November 9-December 3, 2023
Haigo and Irene Shen Architecture Gallery
Mise-en-Scène focuses on the social lives of cities and the people who live in them — as well as the broader urban, social, political, cultural, and environmental contexts in which they are situated. A collaboration between Mike Belleme, a photojournalist, and Chris Reed, a landscape architect and urbanist, brings to light the challenges, tensions, hopes, special moments, and everyday activities of people who live and work in contemporary cities. The photographs feature the social, cultural, environmental, and economic challenges and changes that cities around the world are facing today. It suggests both starting points and after effects of design work in the public realm. “This is work that confronts both the realities of contemporary urbanism, (including climate change, social and racial tensions, rapid development, and multiculturalism) and creates new opportunities for everyday common grounds and places for all of us to interact with one another,” Chris Reed.