Architecture and Justice from the Million Dollar Blocks project is a series of maps (both printed and digital) accompanied with statistical information about incarceration in the United States.
“The maps pose difficult ethical and political questions for policy makers and designers,” Kurgan has explained. “When they are linked to other urban, social, and economic indicators of incarceration, they also suggest new strategies for approaching urban design and criminal justice reform together.”
The piece currently on view at the MOMA, displays maps of Brooklyn, NY. By displaying statistical information about incarceration in Brooklyn on these maps, the viewer is forced to think about the policies our country has in place around incarceration, if these policies are successful or not, and the ways in which mass incarceration affects our communities.