Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience

December 19, 2019–May 3, 2020 **Extended through August 2, 2020**
Member Preview Night–Wednesday, December 18, 2019

An exhibition exploring adaptable and sustainable housing in the age of climate change.

Within the exhibition, science, technology, architecture and art converge to question the nature and purpose of survival within the context of climate change and natural disaster: How do we design and retrofit our built world to adapt to increased uncertainty and do it affordably? How do we produce dwellings that have a full life-cycle of durability pre, during and post-disaster?

In Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience, Art Works for Change invited visionary architects and artists to consider artistically interpretive solutions and prototypes for emergency shelter in a climate-constrained world. Large-scale and portable interactive architectural installations, models, photography and drawings impress the importance and sociocultural relevance of emergency and survival housing in the age of climate change. Through invention, artistic playfulness, and innovation, artists will explore materials, technology, culture and social activism to create a pioneering exhibition.

Participating artists and studios include Andrew Maynard Architecture, Alejandro Aravena, Vincent Callebaut, Nathaniel Corum, Davison Design, Tina Hovsepian, IKEA Foundation, Chris Jordan, Liam Kelly, Thomas L. Kelly, Jingyang Liu Leo, Mary Mattingly, Achim Menges, Gerard Minakawa, William McDonough and Partners, Peta Fend and Malgorzata Pawlowska, The Empowerment Plan, Journeyman Pictures, Pedro Reyes, Phil Ross, Terreform ONE and Mitchell Joachim, Tomas Saraceno, Kevin Jin He and Won Ryu, and ZO-Loft Architecture and Design.

Guest curator: Randy Jayne Rosenberg, Art Works for Change.org

Support for the exhibition is provided by Simpson Strong-Tie, National Endowment for the Arts and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Since MCD’s galleries are currently closed, we encourage you to enjoy a virtual 3D walkthrough of the Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience. To view in full-screen, please click the icon on the bottom right corner. You will need to disable ad-blocking software in order to view.

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The Museum of Craft and Design’s exhibitions and programs are generously supported by the Windgate Charitable Foundation and Grants for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Robyn and John Horn, Hunter Douglas and Dorthy Saxe.

Above Image: Vincent Callebaut, Paris Smart City, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist and Art Works for Change.
Below Images: Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience, 2019-2020, Museum of Craft and Design. Images courtesy of Henrik Kam.

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