Living in America
Celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright continues with “Living in America” at Columbia University (until 17.12.2017), which draws a parallel between two coeval yet profoundly different projects.
On the one hand is one of Wright’s most famous urban development concepts: Broadacre City (19291958). Presented in 1935 at the Rockefeller Centre in New York, it included single-family suburban housing for white, middle-class and well-to-do Americans. On the other hand, begun one year later (1936), the first public housing complex in New York, the Harlem River House was intended for African-American labourers. Featuring segregation, inequality, and aspirations for social advancement, a snippet of American history emerges in addition to a reflection on an ever-pertinent theme: “What is it like to live in America today?”