Plus, a new digital tool to increase zoning regulation transparency, the U.S. gets a C- on the infrastructure report card, and more design-tech news from the week.
As part of its ongoing Contemporary Architecture series, The Museum of Modern Art, in New York, last month opened Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, which examines how violence and racism have shaped the U.S. built environment. The exhibition, which runs through May 31, was organized by Sean Anderson, MoMA’s associate curator for architecture and design; Mabel O. Wilson, professor in African American and African diasporic studies and the associate director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University; and Arièle Dionne-Krosnick, MoMA’s associate curator for architecture and design. It features newly commissioned work from a group of 10 artists and designers: Emanuel Admassu, Germane Barnes, Sekou Cooke, J. Yolande Daniels, Felecia Davis, Mario Gooden, Walter Hood, Olalekan Jeyifous, V. Mitch McEwen, and Amanda Williams.
Reconstructions is MoMA’s first exhibition devoted to African Americans in the profession of architecture, according to The New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman. In addition to creating the commissioned projects and installations by pooling together their resources and “insufficient stipends,” the artists formed the nonprofit Black Reconstruction Collective. BRC aims to provide “funding, design, and intellectual support to the ongoing and incomplete project of emancipation for the African Diaspora,” according to the collective’s website. [The New York Times]
UrbanForm, a tool created to calculate “all the zoning regulations across a jurisdiction,” is now available for beta testing, according to an announcement by co-founder Quang Truong, AIA, on LinkedIn. Truong co-founded UrbanForm and AEC technology company Polytechnica with economist Anna Shakotko to make “building regulations accessible,” according to UrbanForm’s website. [UrbanForm]