Broken Nature

Dates to be announced


Mustafa Faruki of theLab-lab for architecture. Intake Facility for an Anonymous Client. 2018–ongoing. Prints with annotations and supplemental digital and analog materials, prints: 12 x 18" (30.5 x 46 cm). Courtesy the artist
  • MoMA, Floor 1, 1 North
  • MoMA, Floor 1, 1 South

From regenerating coral reefs to contemplating feeding an overpopulated planet, the works in Broken Nature show how design and architecture might jumpstart constructive change. This exhibition—a collaboration with the Triennale di Milano—highlights the concept of restorative design, and offers strategies to help humans repair their relationship to the environments that they share with other species and each other.

The projects selected for the installation at MoMA will rotate over the course of eight months to explore a range of themes. Formafantasma’s *Ore Streams*—an investigation into the recycling of electronic waste—reveals the networks of exploitation and violence that underlie it. Kate Crawford and Vladan Joler’s Anatomy of an AI System details the complicated systems behind the creation of Amazon’s Echo, from the extraction of the raw materials to the programming of data sets. Other projects––like Daily Dump’s 4 Tiered Kambha composter––are products that can or already have become part of everyday life, intended to lead citizens to a more responsible attitude toward the world they occupy and shape.

Organized by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, and Director, Research and Development, and Anna Burckhardt, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design. The XXII Triennale di Milano was originally organized by a curatorial team consisting of Paola Antonelli, Ala Tannir, Laura Maeran, and Erica Petrillo.

The exhibition is made possible by Allianz, MoMA’s partner for design and innovation.


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