The hyperconnected world of the late 20th and early 21st centuries has revealed that mobility, wealth and effortless access for some have been achieved at the cost of immobility, inequity and displacement for others. others. We have entered a phase of critical backlash against globalization, which is for some a critique of international integration, for others a critique of global capitalism and for most a shared global concern about the climate crisis. The contradictions lead us to ask ourselves: What is the “global” of today?
Harvard Design Magazine The 50th issue (Spring/Summer 2022) is edited by Sarah M. Whitingdean and professor of architecture Josep Lluís Sert, and Rahul Mehrotra, chair of the Department of Planning and Design and John T. Dunlop Professor of Housing and Urbanization, Harvard Graduate School of Design. Its theme, “Today’s Globalization” aims to avoid a simple and ineffective return to a simple celebration of the local or the regional. Rather, now is the time to foster a nuanced understanding of design’s place in relation to our planet and advance a more productive discourse on globalization. The issue draws on new examples of design – and even the design of writing – to advance today’s world from multiple perspectives.
What are, for example, the new rubrics by which we organize, understand and situate our agency as designers and planners in the world, beyond imagining it in terms of binaries? How could we slow down the current rate of consumption and production, set by the ever-faster metronome of capitalism? What could define the imagination of global design in the grip of a planetary climate crisis? How might we spark new forms of collaboration that transcend national boundaries and new forms of knowledge production that transcend our current notions of interdisciplinarity? Could design foster a global civil society? How could creators situate or align themselves with these new forms of patronage? And what role could schools play in articulating and promoting a contemporary understanding of the world?
Whiting and Mehrotra invite an international group of public intellectuals, critics, scholars and practitioners in architecture, urban planning, landscaping and the social sciences and humanities to offer an in-depth analysis of political forces , social and economic that have shaped global architecture and design over the past 25 years.
“Today’s Global” features conversations between editors and distinguished guests, including Arjun Appadurai, Francois Julien, Lesley Lokko, Bruno Stagno, Rem Koolhaasand Kate Orf. The issue also includes several essays and dialogues that address the challenges and opportunities facing design thinking in an age of increasing globalization and changing localities and regionalism; contributors include Diane Eck, Nicolas Ouroussoffand Sumayya Vally. “Today’s Global” ends with a call-and-response segment, in which architects, students, activists and designers respond to the provocative prompt: “What does it mean to be a practitioner world today?
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