Exhibition: Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream

Exhibition: Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream

In collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art

On display February 15, 2012 through July 30, 2012, MoMA, New York


Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream, an architecture exhibition opening at the Museum of Modern Art on 15 February, 2012, aims to stimulate debate regarding the cultural narratives that have accompanied the home foreclosure crisis and the economic crisis more generally. The Buell Hypothesis, a research document that interrogates the “American Dream” of the private house, serves as the exhibition’s conceptual brief. It also identifies study sites in different regions across the country, on the basis of both quantitative and qualitative factors including foreclosure rates, poverty rates, population trends, average commute times, amounts of publicly held land, and other relevant criteria. Five architect-led teams were each invited to design an architectural and urban project in one of these suburbs, focusing on new forms of housing. These projects can help start an urgently needed conversation about the default settings of the "American Dream" and its most visible symbol, the suburban house.

Visit MoMA’s Inside/Out Blog about the project