"A terrible mechanism [is] on the march, its gears multiplying." So begins the first essay of the 48th issue of Harvard Design Magazine, guest edited by Mark Lee, chair of the department of architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Florencia Rodriguez, editorial director of -Ness Magazine. The issue takes as its theme the slippery and ambiguous figure of "America," seen through the lens of the built and unbuilt environment. Americanization—once the "terrible mechanism" bent on pressing capitalist values on emerging economies everywhere—is now in retreat, eclipsed by the more urgent domestic concerns of pandemic and climate change, racial injustice and domestic radicalization. The very notion of what constitutes America is ripe for redefinition.
This event will include a reveal of the just-redesigned Harvard Design Magazine and its 48th issue, guest edited by Mark Lee, chair of the department of architecture at Harvard GSD, and Florencia Rodriguez, editorial director of -Ness Magazine. Lee and Rodriguez moderate a conversation alongside Maite Borjabad López-Pastor, Neeraj Bhatia, Paul Andersen, and Marc Norman, introduced by Harvard Design Magazine editorial director Julie Cirelli.