Apr 18, 2015
UTL researchers Daniel Ibanez and Grga Basic recently contributed to a symposium on "Arctic States" which was hosted by the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia (UVA). The event was organized by UVA professors, Matthew Jull and Leena Cho, directors of the Arctic Design Group and recent graduates of the Harvard GSD. The symposium included contributions by a wide range of scholars, architects and designers who are concerned to understand and shape extreme, remote and contested territories such as the Arctic. The symposium provided a forum for generating and discussing ideas, conceptualizations and projects in and around the Arctic region.
In his lecture to the opening panel of the symposium, Daniel Ibañez reported on the work that the Urban Theory Lab has been developing on the Operational Landscapes of Urbanization, with particular reference to UTL studies of the Arctic region by Grga Basic, Ali Fard and Ghazal Jafari. In his contribution to the event, Grga Basic presented two posters derived from that collaborative research which synthesized our work in progress on the Arctic's thickening urban fabric.
Feb 07, 2018
UTL researchers Mariano Gomez-Luque and Ghazal Jafari recently launched their new edited volume, New Geographies 09: Posthuman, in a gathering at the Harvard GSD Loeb Library. Continuing the tradition of cutting-edge research at the intersection between geography and design in the ongoing New Geographies project, this volume surveys the urban environments shaping the more-than-human geographies of the early 21st century. Seeing design as a geographical agent deeply involved in the territorial engravings of contemporary urbanization, New Geographies 09 interrogates the meaning of concepts such as 'nature', 'technology', 'the urban' and that of 'design intelligence' itself, embracing the “planetary” as the ultimate spatiotemporal stage of the posthuman condition.
The volume is available to purchase through Amazon.