Barre’s own Home Share Now—a housing nonprofit—has announced it is being featured by the National Building Museum in a new exhibition, Making Room: Housing for a Changing America, on view through September 2018.
The National Building Museum, based in Washington, DC, concerns itself with the “built environment” — architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning — and the role it plays in our lives.
This particular exhibition is dedicated to housing solutions that tackle the unique problems of 21st century living. Since the middle of the last century, the predominance of the nuclear family has given way to more diverse kinds of living arrangements, such as the single person household, co-living, and shared housing.
However, housing development has not kept pace with these changes, resulting in a housing market out of touch with the demands of contemporary life. As a result, innovative housing entrepreneurs have had to step in to fill the gap. This exhibition highlights the need for creative approaches.
Home Share Now was handpicked by the museum to illustrate the benefits of home sharing, one of two home sharing organizations so honored, the other being Los Angeles’s Affordable Living for the Aging. Three photos of central Vermont home shares were selected to be featured alongside a program description.
The photos used in the exhibition originally came from The Portrait Project, a collaboration between Home Share Now and Montpelier photographer John Lazenby which set out to answer the question “What does home sharing look like?” through a blend of posed portraits and snapshots of daily living, which travelled across central Vermont in 2012.
John Lazenby is a former managing editor of Vermont Life magazine and a photojournalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Vermont Life and Country Journal, among other publications.