23: Regeneration: Design as Dialogue, Building as Transformation F/W 2005


“Nothing will come of nothing.” In the next decades designers will need ot shift their prime paradigm from drawing on blank slates and to adaptively redesign the already designed and built environment. This shift, which will be necessitated by increasing resource shortages and the need for sustainability, could be thought of as threatening designers’ creativity and autonomy, but such an assumption is based on the treacherous belief that monologues are “freer” than dialogues, that one cannot bring oneself into being more fully in a rich, demanding responsiveness to givens, like transformations of rail yards into parks, malls into housing, or military bases into villages, and adding onto rather than tearing down buildings. Harvard Design Magazine 23 focuses on and theorizes exciting, effective, urgent, and rich redesign or “co-design” (additions)—past, present, and future.

Table of Contents


Bust or Fold: Suburbia as Destiny

Jeffrey Inaba, Peter Zellner

Deference, Dialogue, and Dissolve: How New Architecture Meets Old

Peter Buchanan

Diminishing Difficulty: Mass Customization and the Digital Production of Architecture

Daniel Willis, Todd Woodward

Does Enforcement of Architects’ Regulations Protect the Public Welfare? Not Enough.

Thomas Spector

Gathering the Given: Michelangelo’s Redesign of the Campidoglio

James S. Ackerman

In Celebration of Complementary Architecture: Architectural History’s Suppressed Glories

Wilfried Wang

Moneo’s Anxiety: Rafael Moneo’s Theoretical Anxiety and Design Strategies in the Work of Eight Contemporary Architects

Jeffrey Kipnis

Reconstruction Doubts: The Ironies of Building in Schinkel’s Name

Barry Bergdoll

Roadside Redesigns: —Woody and Variegated—to Help Sustain Nature and People

Richard T.T. Forman

The Production of Locality in Josep Luis Sert’s Peabody Terrace

Sarah Williams Goldhagen

Urban Land is a Natural Thing to Waste: Seeing and Appreciating Drosscapes

Alan Berger


Dark Age Ahead by Jane Jacobs

Ken Greenberg

Present Pasts: Urban Palimpsests and the Politics of Memory by Andreas Huyssen

Jan Otakar Fischer

Warped Space by Anthony Vidler

Christopher Long