On Thursday, September 15, the Harvard Graduate School of Design will present its two-day “Inaugural Conference of the Office for Urbanization: ‘heliomorphism’,” examining “new forms of urban order through solar orientation.” The conference is convening an international group of GSD faculty and doctoral candidates, as well as a select group of GSD alumni to examine its present potentials through three discursive frames: plug-ins, commons, and zero-sum. In the opening keynote, Thom Mayne (Morphosis) and Jeanne Gang (Studio Gang) will present work from their respective practices and discuss their relationship to the ideas of architect Ralph Knowles, the pioneering theorist of the “solar envelope.” The program will continue on 9/16 with project presentations by Preston Scott Cohen MArch ’85, Mariana Ibañez, and Eric Höweler, and will conclude with a keynote by CGBC affiliate Iñaki Ábalos. “Heliomorphism” is convened by Charles Waldheim, John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture and director of the Office for Urbanization, with Sergio Lopez-Pineiro, lecturer in landscape architecture, and Daniel Ibañez, MDes ‘12, DDes candidate. In addition, CGBC affiliates Arta Yazdanseta, Holly Samuelson and Salmaan Craig will be presenting during the conference.
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