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October 2, 2019 - January 18, 2020

*All Center for Architecture galleries will be closed from 9am – 2pm on 11/12 for a private event.

Fringe Cities: Legacies of Renewal in the Small American City, curated by MASS Design Group, explores the Fringe City, defined as an independently situated, small city that has been severely impacted by urban renewal.

Between 1949 and 1974, the United States federal government invested billions of dollars in urban infrastructure through a series of planning, demolition, and construction programs that are collectively known as “urban renewal.” Originally packaged as anti-poverty initiatives, urban renewal often exacerbated existing problems, reinforcing segregation, building highways through downtown cores, and destroying historic structures. While many large cities have rebounded from these social and spatial traumas, smaller cities often continue to struggle with the same problems that urban renewal sought to resolve.

This exhibition presents a snapshot of MASS Design Group’s ongoing investigation into the Fringe City. It examines the role of design in mapping and selling strategies for renewal, taking a deep dive into four cities—Easton, PA; Saginaw, MI; Spartanburg, SC; and Poughkeepsie, NY—to understand local impact and hear from the organizations working today to address the legacies of this era of rapid, large-scale change.

Curation, Research, and Design: MASS Design Group
Graphic Design: Beurskens Projects

 

  • Patron
  • Sponsors

    Type A Projects

    Fringe Cities: Legacies of Renewal in the Small American City is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

October 2, 2019 - January 18, 2020

*All Center for Architecture galleries will be closed from 9am – 2pm on 11/12 for a private event.

Fringe Cities: Legacies of Renewal in the Small American City, curated by MASS Design Group, explores the Fringe City, defined as an independently situated, small city that has been severely impacted by urban renewal.

Between 1949 and 1974, the United States federal government invested billions of dollars in urban infrastructure through a series of planning, demolition, and construction programs that are collectively known as “urban renewal.” Originally packaged as anti-poverty initiatives, urban renewal often exacerbated existing problems, reinforcing segregation, building highways through downtown cores, and destroying historic structures. While many large cities have rebounded from these social and spatial traumas, smaller cities often continue to struggle with the same problems that urban renewal sought to resolve.

This exhibition presents a snapshot of MASS Design Group’s ongoing investigation into the Fringe City. It examines the role of design in mapping and selling strategies for renewal, taking a deep dive into four cities—Easton, PA; Saginaw, MI; Spartanburg, SC; and Poughkeepsie, NY—to understand local impact and hear from the organizations working today to address the legacies of this era of rapid, large-scale change.

Curation, Research, and Design: MASS Design Group
Graphic Design: Beurskens Projects

 

  • Patron
  • Sponsors

    Type A Projects

    Fringe Cities: Legacies of Renewal in the Small American City is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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