Launch Slideshow

Rehousing the American Dream

Rehousing the American Dream

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    Architectural model for Studio Gang Architects’ The Garden in the Machine project for Cicero, Illinois.

    Photograph courtesy of James Ewing.
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    Rendering of Studio Gang Architects’ The Garden in the Machine project for Cicero, Illinois.

    Courtesy Studio Gang Architects.
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    Architectural model for WORKac’s Nature-City project for Keizer, Oregon.

    Photograph courtesy of James Ewing
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    Still from View of Life in the New Development, an animation produced as part of Zago Architecture’s Property with Properties project. 

    Courtesy Zago Architecture
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    Rendering of MOS’s Thoughts on a Walking City project for Orange, New Jersey.

    Courtesy MOS
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    Rendering of Visible Weather’s Simultaneous City project for Temple Terrace, Florida.

    Courtesy Michael Bell, Eunjeong Seong: Visible Weather
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    Rendering of WORKac’s Nature-City for Keizer, Oregon.

    Courtesy WORKac

Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream details months of work by five teams to reinvent urban areas with particularly high foreclosure rates. Led by principals at MOS Architects, Studio Gang, WORKac, Visible Weather, and Zago Architecture, the teams of architects, urban planners, ecologists, landscape designers, and engineers were each assigned a specific site from one of five major cities: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Ore., and Tampa. In addition to large numbers of foreclosures, the selected sites also encompass large amounts of public land available for development with the hope that the proposals presented in this exhibition will ignite a conversation on how best to revitalize such areas. Barry Bergdoll, the museum’s chief curator of architecture and design, describes the proposals as portents of a “more sustainable, more equitable future, filled with optimism for places where that is often in short supply."

Models, drawings, renderings, animations, and analytical materials were developed by the five teams during their summer 2011 workshop period hosted by MoMA’s PS1 program and Columbia University’s Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. Teams were instructed to base their proposals on ideas drawn from The Buell Hypothesis, a research publication written by faculty at the Temple Hoyne Buell Center that postulates a new type of housing infrastructure to transform urban and suburban communities. The Buell Hypothesis will be on display as part of the exhibition. In addition to the results of the summer workshop and contextual materials, other related events, tours, and courses will be held during the exhibition, which opens Feb. 15 and continues through July 30. Visitors also can follow the team’s progress as they develop their proposals on MoMA’s Inside/Out blog.