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Common Frameworks

Rethinking the Developmental City

Fall 2012

Fall 2011

Housing Beijing

Dominant Types and the Idea of the City

Fall 2011

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Common Frameworks

Booklet

Fall 2012

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Harvard University Graduate School of Design

The work of Serie is closely linked to the research and teaching conducted at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, with Chris Lee and Simon Whittle running a design studio and seminar course since 2011. Chris Lee is currently Adjunct Associate Professor and was previously Design Critic in Architecture at the GSD.

The studio and course is focused on the research of the contemporary city through its architecture. It posits that the discursive nature of dominant types in the process of urbanization allows the conceptualization and theorization of the city as an idea. Through this, it is then possible to conceive of architectures that are relevant and meaningful to the wider context in which it is produced - the city.

At present, Chris Lee is leading a three year funded research on the frontier cities in China, titled 'Common Frameworks'. In these fast developing cities, the research focuses on the architectures of the city that are more resilient and adaptive to programmatic shifts - building types that have remained useable and involved in the process of urbanization of the city despite their change of use. This reorients the issue of sustainability away from the technical. It allows lessons and models to be drawn from the city's history and culture, and the discovery of types that have persisted in time. In part, the ambition of the research is to transform and revalidate these persistent types as architectural proposition for the city that are resilient, adaptive, inclusive and above all, socially and culturally engaged.