MoMA Enlists Six Architect Teams to Develop Proposals for Expanding Megacities

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has collaborated with Vienna’s Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) to launch a 14-month initiative that will examine new architectural possibilities that address the rapid and uneven growth of six global metropolises: New York, Rio de Janeiro, Mumbai, Lagos, Hong Kong, and Istanbul. 

Organized by Pedro Gadanho, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities enlists six interdisciplinary teams of international architecture and urbanism scholars, experts, and practitioners to participate in a series of workshops, with each team focusing on a specific city. 

“In 2030, the world’s population will be a staggering eight billion people. Of these, two-thirds will live in cities, and most will be poor and with limited resources. This unbalanced growth will be one of the greatest challenges to societies across the globe,” said Mr. Gadanho. “City authorities, urban planners and designers, and economists will need to join forces in an attempt to avoid a major social and economical catastrophe, working together to ensure that expanding megacities will be habitable. Uneven Growth will enable MoMA to take a leadership role in addressing this challenge.”

The Teams: 

  • New York: Situ Studio, New York, US; Cohabitation Strategies (CohStra), Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Rio de Janeiro: Rua Arquitetos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; MAS Urban Design ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Mumbai: URBZ, Mumbai, India; Pop Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, US
  • Lagos: NLE Architects, Lagos, Nigeria; Inteligencias Colectivas, Madrid, Spain
  • Hong Kong: MAP Office, Hong Kong, China; Network Architecture Lab, Columbia University, NY, US
  • Istanbul: Superpool, Istanbul, Turkey; Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée, Paris, France

For the workshop phase of Uneven Growth, teams are challenged to create proposals that offer new and inventive ways of thinking about the growth of cities. The design teams develop projects under the curatorial and critical guidance of MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design, and an advisory board that includes such leading figures as Saskia Sassen, David Harvey, Ricky Burdette, Neil Brenner, Nader Tehrani, Michael Sorkin, Marc Angélil, Teddy Cruz, and others.

The workshop phase launches on Saturday, October 26, 2013. Following an initial workshop in the VW Dome at MoMA PS1, workshops are also planned at The Value Factory in Shenzhen, China, in December 2013, and at MAK, in Vienna in June 2014. These events will produce responses to the theme, while bringing the larger discussion to the general public.

For the second phase of Uneven Growth, MoMA will present an exhibition of the resulting proposals, beginning on November 22, 2014. At the center of the exhibition will be design visions for the near future of the selected cities, comprising drawings, renderings, films and animations to be produced by the six teams during the workshop period. The final result will be an exhibition catalogue that brings together each of the proposals and groundbreaking essays about the subject.

This is the third exhibition in the series Issues in Contemporary Architecture, supported by Andre Singer.

News via MoMA.

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "MoMA Enlists Six Architect Teams to Develop Proposals for Expanding Megacities " 17 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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