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MOMA’s “Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream” Exhibition


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)