Rendering of Cicero, IL. A vibrant arrival city, offering a rich diversity of uses, is critical to America’s future. Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects + Joseph Lekas Photography

Public Dreams and Private Needs

Friday, February 17, 2012, 12:00–5:00 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

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Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream
Barry Bergdoll and Reinhold Martin

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In this first part of a two-day symposium organized with the Buell Center at Columbia University, the leaders of the five multidisciplinary teams working on projects for the exhibition Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream share their final proposals for housing and related infrastructures that could catalyze urban transformation, and discuss the principal issues they grappled with throughout the workshop phase and their residencies at MoMA PS1. Experts in fields beyond architecture join the team leaders in discussion.

12:00–12:30 p.m.
Welcome and Introduction, Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, MoMA and organizer of the exhibition

"Economics" with Michael Bell and Eunjeong Seong, Principals, Visible Weather with Eric Belsky, Lecturer of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Managing Director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University

"Urbanism and Ecology" with Amale Andraos and Dan Wood, Principals, WORKac with Gerald Frug, urban theorist and Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and Eric Sanderson, senior conservation ecologist, Wildlife Conservation Society


"Ecology, Social Justice, and Community Involvement" with Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang with Kari Lydersen, journalist and author, Chicago

"Public Health" with Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample of MOS with David Rosner, Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Science and History, Columbia University and Co-Director of the Center for the History & Ethics of Public Health, Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health

"Architecture" with Andrew Zago, Principal, Zago Architecture with Robert Somol, Director of the School of Architecture, University of Illinois Chicago

Closing remarks

In conjunction with the exhibition Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream

Tickets ($12, $8 members and corporate members, $5 students, seniors and staff of other museums) are available online, at the information desk in the main lobby, and at the film desk after 4:00 p.m. Any remaining tickets may be picked up one hour before the start of the program at the Education and Research Building ticketing desk.