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Justice is Beauty: The Work of MASS Design Group opens on April 9, 2021, in conjunction with the Museum’s reopening after an extended closure. The exhibition showcases MASS Design Group, a socially conscious nonprofit architecture firm that has paved the way in designing health structures to manage disease outbreaks such as tuberculosis, cholera, and Ebola. Other innovative projects by the firm include schools, food-conservation labs, memorials to commemorate civil injustices, and designs for urban spaces. Justice is Beauty will be on display through September 2022.
MASS Design Group is transforming the architecture field through its pathbreaking projects around the world,” said Brent Glass, Interim Executive Director of the Museum. “This exhibition of their work, along with their Gun Violence Memorial Project, directly reflects the Museum’s vision to educate and engage audiences about the built environment, and to challenge them to advocate for an equitable and sustainable future.”
MASS Design Group, which is based in Boston but has a presence in several U.S. cities as well as in Kigali, Rwanda, was founded in 2008 by students from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Named for the collective’s motto, “A Model of Architecture Serving Society,” the firm’s philosophy is that architecture is never neutral—it either heals or hurts. MASS Design also believes that improving people’s lives through design demands more than a building; it requires long-term engagement with clients and communities. Justice is Beauty is organized around five themes that reflect qualities embedded in the firm’s work: Engaging, Healing, Fostering, Conserving, and Marking. The exhibition lifts the curtain on MASS Design’s process through models, videos, material samples, sketches, diagrams, and photographs.