Exhibit
Moving Together at Biennale Architettura 2021

In the next three decades, up to 150 million people are projected to relocate due to natural and social hazards accelerated by climate change. “Living together” will often mean “moving together.” The world has witnessed desperate migrations, forced displacements, and failed resettlement plans. These processes of moving together are often unplanned, unfair, uncompensated, and reactive. In response, we ask: How can we move together?
 
How can communities move together—peacefully, justly, and productively with self-governance— and what can be the agency of design and planning in this process? Moving Together at the Biennale Architettura 2021 presents three case studies that explore resilient, equitable, and voluntary community relocation in high mountain, river delta, and urban coastal environments. This research and exhibition opens a critical public discussion on how the agency of design and planning can unlock complex processes, choices, and available means and materials that enable communities to move together from relocation planning to implementation.

Moving Together at the Biennale Architettura 2021 presents three case studies by faculty, researchers, and students at MIT that explore resilient and equitable voluntary community relocation in high mountain, river delta, and urban coastal environments. The Moving Together exhibit and research opens a critical public discussion on how the agency of design and planning can unlock complex processes, choices, and available means and materials that enable communities to move together from relocation planning to implementation.
 
Moving Together at Biennale Architecture 2021
As One Planet Station, Giardini, Central Pavilion
22-May to 21-November 2021.

The Moving Together team includes:
Isle de Jean Charles: Janelle Knox-Hayes and the MIT Resilient Communities Lab, Isle de Jean Charles Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe, and the Lowlander Center.

Puerto Rico: Miho Mazereeuw and the MIT Urban Risk Lab Larisa Ovalles, Lizzie Yarina, Camila Ostolaza, Lynced Torres, and Corporación del Proyecto ENLACE del Caño Martín Peña: Carlos Muñiz Perez, Director of Urbanism and Infrastructure

Pamirs, Tajikistan: AKAH: Onno Ruhl, General Manager, Hadi Husani, CEO AKAH Tajikistan, Kira Intrator, Habitat Planning Lead, Head Office, Ruslan Bobov, Operational Research & Technical Department, Head, Tajikistan, Tohir Sabzaliev, SDI Supervisor, Amiraidar Ghulomaidarov, Drone Operator. With special thanks to representatives from the Government of Tajikistan; Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast; Rushon District; and Basid Jamoat, as well as the AKAH field team support. KVA MATx: Sheila Kennedy, FAIA | Principal: KVA matx | MIT: Professor of Architecture, Ben Widger, AIA | Senior Associate: KVA Matx. KVA Design Research Team: Xio Alvarez, Karaghen Hudson, Will Qian, Patrick Weber. MIT / AKPIA / LCAU: James L. Wescoat Jr., Aga Khan Professor Emeritus. Workshop Participants: Charlotte D’Acierno, Melika Konjicanin, Clarence Yi Hsien Lee, Joude El-Mabsout, Jitske Swagemakers, Jaehun Woo. Teaching Assistants: Dorothy Tang, Lily Bui. LCAU: Alessandra Fabbri, Lizzie Yarina, with support from Marielys Cepeda, Prudence Robinson.

This project was made possible with funding from the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, AKPIA@MIT, KVA MATx and MIT LCAU.

Image credit: KVA MATx