Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement

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Noero Wolff Architects. Red Location Museum Of Struggle, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. 1998–2005. Photo credit: Iwan Baan


Hello, I’m Glenn Lowry, Director of The Museum of Modern Art. Welcome to Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement. This exhibition features eleven, small scale architectural projects that offer lasting solutions to specific global problems, such as overcrowding, inadequate infrastructure, and access to education. Taken together, they offer a new approach to architecture in the twenty-first century.

Andres Lepik, Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design.

ANDRES LEPIK: It's a way of thinking about architecture that has started recently that architects can, with all their capacity, go and search for places where their service is really needed and where the people don't have a voice to ask for architectural service.

GLENN LOWRY: On this tour, you’ll hear more from Andres Lepik, as well as many of the architects featured in this exhibition. As you explore, don’t miss the “Networks” section, located in the reading room towards the end of the exhibition. Find out how architects, community leaders, and non-governmental organizations are connecting and sharing knowledge through the Internet.