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About Us

Iñaki Ábalos © Abalos+Sentkiewicz AS+
Iñaki Ábalos is a Ph.D. in Architecture and Chaired Professor of Architectural Design at the ETSAM since 2002. He was Kenzo Tange Professor (2009) at GSD Harvard University, RIBA International Fellowship 2009 (Royal Institute of British Architects). Professor in Residence in Architecture (2012-2017), and Former Chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (2013-2016). He was appointed “Buell Book Fellow” and “Visiting Professor” at Columbia University (New York, 1995), “Diploma Unit Master” at the Architectural Association (London, 1998-2000) and “Professeur Invite“in the EPF Lausanne 1998. He was “Jean Labatute Professor” at the University of Princeton (New Jersey, 2004-2007),“Visiting Professor” at Cornell University (Ithaca, 2007-2008), and Professor at BIArch (Barcelona, 2010-2012).

Mark Lee ©
Mark Lee is a principal and founding partner of the Los Angeles-based architecture firm Johnston Marklee. Since its establishment in 1998, Johnston Marklee has been recognized nationally and internationally with over 30 major awards. Mark has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), Princeton University, the University of California, Los Angeles, the Technical University of Berlin, and ETH Zurich. He has served as Chair of the Architecture Department at the GSD since 2018.He has held the Cullinan Chair at Rice University and the Frank Gehry International Chair at the University of Toronto.Together with partner Sharon Johnston, Mark Lee was the Artistic Director for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

“Transience in Sight,

Transience in Site”

Photography Exhibition


A novel sense of transience in our public spaces under the advent of the pandemic has changed the tempo of public life. Subsequently, our temporal and spatial registrations are further reshaped by our own sensory and experiential adaptations in reaction to our fleeting sense of the environment. In today's public space, although buildings and streets as physical containers have not fundamentally changed, the interaction between people and the environment -even objects and the environment- are undergoing tremendous shifts.

The exhibition "Reflecting Upon the Lens of Public Space" curated by ChinaGSD hopes to explore new discoveries and insights in public spaces under the epidemic through photography. Our exhibitors are not limited by any professional background or creative restrictions. The exhibition serves as an open communication platform to present a personalized interpretation of public spaces. From different corners of the world, the 30 participating authors showcase more than 200 photos from regions such as China, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. The collective vision demonstrates public space under the subjugation of the same, global pandemic in varying shifts of tempos, registrations, and understandings.

© Simon von Gunten (Kneubühl)
Ascan Mergenthaler is a Senior Partner at Herzog & de Meuron. He has led the realization of several international projects, including the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Parrish Art Museum on Long Island, New York, the Tate Modern Project in London, the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, 56 Leonard Street in New York City, and Tai Kwun, Centre for Heritage & Arts in Hong Kong. He is currently working on several high-profile projects, such as the M+, a cultural center for 20th and 21st century art, design, architecture, and the moving image, and the Neue Nationalgalerie - Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts in Berlin.

Prof. Dr. Linxue Li is Professor & Ph. D Supervisor at College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University and Principal Architect of Atelier L+. He is also the Director of CETA (Center for Energy & Thermodynamic Architecture) & SOCIOECO LAB, chairman of special column in T+A, international editor of urbanNEXT. In 2014, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and in 2020, the Graham Wills Visiting Professor of School of Architecture at University of Sheffield. In 2000, he was selected by the Presidential Program “50 ARCHITECTES EN FRANCE” and studied in Ecole d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville.

Linxue Li establishes his teaching, research, practice and international exchange on the basis of a defining theoretical discourse and with an aim to integrate knowledge production and architectural pradtice. His main fields of research include thermodynamic ecological architecture, public architectural conglomerates, and is at the frontier for contemporary architectural practice. His main concentration of teaching is created through studying thermodynamic ecological system, exploring new paradigms of interaction between energy and architectural noumenon.

To inaugurate Issue 01,ChinaGSD invites you to share new findings on public space during the pandemic in the form of an uploaded image. We encourage you to capture the changes that have taken place in the city’s public spaces as they have adapted to the impact of the pandemic, both during and after the pandemic. For example, the changes of animals and vegetations in cities due to the reduction of human activities; the brave volunteers who moved through the streets, squares, and parks during the pandemic; the public spaces that have changed due to the government’s new public health policy; and the transformation and reuse of the city’s public infrastructure system.

Chosen images will form an online exhibition available on our official website, Instagram, Wechat and our collaborating media partners in early October.

Register to attend the lecture via this link.

Once you have registered, the zoom link will be emailed to you.

Harvard University ChinaGSD is proud to introduce the virtual symposium “What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Public Space?”.

The event, featuring practitioners and professors at the forefront of the discipline, will dive into how China’s rapid development since its opening up reforms had led to a significant change in attitudes toward public space.

As the advent of the decade is overturned by a global pandemic that disrupts our behavior in the public sphere, the time is ripe to reflect, recognize, and reconsider attitudes towards public space.