Josep Luís Sert: Harvard University Campus Planning and Buildings, 1956–1968


  • Caroline Constant University of Michigan



Sert, Harvard, University campus


Leadership roles in the Harvard University Planning Office and the Cambridge City Planning Commission prompted Josep Lluìs Sert to adapt the utopian proclivities he formulated as President of the Congrès Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM) to American social and cultural realities. The Harvard planning report of 1960 in turn provided a theoretical basis for Sert’s architectural designs for the university, particularly his firm’s Center for the Study of World Religions (1959–61), Holyoke Center (1958–67), and Peabody Terrace (1962–62). All were developed with landscape architects Sasaki, Walter and Associates and built in the campus periphery 1. Although acclaimed in the architectural media, the latter two examples provoked considerable controversy locally, as this account elaborates.


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Caroline Constant, University of Michigan

Caroline Constant is Professor of Architecture and Emil Lorch Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Planning (2011-2014) at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Interests in the social, cultural, and political ramifications of architectural form underlie Constant's teaching as well as her research in architectural history and theory. Constant teaches design studios at all levels in the curriculum as well as graduate seminars investigating the theoretical, historical and ideological underpinnings of the revolution in western architectural thought that took place during the early decades of the twentieth century and the repercussions for subsequent architectural practice.






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