Shuli Hallak, Facebook Data Center, Prineville, Oregon, from New Geographies 07: Information Geographies, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.
New Geographies: Design, Agency, Territory aims to examine the emergence of the geographic, a new but for the most part latent paradigm in design today, as well as to articulate it and bring it to bear effectively on the social role of design. Through critical essays and design projects, New Geographies seeks to position design's agency amid concerns of scale, infrastructure, ecology, and globalization, with the “geographic” condition reflecting a desire for a synthetic scalar practice that links attributes understood to be either separate from each other or external to the design disciplines, opening a range of technical, formal, and social repertoires for architecture.
Hashim Sarkis is the Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism in Muslim Societies and director of the Aga Khan Program at Harvard University’s GSD. He teaches design studios on architecture, infrastructure, and public space. He also teaches courses in the history and theory of architecture. Sarkis is also a practicing architect. He has published several books including Circa 1958: Lebanon in the Pictures and Plans of Constantinos Doxiadis (Beirut: Dar Annahar, 2003); edited (Munich: Prestel, 2001); coedited (with Eric Mumford) Josep Lluis Sert: The Architect of Urban Design (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008); coedited (with Peter G. Rowe) Projecting Beirut (Munich: Prestel, 1998); and edited the CASE publication series (GSD/Prestel). He received his BArch and BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, his MArch from the GSD, and his PhD in architecture from Harvard University.
Taraneh Meshkani is an architect and a doctor of design candidate at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She is also a doctoral fellow in the Harvard Graduate Consortium on Energy and Environment. Meshkani received her MArch from the University of Toronto and her BArch from Azad University of Tehran. She has worked as a teaching fellow and research associate at the GSD. Meshkani has received many awards, such as the Professional Experience Program Award from Morphosis Architects; the 2009–10 Toronto Society of Architects Scholarship; and the 2010 Canadian Architect Student Award of Excellence (for her thesis project).
Pablo Pérez Ramos is a licensed architect and a landscape architect from Madrid. He received a professional degree in architecture from the ETSAMadrid in 2006, and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Harvard University’s GSD in 2012. Recently, he has received Harvard University’s GSD Dean's Merit Scholarship, the Fundación Caja Madrid Scholarship, and the Fundación La Caixa Scholarship. He has taught at ETSAMadrid, and the Boston Architectural College. At the GSD, he is currently a teaching fllow in the Urban Design Department and the Landscape Architecture Department, and research associate at the New Geographies Lab.
Nikos Katsikis is an architect, urbanist, and doctor of design candidate (DDeS) at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where he is research associate at New Geographies Lab and Urban Theory Lab. He has worked as a teaching fellow at the GSD and the National Technical University Athens (NTUA), and has instructed studios at Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. He is a registered architect in Greece (2006), where he was an associate architect with Sakelaridou and Papanikolaou Architects. He holds a professional degree in architecture with highest distinction (2006) and an MS in architecture and spatial design (2009) from NTUA.
Daniel Daou is a doctor of design candidate at the Harvard University’s GSD. He holds a BArch from the Universidad Iberoamericana, where he graduated at the top of his class in 2006. He was a visiting scholar at SCI-Arc, a fellow for the National Council for Science and Technology, and was recognized as a “Young Talent” by the National Fund for Culture and Arts. In 2011, with the support from the Fulbright Program and the Brockman Foundation, he obtained an MS in architecture studies and a master’s degree in city planning with an urban design certificate from MIT.
Ali Fard is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where he is coeditor of the New Geographies journal and a research associate at the Urban Theory Lab. Fard's current work deals with the operational networks of connectivity, the urban and spatial disposition of information and communication technologies, and the extended agency of design in contemporary processes of urbanization. His work and writing have been featured in MONU, Bracket, Azure, MAS Context, and Conditions.
Daniel Ibáñez is a licensed architect by the Escuela Politécnica de Madrid with distinction (ETSAM, 2007), and holds a master’s degree in advanced architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya (IAAC, 2008). In 2012, he completed a master’s degree in design studies in urbanism, landscape, and ecology at the GSD as a fellow and Fulbright Scholar from the Fundación La Caixa, where he awarded the Dimitris Pikionis Award for best academic performance in his program. Ibáñez is currently affiliated with the GSD as a doctor of design student, where he is currently developing his thesis on metabolic urbanism.
The mission of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design is to advance the professions concerned with the planning and design of buildings and landscapes, together with their urban, suburban, and rural settings; and to matriculate students poised to challenge the conventions of design and transform the built environment in an increasingly complex and competitive global landscape. The first issue of New Geographies appeared in Spring 2008.