Sanz Serif, a makeshift nickname earned as a result of my typographic likes, is the umbrella under which I present the diverse facets of my work: academic research on architecture and urbanism, design speculations, graphic design, curatorial and editorial work, and writings developed individually or collaborately, in institutional settings or independently.

Current focus: Workscapes.

Tuesday
Apr302013

“Unfolding a modern palimpsest” in Bata World News [Publication]

From Bata World News:

In the April 2013 issue of Domus, a most interesting article entitled “Unfolding a modern palimpsest”, written by architect and urban designer Victor Munoz Sanz (photos by Victor Munoz Sanz and Nouman Malik) highlights the singular nature of Batanagar, the Bata town in India....

More here

Sunday
Apr072013

Batanagar in Domus [Publication]

 

"Unfolding a Modern Palimpsest", my article on Batanagar--the modernist Bata town built in the 1930's in Kolkata--available now in the April' 13 issue of Domus India. The text is illustrated with photos by Nouman Malik and myself. The text is included in the section "Contemporary museum for architecture in India", curated by Domus India's editor Kaiwan Mehta.


"The construction of Batanagar, the Bata town in India, helped to give a new scale to modernity. The streamlined ideals of Bata urbanism, its high modern utopia, transformed the region's existing systems of production and retail, while also engaging in community building and social change."



Contributors in the same issue include Pelin Tan, Suprio Bhattacharjee, Cybermohalla Ensemble, Ekta Idnany, Matthew Allen, Sam Jacob, Femke Bijlsma, Mustansir Dalvi, and James Bridle.

Thursday
Mar142013

The 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Druker Traveling Fellowship - Panel 2 [VIDEO]

This is the video recording of my presentation on my ongoing research on the Bata Shoe Company towns, in an event held at the Harvard Graduate School of Design with the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Druker Fellowship.

Thursday
Feb282013

Presentation: Druker Traveling Fellowship at 25 [Panel presentation]

 

From the Harvard Graduate of School website:

When

Friday, March 01, 2013 
02:00pm - 07:30pm

Where

Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Audience

Free and open to the public

Event Description


The Druker Traveling Fellowship was established though the generosity of Ronald M. Druker LF’76 and the trustees of the Bertram A. Druker Charitable Foundation. This gift is a result of Mr. Druker’s affinity for the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, his eight-year teaching career and his Loeb experience. This event, symposium, and exhibition mark the 25th anniversary of the fellowship.

The fellowship is awarded annually for students to carry out comprehensive research-based travel throughout the world. Recipients are leaders in the design of urban environments and are expected to share their experiences with the GSD community through a lecture or symposium. The goal of this endowed fellowship “is made with the intention of creating urban environments that are practical and imaginative responses to the broad spectrum of physical, political, financial and aesthetic concerns of society.” This award deepens the experience of the recipients’ design education and expects them to make an important contribution to the global discourse in design-based research.

Piper Auditorium
2:00pm Introductory Remarks
Department Chair Rahul Mehrotra (MAUD ’87) / Ronald M. Druker (LF ’76)

2:30pm The Fellowship Across Decades (Moderated by Rahul Mehrotra)
Bill N. McIlroy – First Recipient, 1987 / Janne Corneil – 1995 Recipient / Frank Ruchala, Jr. – 2002 Recipient

4:00pm Coffee Break

4:15pm Current Explorations — (Moderated by Felipe Correa, MAUD ’03)
Loreta Castro Reguera – 2010 Recipient / Victor Muñoz Sanz – 2011 Recipient / Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro — 2012 Recipient

Closing Remarks

 

Ronald M. Druker, president of the Druker Company, LTD. has been involved in a variety of development activities encompassing retail, hotel, residential and office projects. His most recent focus has been on urban mixed use developments, including the Heritage on the Garden in Boston’s Back Bay, On the Public Garden and Atelier|505 in Boston’s South End. Both of these complezes were recognized by they Urban Land Institute by winning the coveted “Oscar” of the profession, The ULI Award for Excellence. Druker is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, The Columbia Graduate School of Business and was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he also was  a member of the Urban design Faculty from 1975-1983. Druker is active on many civic, educational and cultural boards. 

Contact

events@gsd.harvard.edu

Monday
Feb042013

Extreme Urbanism 2 [Book]

  

 

The copies of the new book in the Extreme Urbanism series are traveling now to Cambridge!

"Extreme Urbanism 2: Speculations and Alternative Futures for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region" is a 514-page studio research report edited by Rahul Mehrotra, Gareth Doherty, and myself. Its publication has been possible thanks to the support of the Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

 

The book was designed by Sanz Serif.

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