On Exhibit - Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream

April 03, 2013

The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, founded in 1982, has never shied away from examining important social issues. So after the housing bubble collapsed in 2007, leading to millions of home foreclosures across the U.S., the center’s director, Reinhold Martin, saw an opportunity to look at how America’s housing stock could move beyond the suburban, single-family home that dominates the “American dream” but presents real-life economic and environmental problems. Together, Bergdoll and Martin transformed the Buell Center’s inquiry into Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream, which runs at MoMA through July 30. The centerpiece of the show is a series of proposals for five American suburbs, created over more than a year by architects chosen by Martin and Bergdoll.