Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America
- May 31, 2021
MoMA: 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

What: Segregated neighborhoods, compromised infrastructures, environmental toxins, unequal access to financial and educational institutions—America’s history of racism has cultivated inequity in the built environment. How has race-based violence and subjugation influenced the architecture and spaces of Black communities? A new exhibition at MoMA explores that question with 10 newly commissioned works by architects, designers, and artists that propose solutions to rectify the injustices of the past.

Each project is an intervention in one of 10 cities, from the front porches of Miami and bayous of New Orleans to the freeways of Oakland and Syracuse. Reconstructions, along with a new online course, Reimagining Blackness and Architecture, explores anti-Black racism’s impact within urban spaces by asking participants, who collectively form the Black Reconstruction Collective, to answer two questions: What is architecture? And what does it mean to be an architect?

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