August 9, 2008
by Canadian Architect
This exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York runs from July 20 to October 20, 2008. It is both a survey of the past, present and future of the prefabricated home and a building project on MoMA’s vacant west lot. Not since the mid-century House in the Garden series has MoMA built occupiable model buildings to demonstrate contemporary issues to the public. The five homes erected on the vacant west lot are designed by Kieran Timberlake Associates (Philadelphia); Jeremy Edmiston and Douglas Gauthier (New York); Horden Cherry Lee Architects/Haack + Hpfner Architects (London/Munich); Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Planning / Associate Professor Lawrence Sass (Cambridge); and Oskar Leo Kaufmann (Dornbirn, Austria).
The exhibition and its accompanying website display the process of architectural design and production in equal measure with the actual end result. Within the gallery, 84 architectural projects spanning 180 years are presented by means of film, architectural models, original drawings and blueprints, fragments, photographs, patents, games, sales materials and propaganda, toys, and partial reconstructions. This diverse collection of material illustrates how the prefabricated house has been, and continues to be, not only a reflection on the house as a replicable object of design but also a critical agent in the discourse of sustainability, architectural invention, and new material and formal research.
For more information, please visit www.moma.org/homedelivery