Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling
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Jul 20, 2008 01:00 AM
Oct 20, 2008 01:00 AM
|Where||New York, NY|
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With increasing concern for issues such as sustainability and a swelling global population, prefabrication has again taken center stage as a prime solution to a host of pressing needs. The prefabricated structure has long served as a central precept in the history of modern architecture and continues to spur innovative manufacturing and imaginative design. The relationship between the drawing board and the finished product has never been more dynamic, but the potential of prefabrication has not yet come to full fruition. The exhibition will examine this phenomenon through historical documents, full-scale reassemblies and films that will trace the roots of prefabrication in the work of architects including Frank Lloyd Wright and Jean Prouvé, corporations such as Lustron and Muji and the imaginative systems of other influential figures including Thomas Edison and R. Buckminster Fuller.
This contextual component of the exhibition will provide the foundation for a handful of full-scale commissions to be built on MoMA’s vacant lot to the West of the Museum. Here, contemporary practitioners will continue MoMA’s rich history of full-scale architectural projects, having the unprecedented opportunity to deploy both commercially viable domestic creations as well as entirely new, speculative prototypes. The fabrication and delivery of these projects will be documented in a special online exhibition, which will underline prefabrication’s importance as a matter of process over product. Furthermore, the delivery and assembly of these projects will function as a real-time urban event that will be visible to the general public from the city streets. It will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. The exhibition is organized by Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, and Peter Christensen, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.