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This body of work investigates alternative solutions to the conventional and widely accepted standards of urban planning models. Rather than following the Classical approach, in which urban components are organized upon a global top-down logic, ‘Intensive Differentiation’ provides an opportunity to uniquely identify new systems of urban organizations determined by communities of interacting urban-agents.
This design-research studio challenges historical legacies brought about through isolated artifacts of reconstruction, and instead, speculate on how evolutionary and conflicting behaviors in the city may inform innovative and ecologically sensitive design solutions outside of expected global capitalistic markets.
Known as Seoul Studio, this design-research group intentionally generates sensitive questions concerning the rise of capital development. The studio operates more as a detective interrogating and exposing what we don’t know in an attempt to reveal certain aspects of hidden, internalized urban morphological exchange.
stitch morphologies: Shanghai
This design research evaluates the existing interactions between the complex scenarios of highway infrastructure and the engagement with public, activated space.
*ACSA 2014 Design Research Award Winner
post-industrial landscapes (2012)
as urban interventions
These once flourishing landscapes, located in dense urban centers provide incremental possibilities for contemporary activation; including the evaluation though innovative methods of manipulating physical horizontal topography, embedded structures, and ‘leftover’ anatomy.
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urban design studio: Shanghai (2014)
urban design studio: Shanghai (2015)
memory and morphology
This second volume, of a 2 part series, continues the investigation into Shanghai's rapid urban development. This studio attempts to uncover signs of intrinsic collective memory and morphology as latent potentials within our increasingly complex contemporary urban fabric.
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Seoul Studio (2017)
artifact, commerce, landscape
speculations of inactive U.S. Navy Shipyards
To examine future possibilities of such consequential voids, inactive shipyard sites, including Charleston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, are selected as case studies for considering productivity and void, challenging the primary themes of an urban design practice.
Seoul Studio (2016)
city as precedent
Tensional Topography (2017)
exhibition, Storrs Gallery, Charlotte, NC
This design research project continues the discussion of fields as a way to elaborate on the generative evolutions of assemblies and networks initiated by Lebbeus Wood’s hand drawings and analog installations, and attempt to propel the work into an exploration of interrelated forces for the generation of a so-called topographic, unpredictable ground.
Jeffrey S Nesbit, a doctoral candidate at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, studies sporadic development, dismantled landscapes, and the evolution of military infrastructure in the 20th century, with focus on NASA landscapes. He is founding director of Haecceitas Studio, director of Seoul Studio, a research program in South Korea, and has taught at the University of North Carolina Charlotte and Texas Tech University, along with leading a number of design studios in the contemporary megalopolis, including China, Korea, and Spain. Nesbit has received various honors for his teaching, design works and research and has been selected for multiple publications, including gallery exhibitions across Texas, Philadelphia, Charlotte, New York City, Beijing, and Seoul. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and received his first Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Texas Tech University.
Chasing the City (Routledge, 2018)
models for extra-urban investigations
Josh Nason and Jeffrey S Nesbit
Charged with approaching the city more sensitively and responsively, this book investigates what designers do not presently know, attempting to learn from the city’s inputs and outputs, simultaneously. Chasing the City demands that progressive city design must evolve from the very city fabrics that foster the heterogeneity and duality of the neo-utopian paradox.
New Geographies 11 (Actar, 2019)
Jeffrey S Nesbit and Guy Trangos
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