1st edition 1986, second edition 1999, translated into Italian,Spanish, Japanese. The Le Corbusier Guide has been in continuous print since it was first published in 1986. It has given generations of students and practitioners an appreciation of the buildings in situ. This appreciation of the relation of the buildings to their landscapes is just now becoming a subject of popular study, as evidenced by the recent exhibit at MOMA Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscape.


Editor with Claire Weisz and contributing author

This collection of essays and projects from a range of disciplines including architects Renzo Piano, the artist Andy Goldsworthy and the engineer Himanshu Parihk, as well as research on refugee camps by Gans , tackles green issues on a large scale from the perspective of damaged sites or brownfields. It investigates how natural ecology can be balanced with redevelopment for human activity.


 Edited with Zehra Kuz, International AIA Book Awards, Honorable Mention 2003, Graham Foundation Grant 2002

With its promise of environmental symbiosis, the idea of the organic has re-emerged as a design force. The book is a multi-disciplinary investigation in the context of ecology, social and physical infrastructures and digital technologies. It brings together outstanding figures in various disciplines engineers Mahadav Raman of Arup, computer graphic technologist Tom Brigham and architect Volker Giencke and historian Kenneth Frampton. The volume intentionally highlights faculty from Pratt Institute such as John Johansen to celebrate to school’s important legacy in this approach


 This volume is a translation of an essay Le Corbusier wrote intended toward students prefaced by an essay by Deborah Gans that sets the detailed political and cultural context for the talk and for Le Corbusier’s thinking toward the end of his life.




Gans’s research, writing and practice form an integrated whole focused on new forms of social engagement. Her essays create an international public platform for her thinking particularly on housing and ecologies -- both of which are also central to her practice. While responsible scholarship, they are written for a larger popular audience and so find their way into translation or travels across the web.

“Beyond Temporary: Prototypes for Resilient Communities” co-authored with Cynthia Barton and Rosamund Palmer in Housing as Intervention: Architecture Towards Social Equity ed. Karen Kubey. 2018

"Design Action," Concurrent Urbanities: Designing Infrastructures of Inclusion, ed. Miodrag Mitrasinovic, Routledge 2016

"Hospitality Begins at Home: Spatial Peace for Jerusalem,” began as a piece for PLACES/Design Observer 1.30.2012

  • Subsequently Published in Spanish: Arquine #59 Mexico 6.2012

  • Subsequently Published in Hebrew and Arabic in Artis 8.2012

“Biennial for the People: Landscape Urbanism in Israel,” Architects Newspaper 2.24.2011

“I Love Bat Yam,” in Hebrew, the catalogue for TIMING, Bat Yam Biennial, 5.2010

“Lust and Loathing in Venice,” Constructs, Yale School of Architecture, Fall 2008

“Review of Home Delivery,” Journal of Architectural Education, Fall 2008

“Bill Katavolos by Deborah Gans,” BOMB 9.2006

“Terra Incognita,” Architect’s Newspaper 4.6.2005

“Darwinian Urbanism,” Architect’s Newspaper 6.4.2005

“Response to Kenneth Frampton” Urban Life Catalogue, The Architectural League 2003


“It Takes a Village to Weather a Storm,” Urban Omnibus, 2018

"Missing Scales," Waterproofing New York, eds. Brandt and Nordenson, Terreform 2015

"Missing Scales," Ground Rules in Humanitarian Design, 2015

"When Bottom-up Meets Top-down" The benefits of community engagement in post-disaster rebuilding plans, Oculus Spring 2015

“Top Down Bottom Up," Concurrent Urbanities: Designing Infrastructures of Inclusion. Routledge 2014.

"Missing Scales" Boundaries 'Architectures for Emergencies' 2014


These writings accompany the work Gans accomplished in New Orleans between 2006 and 2010. Some of them tell the story of the challenges her interdisciplinary team faced and the limits of their methodology, which combined bottom-up and top-down planning. This critical self-assessment is valuable to the profession-at-large as evidenced by the number of essays she has been asked to write on the subject for an international range of publications. 

“Plum Orchard Mon Amour,” New Orleans Under Reconstruction, eds. Reese, Sorkin, Fontenot, Verso Books 2014

“Repositioning in Place,” Evasions of Power, Slought Foundation and U Penn, Philadelphia 2012

“The Coastal Suburb and The Goose,” Boundaries # 2, Rome. December 2011 in English and Italian

“Below the Sill Plate,” Beyond Shelter, ed. Marie J. Aquilino, Metropolis Books 2011

Excerpted and republished in: Places/Design Observer 2011

“Pines Village,” Stadt Bauwelt 36/06 2006 in German On Resilient Landscapes


These writings accompany Gans work on displacement and its consequences for environmental sustainability. Because they include research and thinking on root causes of displacement, they have been commissioned for publication in fields outside of architecture per se. For example, ‘Ladies and Gents: A History of the Public Toilet’ is a volume of cultural studies, and ‘Cities without Citizens’ combines essays on politics, culture and architecture.

 “Last Chance for the First Nation,” Last Round Ecologies, Slum Lab 2011

“Humanitarian Design: Refugee Camps,” Architectural Record 10.08

“Were Our Customs So Beautiful,” Ladies and Gents, ed. Gershenson, Temple U Press 2009

“Unbearable Lightness,” Expanding Architecture, Bryan Bell ed., Metropolis Books 2008

“Extreme Housing,” Design Like You Give a Damn, Cameron Sinclair ed. PAP 2006

“Refugee Camps of Today/Cities of Tomorrow,” Extreme Sites: Greening the Brownfield AD 2004

“The Realpolitik of Utopia,” Perspecta 34 2003

Excerpted and Republished in Cities Without Citizens, Slought Press, 2004

Translated into German and Republished as: Über Nomaden,” Bauwelt 24, 6.04

“Avoiding Disaster,” AD, vol. 8-9. 2003

“Home/Furnishings,” AD, 9-10. 2002


Le Corbusier continues to be a figure of concern and Deborah Gans continues to contribute to Corbusian scholarship as she is frequently asked to contribute essays to books or review them for Architects Newspaper or RIBA journal. In each essay she frames Le Corbusier’s work in terms of contemporary issues -- as in her recent essays on his relation to capitalism, “Big Work,” and his understanding of landscape, “Middle Ground." Her writings simultaneously bring relevancy to his work and put the burning issues of contemporary practice like globalization and environmental challenges in his larger historical framework.

"Inside the Visionary Mind that Shaped Our Landscape," The New European 2016

“Le Corbusier Situated,” RIBA Journal 2014

“Middle Ground," Mostly Modern: Essays on Art and Architecture, ed. Joseph Masheck, Hard Press 2014

“Le Corbusier: State of the Industry,” Architects Newspaper 2013

“Le Corbusier: Big Work,” Architecture and Capitalism, ed. Peggy Deamer, Routledge 2013

“Out of India,” Architects Newspaper 9.10.2011

“Le Corbusier Le Grand,” RIBA Journal 2009

“Still Life After All, Le Corbusier’s Paintings,” AD vol. 73 no 3 2003‘

“Chandigarh: Ecology of the New,” Chandigarh Perspectives 2001

Public PresentationS

2009 “Concurrent Urbanities “Symposium, New School for Social Research

2009 “Positioning Practice”, Symposium Parsons School of Design, New York City

2009 New Orleans Under Reconstruction: A National Conference, Tulane University, New Orleans

2008 Lecture: Clemson University School of Architecture

2008 Lecture: Rural Studio, Hale County, Alabama

2008 “Gimme Shelter”, Interview Canadian Broadcasting Company News

2007 Evasions of Power, Symposium, University of Pennsylvania

2007 Association for Community Design Annual Conference, New Orleans

2007 Shrinking Cities Conference Van Alen Institute/Pratt/ NY AIA Center for Architecture

2007 Lecture: Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

2007 Sustainable Dialogues: New Orleans and Panama City, Panama City,Panama

2006 “Technology?” Symposium, Columbia University GSAPP

2006 Designing Politics: The Politics of Design, Symposium IFG ULM, Germany

2006 Association for Community Design Annual Conference, Los Angeles

2006 Conference on Diaspora, Five Colleges ( Amherst U Mass etc.)

2006 Lecture: Kent State School of Architecture

2003 Lecture: California College of Arts and Crafts, Pasadena

2003 Lecture: Design Like You Give a Damn, The Architectural League , New York City

2004 “Architecture of Altruism” Interview with Canadian Public Radio

2002 Symposium: Structures for Inclusion, Penn State

2002 “Extreme Housing” Interview with Neil Conan, National Public Radio 05.08.

1997 Celebrating Chandigarh at 50 Conference: Chandigarh, India

2017 Public Interest Design Institute conference, Philadelphia PA: keynote presentation, 'Missing Scales of Planning and Community' (Deborah Gans and Rosamund Palmer presenting)

2017 Structures for Inclusion Conference, Portland Oregon: presentation of 'Rebuilding Sheepshead Bay,' an honorable mention in the international SEED + DBxchange + Live Project Network Awards, (Cristina Zubillaga and Rosamund Palmer presenting)

2017 Design & Health Research Consortium convening in Detroit, Michigan

2013 College of Staten Island

2013 Center for Architecture NYC AIA: Housing Resiliency Charette

2013 City College: Waterproofing New York panel and follow up Symposium

2012 Civic Action Waterfront Charette, Noguchi Museum and The Architectural League

2012 Governare il Rischio, Sapienza, Rome

2012 Freeboard Charette on Rising Tides Department of City Planning and DFRR Committee AIA , NYC

2012 3 Questions: Deborah Gans Architect,Professor, Author Architectural Record 3.26.12

2011 Interview with Cindy Rodriguez WNYC and related web link

2011 Making Room Symposium CHPC and the Architectural League, Japan Society NYC

2011 Public Architecture Symposium Philadelphia

2011 Good Design Event, Redesigning Darkness “For the City By The City”

Urban Design Week NYC held at the Museum at Eldridge Street

2011 Panel Discussion Development for the Public Good, Center for Architecture, NYC

2011 Lecture: Bennington College Public Lecture Series

2011 Towards a Risk Resilient City , Panel, Center for Architecture 10.06.11

2011 Public Art Symposium and Lecture, School for Visual Arts, New York

2010 Interview with Serena Altschul CBS News 12.05.10

2010 Interview with Leonard Lopate, WNYC 12.01.10

2010 Rebuilding a Sustainable Haiti, Symposium, Institute for Urban Design,

New York City