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AI Creates Generative Floor Plans and Styles with Machine Learning at Harvard

05:00 - 5 June, 2019

Designer and Fulbright fellow Stanislas Chaillou has created a project at Harvard utilizing machine learning to explore the future of generative design, bias and architectural style. While studying AI and its potential integration into architectural practice, Chaillou built an entire generation methodology using Generative Adversarial Neural Networks (GANs). Chaillou's project investigates the future of AI through architectural style learning, and his work illustrates the profound impact of style on the composition of floor plans.

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Architect Aleksandra Jaeschke Wins 2019 Wheelwright Prize

09:30 - 10 May, 2019
Architect Aleksandra Jaeschke Wins 2019 Wheelwright Prize, Caterpillar (Augusta, Italy, 2008) pedestrian bridge, an exploration of the moire' effect and structural slenderness. Project by AION (Aleksandra Jaeschke and Andrea Di Stefano). Image Courtesy of Aleksandra Jaeschke
Caterpillar (Augusta, Italy, 2008) pedestrian bridge, an exploration of the moire' effect and structural slenderness. Project by AION (Aleksandra Jaeschke and Andrea Di Stefano). Image Courtesy of Aleksandra Jaeschke

Architect Aleksandra Jaeschke has been named the winner of the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s 2019 Wheelwright Prize. Jaeschke receives a $100,000 traveling fellowship to fund her research proposal UNDER WRAPS: Architecture and Culture of Greenhouses. The fellowship and grant are designed to support investigative approaches to contemporary architecture, with an emphasis on travel-based research.

I Ramarri (Siracusa, Italy, 2012), terraced houses overlooking an agrarian landscape framed by the sea. Project by AION (Aleksandra Jaeschke and Andrea Di Stefano). Image Courtesy of Aleksandra Jaeschke Periscope (Siracusa, Italy, 2012), a house overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Project by AION (Aleksandra Jaeschke and Andrea Di Stefano). Image Courtesy of Aleksandra Jaeschke Lost Highway (Siracusa, Italy, 2009), a live-work space set in an agrarian landscape. Project by AION (Aleksandra Jaeschke and Andrea Di Stefano). Image Courtesy of Aleksandra Jaeschke Dome (Siracusa, Italy, 2011), a brick pavilion built with a man-controlled revolving compass. Design-build studio led by prof. Luigi Alini and AION (Aleksandra Jaeschke and Andrea Di Stefano). Photo: Francesco Lopes. Image Courtesy of Aleksandra Jaeschke + 7

Harvard Graduate School of Design Announces Sarah Whiting as Next Dean

11:00 - 18 April, 2019
Harvard Graduate School of Design Announces Sarah Whiting as Next Dean, © Harvard GSD
© Harvard GSD

The Harvard Graduate School of Design has announced that Sarah Whiting, dean of the Rice University School of Architecture since 2010, will serve as the next dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, beginning on July 1st. Described by the university as “an outstanding scholar, educator, and architect with broad interests that range across the design principles and beyond,” Whiting served on the GSD faculty for six years before moving to Princeton and later becoming the dean at Rice, where she also served as the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture.

7 International Examples of How the Bauhaus Lived On After 1933

08:00 - 12 February, 2019
7 International Examples of How the Bauhaus Lived On After 1933

After the dissolution of the Bauhaus due to Nazi political pressure in April 1933, the ideas, teachings, and philosophies of the school were flung across the world as former students and faculty dispersed in the face of impending war. Of the numerous creative talents associated with the Bauhaus, many went on to notable careers elsewhere. Some made a living as artists or practitioners, others either continued or began careers as teachers themselves - and many did both throughout the course of their lives.

Main building of the former Black Mountain College. Image via Wikimedia under public domain Gropius House. Imagevia Picryl under public domain Ulm School of Design building by Max Bill . Image © <a href=‘https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HfGUlmbuilding.jpg'>Flickr user alphanumeric</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> Barn at Pond Farm. Image © <a href=‘https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pond_Farm_Barn_Exterior.JPG'>Wikimedia user MikeVdP</a> licensed under <a href=‘https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 4.0</a> + 11

Harvard GSD Relaunches Free Online Architecture Course

09:00 - 1 February, 2019
Harvard GSD Relaunches Free Online Architecture Course, © Harvard GSD
© Harvard GSD

The Harvard Graduate School of Design has relaunched its free online course entitled “The Architectural Imagination.” Directed by the school’s Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory, K. Michael Hays, the course seeks to teach students “how to understand architecture as both cultural expression and technical achievement.”

The free 10-week program runs until July 2019 and is carried out through the online edX platform, a Harvard/MIT system that specializes in high-quality massive open online courses. During the course, students will engage with the social and historical contexts behind major works of architecture, basic principles to produce drawings and models, and the pertinent content for academic study or a professional career as an architect.

Prize-Winning Harvard GSD Thesis Questions the Skin-Deep Application of Vernacular Design

11:00 - 24 January, 2019
Prize-Winning Harvard GSD Thesis Questions the Skin-Deep Application of Vernacular Design, © Ziwei Song
© Ziwei Song

Each year, the Boston Society of Architects offers the James Templeton Kelley Prize to the best final design project for the MArch degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. This year, the March II recipient was Ziwei Song for their thesis titled “Not so skin deep: vernacularism in XL” for exploring alternative ways of integrating the Chinese vernacular with modern “XL” developments.

Ziwei’s thesis sought to re-approach the typical developer project in China, and demonstrate the capacity of the vernacular image to positively-effect the sequence, perception, and exposure of space. To test this, the project was placed on Chongqing, a typical second-tier city in China with a concentration of XL developer projects.

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Harvard GSD's Wheelwright Prize 2019 is Open for Submissions

09:00 - 8 November, 2018
Harvard GSD's Wheelwright Prize 2019 is Open for Submissions, © Kris Snibbe/Harvard University News Office
© Kris Snibbe/Harvard University News Office

The Harvard Graduate School of Design has initiated a call for submissions for the 2019 Wheelwright Prize, an open international competition that awards $100,000 to a “talented early-career architect to support travel-based research.”

With an open competition process, the Wheelwright Prize recognizes the importance of field research to professional development and reinforces Harvard GSD’s dedication to fostering investigative approaches to contemporary design. The winning entrant will join previous winners such as Aude-Line Duliere in 2018, Samuel Bravo in 2017, and Anna Puigjaner in 2016.

Herzog & de Meuron and Beyer Blinder Belle Selected by Harvard GSD for Gund Hall "Transformative Expansion"

11:45 - 26 July, 2018
Herzog & de Meuron and Beyer Blinder Belle Selected by Harvard GSD for Gund Hall "Transformative Expansion", The Trays at Gund Hall. Image Courtesy of Harvard GSD
The Trays at Gund Hall. Image Courtesy of Harvard GSD

The Harvard Graduate School of Design (Harvard GSD) has selected Herzog & de Meuron and Beyer Blinder Belle as the design team for a “significant transformation” of the School’s iconic Gund Hall campus building.

The proposed expansion will include the integration of a new space into the School’s existing structure, with the goal of creating a facility which “will embody the School’s visionary and cross-disciplinary work at the intersection of design, pedagogy, research, and practice."

Gund Hall. Image Courtesy of Harvard GSD The Trays at Gund Hall. Image Courtesy of Harvard GSD Gund Hall. Image Courtesy of Harvard GSD Gund Hall. Image Courtesy of Harvard GSD + 8

Paradoxes of Green: Landscapes of a City-State

16:30 - 29 May, 2018
Paradoxes of Green: Landscapes of a City-State, "Beautifully written." —Landscape Architecture Magazine
"Beautifully written." —Landscape Architecture Magazine

This innovative multidisciplinary study considers the concept of green from multiple perspectives—aesthetic, architectural, environmental, political, and social—in the Kingdom of Bahrain, where green has a long and deep history of appearing cooling, productive, and prosperous—a radical contrast to the hot and hostile desert.

Students use Complex Computer Analysis to Generate Seemingly Impossible Plastic Pavilion

06:00 - 21 December, 2017
Students use Complex Computer Analysis to Generate Seemingly Impossible Plastic Pavilion, © Maggie Janik
© Maggie Janik

Testing the limits of structural viability and computer-based modeling, the 2017 Komorebi Pavilion used thin sheets of polyethylene terephthalate (PETG) in a unique way to develop an ethereal, self-supporting enclosure. The pavilion is the result of a collaboration between architecture students at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and engineering researchers at the University of Tokyo.

Harvard HouseZero - A Retrofit Response to Climate Change

14:00 - 27 May, 2017
Harvard HouseZero - A Retrofit Response to Climate Change , ZeroHouse aims to set a new benchmark for sustainable retrofitting. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta/Plompmozes
ZeroHouse aims to set a new benchmark for sustainable retrofitting. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta/Plompmozes

As part of a global, interdisciplinary effort to tackle climate change, architects are devoting resources towards optimizing the energy efficiency of buildings old and new. This effort is more than justified, given that buildings account for almost 40% of UK and US emissions. Although sustainability is now a hallmark of many new architectural schemes, the energy inefficiency of structures from the 18th and 19th centuries still contribute to global carbon emissions on a vast scale.

In order to address the challenge of intelligently retrofitting existing buildings, the Harvard Center for Green Buildings (CGBC) at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, in collaboration with Snøhetta and Skanska Technology, are retrofitting the CGBC’s headquarters in a pre-1940s timber-framed building, aiming to create one of the world’s most ambitious sustainable buildings. HouseZero is driven by uncompromising performance targets, such as 100% natural ventilation, 100% daylight autonomy, and almost zero energy required for heating and cooling. The result will be a prototype for ultra-efficiency, reducing reliance on energy-intensive technology whilst creating a comfortable indoor environment.

An array of features include PV cells, a heat pump, window shrouds and a solar vent. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta The existing 1940's timber-framed house will become the CGBC HQ. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta Despite its environmental provisions, ZeroHouse also places an emphasis on user-friendly design. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta/Plompmozes ZeroHouse aims to become completely energy autonomous. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta/Plompmozes + 5

Harvard GSD Designs UNBUILT Pavilion for Design Miami

14:00 - 20 September, 2015
Harvard GSD Designs UNBUILT Pavilion for Design Miami, Courtesy of Harvard GSD
Courtesy of Harvard GSD

Uncountable hours, and piles of failed sketches and models to go with them – much of the architecture process is left unseen, held behind locked doors, but Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD)’s Pavilion for Design Miami exposes this process for the first time. After a school-wide competition involving over 100 students in 32 teams, a judging panel of GSD faculty and representatives of Design Miami selected “UNBUILT” to represent the school at this year’s fair.

Harvard GSD and John A. Paulson SEAS Launch Collaborative Design Engineering Degree Program

08:00 - 18 September, 2015
Harvard GSD and John A. Paulson SEAS Launch Collaborative Design Engineering Degree Program, Exhibit at Harvard GSD © Justin Knight. Image via Harvard GSD
Exhibit at Harvard GSD © Justin Knight. Image via Harvard GSD

Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have announced a new, collaborative program: the Master in Design Engineering (MDE) degree. Beginning in Fall 2016, the program, lasting for four terms over two years, will offer students the resources of both GSD and SEAS, combining skills and knowledge across fields to solve multi-scale, complex, open-ended problems.