What is the role of architects and designers in the face of global urbanization and impending ecological crisis? How can speculative design make inequality and power relations visible – actionable – a site of intervention? The MOMA show – “Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities” attempts to address these questions.
I reviewed the exhibit for Architect’s Newspaper.
“Just inside the entrance to the MoMA exhibition, Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities, a video shows men yanking wooden frames out of brick walls and hammering materials into place, providing a glimpse into the ‘tool-houses’ of Mumbai’s urban settlements that mix live-work functions. A passing viewer commented to his companion while shaking his head, “Look at that, they have to build everything by hand. Can you imagine how much work that takes?” This visceral response—a mixture of marvel and estrangement—encapsulates the conundrum of an exhibit showcasing tactical urbanism scenarios in six global cities. Who exactly does the work of tactical urbanism? And what can the architect or designer accomplish in these constantly shifting urban milieus?
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