About a month ago, while staying in New York, Colleen and I had a chance to see the “Foreclosed” exhibit at MOMA. I thought I would share a bit about it and why we enjoyed it so much.
The exhibit explores the United States’s recent challenge of foreclosed homes in our difficult economy. Five interdisciplinary teams of designers were asked to investigate the idea of the American Dream, prompted by The Buell Hypothesis
, an idea developed by Reinhold Martin and colleagues of Columbia University.
“The Buell Hypothesis, at its most basic, argues as follows: Change the dream and you change the city. The private house and the city or suburb in which it is situated share a common destiny. Hence, if you change the narratives guiding suburban housing (such as that of the American Dream) and the priorities they imply—including spatial arrangements, ownership patterns, the balance between public and private interests, and the mixtures of activities and services that any town or city entails—then you begin the process of redirecting suburban sprawl.”
The principles of the architecture firms, MOS, Visible Weather, Studio Gang Architects, WORKac, and Zago Architecture led the five teams in designing alternative solutions to five unique sites. The teams created strategic solutions for the communities that went beyond building to rethink the connection between the natural environment and the built environment, pursuing new concepts in alternative energy sources, waste management and other operational programs. The exhibition itself displayed architectural models, illustrations, video interviews, and animations all of which contextualized the problem within each of the five cities. Here are a few images of the work.
So if you are traveling to New York before August 13, I highly recommend taking a few hours to stop into MOMA and check out this great exhibit.
For more information visit the “Foreclosed” interactive site.
(photos taken from “Foreclosed” site)
I believe that Anchal is a part of a growing movement, a movement that is passionate about creating social change through design.
Design fields, such as architecture, are taking a critical look at their daily practice and asking how their work is benefiting the public. Designers are making commitments to design spaces that create positive change for the 99%. Good design should not be for only a select few, but enjoyed by all.
Shiroles Rural School - Costa Rica
Architectural Record’s latest publication, “Building for Social Change,” is dedicated to architectural practices and projects from the growing field of public interest design. The issue brings the reader a sampling of projects, programs, and people who are building for social change in the United States, Latin America, Africa, the Caribbean, and Japan. In addition, you can find The Good List: Resources for Humanitarian Design which profiles 30 non-profit design firms and organizations.
Lions Park Playscape - Greensboro, Alabama
The editor,Cathleen McGuigan, states in Architecture for Everyone that “Humanitarian design, often funded by grants, is on the rise, providing work and a sense of purpose for a growing legion of (mostly young) practitioners.”
Though these concept are not new, we should only expect an increase in better design for the public good–in the form of buildings, environments, services and systems.