Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream

Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream

Barry Bergdoll and Reinhold Martin

Museum of Modern Art




In the summer of 2011, New York’s Museum of Modern Art invited five teams of architects, planners, ecologists, engineers, landscape designers, and other specialists in the urban and suburban condition to develop proposals for housing that would open new routes through the mortgage-foreclosure crisis that continues to afflict the United States.

Establishing studios at MoMA PS1, the teams set out to imagine new models of housing, thinking not only of its physical form but of the systems of infrastructure and finance that support it. Their focus was not the inner city but the suburbs, which are often passed over in the push of development toward an ever-more-distant periphery. Working with the findings of The Buell Hypothesis, a research report prepared by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University, each team focused on a specific town in one of five regions—the Northeast, the Southeast, the Midwest, the Pacific Northwest, and the Southwest—and existing patterns of living, working, and home ownership. Accompanying the exhibition Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream, this catalogue lays out the teams’ ideas through detailed illustrations of their projects, with essays by Barry Bergdoll, Reinhold Martin, and others.

Studio Gang’s project Garden in the Machine is featured.