IIHS hosted publics on “Ecological Urbanism” by Prof. Mohsen Mostafavi on Monday, 15 April, 2013 at 4:00 pm at IIHS City Campus, Bangalore.
Mohsen Mostafavi, architect and educator, is the Dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design. His work focuses on modes and processes of urbanization and on the interface between technology and aesthetics. His latest book is entitled In the Life of Cities. He was formerly the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University where he was also the Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Professor in Architecture. Previously, he was the Chairman of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London (AA). He studied architecture at the AA, and undertook research on counter-reformation urban history at the Universities of Essex and Cambridge. He has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Cambridge, and the Frankfurt Academy of Fine Arts.
Ecological Urbanism, A Harvard GSD Future Cities Project
While climate change, sustainable architecture, and green technologies have become increasingly topical, issues surrounding the sustainability of the city are much less developed. The premise of this talk is that an ecological approach is urgently needed as an imaginative and practical method for addressing existing as well as new cities.
Ecological Urbanism considers the city with multiple instruments and with a worldview that is fluid in both scale as well as disciplinary focus. Design provides the synthetic key to connect ecology with an urbanism that is not in contradiction with its environment.
Mostafavi sits on the board of the Van Alen Institute, serves on the steering committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and is a member of the Urban Council Board of The Skolkovo Foundation. At Harvard, he co-chairs the Harvard University Committee for the Arts and co-chaired the Common Spaces Committee, and continues to serve on the Advisory Committee for Common Spaces Projects and the Harvard Library Board. He is a member of the Executive Committees of the Mahindra Humanities Center, the Harvard Innovation Lab, the Laboratory at Harvard, and the Standing Committee on Middle Eastern Studies.
Dean Mostafavi has chaired the jury of the Mies van der Rohe Prize for Architecture and both the European and North American juries of the Holcim Foundation Awards for Sustainable Construction. He served on the design committee of the London Development Agency (LDA), the juries for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Gold Medal and Annie Spink Award, and the advisory committee on campus planning of the Asian University for Women.
He is a consultant on a number of international architectural and urban projects. His research and design projects have been published in many journals, including The Architectural Review, AAFiles, Arquitectura, Bauwelt, Casabella, Centre, Daidalos, and El Croquis. His books include
- On Weathering: The Life of Buildings in Time (co-authored 1993), which received the American Institute of Architects prize for writing on architectural theory;
- Delayed Space (co-authored 1994);
- Approximations (2002);
- Surface Architecture (2002);
- Logique Visuelle (2003);
- Landscape Urbanism: A Manual for the Machinic Landscape (2004);
- Structure as Space (2006);
- Ecological Urbanism (co-edited 2010);
- Implicate & Explicate (2011);
- Louis Vuitton: Architecture and Interiors (2011);
- In the Life of Cities (2012);
- Instigations: Engaging Architecture, Landscape and the City (co-edited 2012)