Architecture in Transit

For the inaugural Design for Humanity Summit in June of 2018, Sean Anderson, Associate Curator for the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, reflected on insights he acquired from the summit.

Sean Anderson, Associate Curator of the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, participates in a panel discussion at the Design for Humanity Summit, “From Public Interest Design to Humanitarian Design” (Jordan Kleinman).

Below is Anderson’s contribution to the newly released Design for Humanity Summit Yearbook available for download here.

“To quote Rina Kolat, ‘Our geography, our world that we know today is actually not that which we are defined by borders, not that which we define by architecture, but by flows, by movements, by transit, by invisible transits of money across borders and across continents.’

The divisions that we see between individuals need not be there, the us and them mentality of colonialism and postcolonialism still exists and it exists in a way that architecture and design can begin to mediate.

Architecture is impermanent and permanent. Architecture and our ideas about design are fundamentally, like our lives, always in transit.”

Learn more about the Design for Humanity Summit II, taking place June 21, 2019 at Fordham University’s McNally Amphitheatre here.

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