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Three Gallatin Faculty Push the Envelope on Global Design

Professors Anker, Harpman, and Joachim Team Up to Imagine the Architecture of the Future

Dec 16, 2014

Design from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Design from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

A trio of Gallatin faculty members—Peder Anker, Louise Harpman, and Mitchell Joachim—have just published Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned (Prestel 2014), a showcase of design research as it relates to visionary architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, and ecological planning.

“We believe that the rhetoric of the ‘global’ is fast becoming an umbrella of excuses for high-profile architects to disregard the local conditions—including climate, material, labor, and ecology,” says Harpman, an associate professor of practice at Gallatin and co-founder of the architecture firm Specht Harpman. Global Design brings the expertise and talents of Harpman together with those of Associate Professor and Director Environmental Studies Program at NYU Anker and Associate Professor Joachim, who is also co-president of the non-profit urban design group Terreform ONE.

“Our book stakes out a very clear position for contemporary global architecture,” says Harpman, “and tries to showcase leading-edge practices that engage both the local and the global simultaneously.” Offering a consideration of design solutions to global warming and the challenges that it poses to the architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design communities, Global Design is the latest platform for the ongoing mission of Global Design NYU, the initiative co-founded and directed by Anker, Harpman, and Joachim. GNYU’s other activities have included gallery shows, public lectures, and academic symposia in New York City and London, and GDNYU is planning future events at other sites in NYU’s Global Network.

See a feature on Global Design created by Taylor Brock (BA '16) and Haley Gaston (BA '15) on Confluence, Gallatin's online platform for student writing, art, and research.