UN75: Countryside, The Future

Coinciding with the reopening of AMO’s seminal exhibition, Countryside, The Future, at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, this UN75 Dialogue addresses urgent environmental, political and socio-economic issues in rural contexts. The discussion is moderated by Rem Koolhaas, Founder of OMA and curator of Countryside, The Future; and Samir Bantal, Director of AMO, the research and design studio at OMA; with panelists Etta Madete, architect and lecturer at University of Nairobi; Dr Linda Nkatha Gichuyia, Department of Architecture, University of Nairobi; Matthew Mazzotta, Social Practice Artist and Founder of The Main Idea; and Lenora Ditzler, Agricultural systems scientist; PhD candidate at Wageningen University. This Dialogue was presented as part of The Future is Unwritten’s official program during the 75th session of the UN General Assembly in New York; in partnership with the Open Mind Project.

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September 2020

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Rem Koolhaas (Moderator)
Founder of OMA and Curator of Countryside, The Future

Samir Bantal (Moderator),
Director of AMO and co-curator of Countryside, The Future

Matthew Mazzotta,
Social Practice Artist and Founder of The Main Idea

Etta Madete,
Architect and Lecturer, University of Nairobi

Lenora Ditzler,
Agricultural Systems Scientist, PhD Candidate, Wageningen University

Dr. Linda Nkatha Gichuyia,
Department of Architecture, University of Nairobi

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Matthew Mazzotta

Matthew Mazzotta works at the intersection of art, activism, and urbanism, focusing on the power of the built environment to shape our relationships and experiences. His community-specific public projects integrate new forms of civic participation and social engagement into the built environment and reveal how the spaces we travel through and spend our time living within have the potential to become distinct sites for intimate, radical, and meaningful exchanges.

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