Harvard Students create pink pavilion of 200 elevated models outside Design Miami

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Design Miami 2015: a group of students from the Harvard Graduate School of Design has built a temporary entrance pavilion from architectural models outside the Design Miami fair.

Unbuilt by Harvard Graduate School of Design

Called Unbuilt, the pavilion consists of a grid of poles supporting upside down models of student work from the school's architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and planning programmes.

Together they create a semi-shaded space outside the entrance to the design fair in Miami Beach, Florida. The vivid pink colour helps make the installation visible from a distance, and is also intended to make the projects appear more abstract.

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Students Joanne Cheung, Doug Harsevoort, Steven Meyer, Jenny Shen, and Yiliu Shen-Burke, led by professors Luis Callejas and Hanif Kara, won a Design Miami-sponsored competition to create the structure. 

The team solicited nearly 200 projects from their fellow Harvard students, which were then fabricated in foam for inclusion in the pavilion.  According to the designers, the models of unbuilt projects create a topography of current design thinking at the school. 

Visitors who want more information about the individual models can go to the Unbuilt Miami website to learn more.

"It is a privilege to partner with Harvard GSD, one of the most amazing sources of creative thinking in the world of design," Craig Robins, Design Miami's founder, said in a statement.

He called the fair "a platform that has always been committed to presenting the work of emerging talent alongside material by established and historic designers."

In June, US firm Olson Kundig Architects created an interior pavilion and lounge made of charred wood for Design Miami/Basel 2015

The current edition of Design Miami, which runs until 6 December, includes a hanging chair shaped like a killer-whale by Porky Hefer and a line of furniture by the Campana Brothers inspired by Brazilian bandits' clothing.

  • Jeroen van Lith

    Why are the cleverest students in the world creating such truly boring and useless installations? There are big problems to solve out there.

    • Concerned Citizen

      What makes you think they are so clever, when they are so boring?

  • Concerned Citizen

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