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Urban Space Art Season and West Bund Biennale, Shanghai

Project: Windcatcher, Madrid developed at Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Course: Thermodynamic Madrid: A New Good Life
Instructor: Iñaki Abalos

September 29 - December 15, 2015

Guided by the concept “City upon Culture and Art” and combining “exhibition with practice”, 2015 Shanghai Urban Space Art Season introduced the projects during urban construction into the exhibition and created an urban space art brand event that is “international, public and practical”. SUSAS consists of main exhibition, practice exhibition and combined exhibition. With Wu Jiang and Mohsen Mostafavi as chief curators, the exhibition will be opened in Sep. through Dec. West Bund is the main venue for this main exhibition of the season. 

Urban Space Art Season and West Bund Biennale, Shanghai

Grounded Visionaries: Pedagogy and Practice

Project: Housing in Brazil

Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Druker Design Gallery
August 25 - December 28, 2014

The intellectual and imaginative contributions of the Harvard Graduate School of Design are exemplary, global, and distinct. These contributions—whether by alumni, faculty, or students—engage with the realms of ideas and implementation, design and impact.

We believe strongly in the value of learning from and caring for others. That is why our approach to the built environment is always attuned to cultural, social, economic, and physical global conditions. But for our projects and proposals to be effective, we must also be at the vanguard of disciplinary knowledge. It is this combination of knowledge and global purpose that forms the ethos and shapes the work of the School.

Inequity and risk are two of the defining characteristics of our contemporary society. From climate change to limited resources, inadequate housing, and lack of public infrastructure and amenities, it is our responsibility to imagine and design alternative proposals that are at once beautiful and just.

This exhibition on Pedagogy and Practice provides a glimpse into the world and unique investigations of the Graduate School of Design. For us, the term Grounded Visionaries provides a framework, a dialectical strategy, that helps to reinforce the relational opportunities and necessities that lie between vision and action. This is no small project, but one that calls on the full extent of our talents and commitment.

—Mohsen Mostafavi
Dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design

Grounded Visionaries: Pedagogy and Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Housing in Brazil
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