Damon Rich

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Damon Rich
Known forInstallation art, Urban Design
MovementSocial Practice
Awards2017 MacArthur Genius Grant

Damon Rich (born 1975 in Creve Coeur, Missouri) is a Newark, New Jersey-based designer, urban planner, and visual artist known for investigating the politics of the built environment.[1][2] He attended Deep Springs College and received a B.A. (1997) from Columbia University.[3] His work looks at the shaping of the world through laws, finance, and politics. He explains his approach as follows: "My exhibitions function as a kind of case study or experiment; each begins with a group of investigators who know little about the subject at hand, acting as stand-ins for the general public." [4] In 1997, Rich founded the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New York City-based nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to improve civic engagement.[5]

Rich served as the Planning Director & Chief Urban Designer for the City of Newark, New Jersey,[6] from 2008 to 2015 where he led the design and construction of the city's first riverfront parks,[7] was founding director of the city's first public art program,[8] and was primary author of the city's first new zoning law since 1954.[9] He now serves as partner with design and planning practice Hector.

Rich was the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 2017.[10]


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