No. 47, S/S 2019 Inside Scoop

Inside Scoop

No. 47

S/S 2019

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The 47th issue of Harvard Design Magazine is a renewed call to expand the architectural imagination to the interior. We go inside to consider the interior’s equipment and furnishings; its textures, colors, and atmospheres; its relationships with the body and the senses; and its potential to organize and influence human behavior, health, and everyday life.

“What about the inside?” asked Mohsen Mostafavi in 2008, when he began his deanship at the Harvard GSD. In the midst of a global financial crisis, the first iPhone release, and intensifying Obama campaign chants of “Yes We Can,” a disoriented generation of students and practitioners were reassessing their discipline. No longer tasked with generating monumental megaprojects, architects had to find other, more modest ways to make an impact. It was an apt moment to look inward—to reassess, and even redefine, the boundaries of the design disciplines.

Mohsen’s question prompted this magazine’s 29th issue, developed around the idea that the interior had been neglected, even trivialized, in practice and discourse. It was a call for experimental collaboration among the design disciplines, and for a reintegration of the realms in which they operate. A decade later, as Mohsen’s deanship comes to a close, we’ve gone inside once again by way of the rich history of the magazine itself.

Highlighting and reflecting on Harvard Design Magazine’s archive, and presenting innovative approaches to interior spaces past and present, “Inside Scoop” opens up the magazine as an interior itself, one housing vital objects of thought.

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note

What Else about the Inside?

Jennifer Sigler


Taking Hold

Erika Naginski
in response to

Whatever Happened to Total Design?

Mark Wigley
Originally published in Issue No. 5 (1998)

The Interior as Setting

Mohsen Mostafavi
in response to

Architecture’s Inside

Mohsen Mostafavi
Originally published in Issue No. 29 (2008)

Dress Codes

Lois Weinthal
in response to

Curtain Wars: Architects, Decorators, and the 20th-Century Domestic Interior

Joel Sanders
Originally published in Issue No. 16 (2002)

FAMILIA: Corporeal Care and Affective Ties

Shannon Mattern
in response to

FAMILI: Proxy Paranoia or Technological Camaraderie

Originally published in Issue No. 41 (2015)

Uncanny Limbo: A New Type of Architectural Type

Sergio Lopez-Pineiro
in response to

Architecture without Content

Kersten Geers
Originally published in Issue No. 43 (2016)

Another Shade of Gray Space

Megan Panzano
in response to

Gray Space

Alex O’Briant
Originally published in Issue No. 43 (2016)


Danielle Choi
in response to

Green Chaos: The Climatron and the Enclosure of Nature

Robert Riley
Originally published in Issue No. 2 (1997)

Edges of Apprehending

Irene Sunwoo
in response to

How Not to Die

Jenna Sutela
Originally published in Issue No. 40 (2015)

Rustic Modern Contemporary

Alice Friedman
in response to

No (Popular) Place Like Home: On Global Space and Personal Taste

Jim Collins
Originally published in Issue No. 4 (1998)

Community Property

Penelope Dean
in response to

No Strings Attached

Penelope Dean
Originally published in Issue No. 35 (2012)

Pennsylvania Station’s Everlasting Ruin: On Marshall Berman’s Tales of Old New York

Edward Eigen
in response to

Notes from Underground: Plato’s Cave, Piranesi’s Prisons, and the Subway

Marshall Berman
Originally published in Issue No. 15 (2001)

How to Get More from More

Sylvia Lavin
in response to

Notes on More

Andrew Holder
Originally published in Issue No. 43 (2016)

Time’s Up

Barbara Penner
in response to


McKenzie Wark
Originally published in Issue No. 41 (2015)

Talking to Myself about Peter Sloterdijk Talking to Himself

John May
in response to

Spheres Theory: Talking to Myself about the Poetics of Space

Peter Sloterdijk
Originally published in Issue No. 30 (2009)

Islands in the Landscape: The Case of Dropbox

Mark Lee, Sharon Johnston
in response to

The Incorporation of Dissent: Bürolandschaft’s Legacy

Andreas Rumpfhuber

Life in the Clinic

Michael Osman
in response to

The Temperamental Interior

John May, Zeina Koreitem
Originally published in Issue No. 43 (2016)


Living Organisms

Maja Hoffmann, Mohsen Mostafavi

Photo Essay

Interior Evidence

Phillip R. Denny


Looking Inward: An Exchange on Recent Work

Michelle Chang, Andrew Holder, Jon Lott, Toshiko Mori, Mack Scogin, and Preston Scott Cohen with K. Michael Hays, Eric Höweler, John May, John McMorrough, and Megan Panzano


Editor in Chief
Jennifer Sigler

Deputy Editor
Leah Whitman-Salkin

Production Manager
Meghan Ryan Sandberg

Creative Direction & Design
With Projects, Inc.

Editorial Board
K. Michael Hays, Andrew Holder, Mark Lee, Jon Lott, Ashley Schafer

Olivia Casa

Rebecca McNamara

Gina Ciancone, Linda Just

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