by Center for Architecture
On Thursday, April 14, hundreds of visitors gathered at the Center for Architecture for the opening of Reset: Towards a New Commons. The exhibition, which takes up all three floors of the Center for Architecture, analyzes architecture’s role in envisioning new dynamics of living and community.
First planned for 2020, before the pandemic upended our lives, Reset was originally meant to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Co-curators Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, 19th- and 20th-century Architectural History at Columbia University, and Juliana Barton, Director of the Center for the Arts at Northeastern University, set out to develop an exhibition that would foster dialogues about designing more diverse and inclusive communities while engaging a panoply of issues including disability, aging, racial and economic segregation, and other forms of societal fragmentation.
Rather than merely selecting existing work to showcase on our walls, the curators launched a call for proposals soliciting interdisciplinary solutions to building community. Four projects—one focusing on New York City, one on Cincinnati, Ohio, and two in the San Francisco Bay Area—were selected in 2021, each offering a unique approach to living collaboratively and designing inclusion.
We hope you will visit the Center for Architecture and join us in discussing how we can build more inclusive and equitable communities!
Reset will be on view through September 3, 2022.