New Geographies 2: Landscapes of Energy
Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Rania Ghosn, editor-in-chief, 2010

The triad of energy, economy, and environment is again at the forefront of concerns. However, dominated by a quantitative quest to increase capacity and improve performance, the energy discourse represents space as an “externality:” it slides costs out of sight and abstracts the role of space in the production of value and social relations.
Volume 2 of New Geographies proposes to historicize and materialize the relations of energy and space, and map some of the physical, social, and representational geographies of oil, in particular. By making visible this infrastructure, Landscapes of Energy is an invitation to articulate design’s environmental agency and its appropriate scales of intervention.

Contributors to New Geographies 2 include: Ivan Illich, John May, Carola Hein, Gavin Bridge, Abdellatif Benachenhou and El Hadi Jazairy, Santiago del Hierro and Gary Leggett, Andrew Barry, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Geoffrey Thün and Kathy Velikov, Martin Melosi, Maria Kaika, Geoff Manaugh, Pierre Bélanger, Kazys Varnelis and Robert Sumrell, Jean Robert, Mirko Zardini.