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MoMA on the Role of Architecture in Society

“[MoMA] recognizes – indeed it insists – that architecture even more than the other arts is bound up with ethics, social justice, technology, politics, and finance, along with the lofty desire to improve the human condition.”

Arthur Drexler in his introduction to the exhibit "Another Chance for Housing," 1973

“They [featured architects] champion an activism that has little time for manifestos, preferring to channel energies into the realization of small projects that have an immediate impact on their environments … these architects nonetheless represent an emerging sensibility that reverberates with the larger question of where architecture stands against the larger forces that shape the environment today.”

Barry Bergdoll in his introductory notes for the exhibit “Small Scale Big Change,” 2011

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Credits: Image from the “Small Scale Big Change” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.

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