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Pamphlet Architecture 35

Coming soon, release on September 8, 2015

The 35th edition of Princeton Architectural Press' Pamphlet Architecture Series.

For thirty-seven years, Pamphlet Architecture's forward-thinking authors have challenged architecture's conventional wisdom with bold ideas enhanced by visually provocative design. With far-ranging topics including building and urban form, algorithms, machines, and music, each Pamphlet is unique to the individual or group that authors it. The groundbreaking trajectories and contemporary lines of thought provided by every new issue of Pamphlet is always rooted in the renowned history of the series itself. Giving voice to known and unknown authors alike, Pamphlet asks these practitioners and theorists to present their bold ideas in a manner as visually provocative as it is intellectually compelling. The competition for Pamphlet Architecture 35 offers an opportunity for architects, designers, theorists, urbanists, and landscape architects to produce a small manifesto for tomorrow. The competition winner, not announced at press time, reflects the rigor and excitement found throughout the competition's rich history. Thanks in large part to the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, staying true to this vision has allowed for Pamphlet’s legendary success—which has had influence far exceeding the ad-hoc nature of these humble books.

The Pamphlet Architecture Series was founded in 1978 by architects Steven Holl and William Stout as a venue for publishing the thoughts and works of a younger generation of architects. Each issue is written, illustrated, and designed by a single architect, which gives each its unique character. The series, which received an American Institute of Architects award, continues to influence new generations of architects as it disseminates new and innovative ideas on architecture and presents the work of the luminaries of tomorrow. Previous titles and authors include Steven Holl, Lebbeus Woods, Zaha Hadid, Lars Lerup, Luis Callejas, Mason White, and Lola Sheppard.

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HDM 39 Wet Matter

Harvard Design Magazine 39
(Fall 2014 / Winter 2015)

In collaboration with Jennifer Sigler, this special guest edited issue of Harvard Design Magazine explores the space of the oceans with a range of contributors from across the world: Ulrich Beck, Luis Callejas, Ashley Carse, Christopher Connery, John & Jean Comaroff, Josh Comaroff, Dilip DaCunha, Theo Deutinger, Keller Easterling, Hali Felt, Rose George, Rebecca Gomperts, Max Haiven, Charlie Hailey, Anuradha Mathur, Astrida Neimanis, Kate Orff, Henk Ovink, Martin Pavlinic, Kimberley Peters, Catherine Seavitt, Aboumaliq Simone, Hilary Sample, Jennifer Sigler, Philip Steinberg, Supersudaca, Kristin Wintersteen, Sara Zewde, Byron Stigge, Xiaowei Wang, Dawn Wright.

From the Editor's Note:

"The ocean remains a glaring blind spot in the Western imagination. Catastrophic events remind us of its influence—a lost airplane, a shark attack, an oil spill, an underwater earthquake—but we tend to marginalize or misunderstand the scales of the oceanic. It represents the “other 71 percent” of our planet. Meanwhile, like land, its surface and space continue to be radically instrumentalized: offshore zones territorialized by nation-states, high seas crisscrossed by shipping routes, estuaries metabolized by effluents, sea levels sensed by satellites, seabeds lined with submarines and plumbed for resources. As sewer, conveyor, battlefield, or mine, the ocean is a vast logistical landscape. Whether we speak of fishing zones or fish migration, coastal resilience or tropical storms, the ocean is both a frame for regulatory controls and a field of uncontrollable, indivisible processes. To characterize the ocean as catastrophic—imperiled environment, coastal risk, or contested territory—is to overlook its potential power...The environments and mythologies of the ocean continue to support contemporary urban life in ways unseen and unimagined. The oceanic project—like the work of Marie Tharp, who mapped the seafloor in the shadows of Cold War star scientists—challenges the dry, closed, terrestrial frameworks that shape today’s industrial, corporate, and economic patterns. As contemporary civilization takes the oceanic turn, its future clearly lies beyond the purview of any head of state or space of a nation...Reexamining the ocean’s historic and superficial remoteness, this issue profiles the ocean as contemporary urban space and subject of material, political, and ecologic significance, asking how we are shaping it, and how it is shaping us."

See this conversation with Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Sigler about the re-launch of Harvard Design Magazine.