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What is the Role of Architecture and the Architect in the Past, Present and Future of Public Housing? 

05-09-2022 12:55 PM

Where can architecture and architects make the greatest interventions and contributions in the housing crisis?  Did modernist design fail public housing?  Who are some of the architects who have most contributed to the history of public housing, yet are the least considered?  Does the architect have social or political power to shape the future of housing in the USA? What is the ethical imperative of architecture and architects to become agents of positive social change?

Join Lisa Yun Lee and Roberta Feldman in a conversation about the National Public Housing Museum’s future exhibition about the role of architecture and architects, and hear about the major issues the exhibition is grappling with, and how you can get involved.  

NPHM is the first cultural institution in the United States dedicated to interpreting the American experience in public housing. Drawing on the power of place and memory, the Museum is planning to open in our permanent location in 2023 in the last remaining building of the Jane Addams Homes on the near west side of Chicago.  The  mission is to preserve, promote and propel the right of all people to have a place where they can live and prosper—a place to call home.

Visitors will encounter enthralling exhibits and historically significant objects, and engage with the provocative ideas of internationally renowned contemporary artists. The Museum will be an African American Historic Site committed to telling an inclusive and diverse history. The Museum will include the world's largest collection of oral histories of people who grew up in public housing, three restored apartments from several different generations of diverse public housing families, storytelling spaces to bridge the arts and innovative public policy, an Entrepreneurship Hub that includes a social justice cooperative and museum store owned in partnership with public housing residents, and contemporary art spaces. The Museum complex will also include 15 units of mixed income housing through a unique and innovative partnership with Related Midwest and the Chicago Housing Authority.

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