### places.designobserver.com Posted 16.09.11
The Art of Advocacy: The Museum as Design Laboratory
By Barry Bergdoll
Since 2007, when I ventured out of the academy to take the reins of the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, we have traversed an unexpected set of economic, social and environmental challenges in which the centrality of the design professions has become manifestly clear, even as larger forces — in which designers are too often complicit — act to marginalise the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, design and the fine arts.
The neologism “starchitect” has lost much of its lustre…
Having worked side-by-side with diverse professionals, I am more than ever convinced that a cooperative, multidisciplinary approach is fundamental to the future vitality of the field — and essential if designers are to contribute to solving the enormous problems of our day. At MoMA we have been trying to discover meaningful positions and prospects even as practitioners have been jolted into discussion of just where the moral compass should be set.
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