The Buell Center will be hosting a public forum entitled What Is Foreclosed? Housing, Suburbanization, and Crisis, which marks the opening of Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream, an exhibition co-organized by the Museum of Modern Art and the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. The event will take place on Saturday, February 18, 2012, in the Low Memorial Library Rotunda at Columbia University. An interdisciplinary group of scholars, activists, and architects, will debate the future of American housing, cities and suburbs and the cultural narratives that have accompanied the home foreclosure crisis and the economic crisis more generally. More information on the event after the break.
The exhibition features innovative architectural projects for five American suburbs in the context of the recent foreclosure crisis. The forum will use these projects as a point of departure to explore issues engaged by architecture and urbanism when considered in a cultural, political, and economic context. The projects respond to The Buell Hypothesis, a research document that revises the dominant cultural narratives guiding the “American Dream” regarding homeownership by emphasizing the many “public” dimensions of housing.
10:00-10:20 Opening Remarks Reinhold Martin, Director, Buell Center, Columbia University
10:30-11:40 From House to Housing Pier Vittorio Aureli, Berlage Institute Catherine Fennell, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University Catherine Ingraham, School of Architecture, Pratt Institute Ana Miljacki, School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1:00-2:30 Suburbs, Cities, and Crisis Setha Low, Department of Anthropology, City University of New York Robert Fishman, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan Mitch McEwen, Founder and Director, Superfront Damon Rich, Chief Urban Designer, City of Newark
3:00-4:30 Globalization on the Inside Keller Easterling, Yale School of Architecture, Yale University Beka Economopoulos, Co-Founder and Director, Not An Alternative Jason Jones, Co-Founder and Director, Not An Alternative Jeffrey Sheldon Lowe, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University Don Mitchell, Department of Geography, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University
5:00-6:00 Round Table Discussion and Reception Change: Imagined and Real Barry Bergdoll, Department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University Reinhold Martin, Buell Center, Columbia University
Architects: Amale Andraos, Work Architecture Company Dan Wood, Work Architecture Company Jeannie Gang, Studio Gang Hilary Sample, MOS Michael Meredith, MOS Eunjeong Song, Visible Weather Michael Bell, Visible Weather Andrew Zago, Zago Architects
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