Broken Nature

Nov 21, 2020–Summer 2021

MoMA

NASA. Images of Change, Three Gorges Dam, central China. August 22, 2016. Courtesy NASA.
  • 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 this installation explore a range of themes. Kelly Jazvac’s Plastiglomeratesdense geological formations of sand and plastic waste, fossils from the future—reveal the long-term effects that human behaviors will have on the Earth’s layers. Intake Facility for an Anonymous Client, by Mustafa Faruki of theLab-lab for architecture, imagines a facility for processing angels migrating to Earth; it considers borders, transitions, and entry procedures while investigating architecture's potential to create a more empathetic world. In Can City, design duo Studio Swine (Super Wide Interdisciplinary New Explorers) have devised a mobile foundry that melts discarded aluminum cans salvaged from the streets of São Paulo, helping the city’s waste pickers jump start an artisanal enterprise. Other projects—like Julia Lohmann’s Oki Naganodeexplore a range of new materials and processes 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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