Archinect - News 2014-08-31T04:36:41-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/106554065/revisiting-the-american-folk-art-museum-controversy-through-comics Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-14T13:01:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:30:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4z/4zl35r26mr1rsj38.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Artist and animator Sam Grinberg revisits the fight over the future of the American Folk Art Museum.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98919263/editor-s-picks-365 Editor's Picks #365 Nam Henderson 2014-04-30T15:24:00-04:00 >2014-05-09T15:20:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vf/vfhvwp3ztnsdjokg.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><br>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98438242/inga-saffron-it-s-not-just-architecture-it-s-city-life-criticism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dave Heller spoke with Inga Saffron</a> about not just architecture but "<em>city life criticism</em>".&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/evanchakroff" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Evan Chakroff</a>&nbsp;asked for tips "<em>Has anyone compiled a good 'top ten' of her articles?</em>"</p><p><strong>&nbsp;Quondam</strong> replied "<em>Links to Saffron's articles appear almost weekly within ArchNewsNow's daily collection of worldwide architecture news. The articles themselves, however, may not have a broad audience appeal because they are, for the most part, very Philadelphia centric. What is significant though, is that a local newspaper still publishes the work of a critic that is so in tune</em>"...</p><p>Referring to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98105950/out-of-shenzhen-catalog-1-of-the-los-angeles-biennale-of-architecture-urbanism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Catalog #1</a> of the Los Angeles Biennale of Architecture/Urbanism <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;warned interested buyers "<em>for now, the aim is first limited and numbered edition of 100</em>".</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9z/9zvm9u6vs1mbmpbr.jpg"><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98609130/the-folly-of-saving-what-you-kill" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The NYT published an editorial by John Freeman Gill</a>, which points out similarities between the fate of the Laing Stores (sometimes called the Bogardus Building) and the current FolkMoMA discourse/proposals.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/stevenward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Ward</a>&nbsp;proposed a future PS1 competi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98609130/the-folly-of-saving-what-you-kill The Folly of Saving What You Kill Alexander Walter 2014-04-24T13:12:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T19:48:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2fbe4f14acbb3d41b2ff9e5c41427e55.jpg" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] MoMA has said it would detach and preserve the facade&rsquo;s 63 textured copper-bronze panels. One might suppose that salvage is preferable to annihilation, but before we get too comfortable with such piecemeal preservation, it is worth noting that the panel-by-panel disassembly and storage of an architectural treasure&rsquo;s metal facade has been tried before in New York City, with comically disastrous results. Who around here remembers the Laing Stores?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98032091/as-demolition-of-folk-art-museum-begins-archinect-reflects-on-historical-implications" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As demolition of Folk Art Museum begins, Archinect reflects on historical implications</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98510132/editor-s-picks-364 Editor's Picks #364 Nam Henderson 2014-04-22T21:24:00-04:00 >2014-04-24T15:02:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bo/bocrgxzfuh5bbcjr.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box</strong> feature Archinect talked with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/97819483/working-out-of-the-box-emily-fischer-of-haptic-lab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Emily Fischer, Founder of </a><a href="http://www.hapticlab.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haptic Lab</a>. &nbsp;</p><p>In the interview she explains how she started "<em>The very first quilted map I made was designed to be a wayfinding tool for the visually impaired; my mother was diagnosed with glaucoma and macular degeneration while I was a student at TCAUP</em>&rdquo;.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2752895/fred-scharmen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fred Scharmen</a>&nbsp;commented "<em>Those kites are amazing!</em>".</p><p>Meanwhile issue <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/97260768/screen-print-12-the-cairo-review-s-future-of-the-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#12 of Screen/Print highlighted The Cairo Review's "Future of the City"</a>&nbsp;along with <a href="http://onetwelveksa.wordpress.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One:Twelve</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/98156717/screen-print-13-one-twelve-s-black-and-white" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> (the student-run journal from the Knowlton School of Architecture) seventh issue, </a><a href="http://static.squarespace.com/static/529f9366e4b0edf62d290de9/t/5315fef7e4b04a00bc14abd5/1393950455290/Issue_007_Final.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Black and White</a>.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>As demolition of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98033714/coming-soon-to-moma-lots-of-knocking-next-door" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Folk Art Museum</a>&nbsp;began <a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a>&nbsp;and Paul moderated a conversation between Archinect Contributors &nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/pedaldesignlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Koense</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/quilian" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quilian Riano</a> and <a href="http://www.artsjournal.com/culturegrrl/author/lrosenbaum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lee Rosenbaum</a>, who writes about art museums for the Wall Street Journal.</p><p><strong>vado retro</strong> was curious "<em>Would we have the same outrage say if a hospital were the ones tearing down the FAM...Our response of outrage is a...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98032091/as-demolition-of-folk-art-museum-begins-archinect-reflects-on-historical-implications As demolition of Folk Art Museum begins, Archinect reflects on historical implications Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-16T13:15:00-04:00 >2014-05-09T11:33:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/no/noymct2t6afeb3gu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The axe is set to fall on the American Folk Art Museum -- after months of controversy and protest, MoMA initiated its expansion and began <a href="http://archrecord.construction.com/news/2014/04/140414-MoMA-Begins-Demolition-Folk-Art-Museum.asp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preparing the FAM for demolition</a>&nbsp;this past Monday. As per prior concessions by MoMA,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93445049/moma-will-preserve-folk-art-museum-s-facade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the museum's distinctive fa&ccedil;ade will be preserved</a>, but it's unlikely to abate the sour feelings of those who oppose both the loss of the FAM, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro's expansion designs.</p><p>When <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71018337/moma-to-raze-ex-american-folk-art-museum-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA first announced it would raze the FAM</a> in April of 2013, the news resonated not only as a blow to preservationism and sustainability, but as an issue of architectural ethics and institutional monopolies. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71052733/folkmoma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#folkmoma</a> became a rallying post for protest and alternative proposals, and the widespread news coverage brought architectural drama to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91617873/building-faces-wrecking-ball-so-does-couples-friendship" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">front page</a>.</p><p>But pro-con feuding aside, the Folk/MoMA issue implicates difficult questions of architecture's responsibilities -- to preservation, sustainability, other architects, and the public&rsquo;s opinion. Architects and Archinect c...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98033714/coming-soon-to-moma-lots-of-knocking-next-door Coming Soon to MoMA, Lots of Knocking Next Door Archinect 2014-04-14T15:28:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T22:08:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2r/2r3xpg44kx8sxjee.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Museum of Modern Art&rsquo;s controversial decision to demolish a neighbor, the former American Folk Art Museum, is about to become reality. On Monday, scaffolding and protective netting will begin to go up around the folk art building, at 45 West 53rd Street, the museum confirmed on Friday. [...] The building&rsquo;s facade will be removed first, panel by panel, and taken to storage. Its future remains uncertain. Demolition is expected to continue through the summer.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/268657/folkmoma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93445049/moma-will-preserve-folk-art-museum-s-facade MoMA will preserve Folk Art Museum's facade Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-12T14:32:00-05:00 >2014-02-13T13:09:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0b/0b5gweh8qp68d7tq.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Contrary to what you may have read lately, the Museum of Modern Art is intent on carefully preserving the former American Folk Art Museum next door. At least, the part of it that is most recognizable to the public: an 82-foot-high sculptural ensemble of 63 panels, cast in a gorgeous copper-bronze alloy [...] &ldquo;We will take the facade down, piece by piece, and we will store it,&rdquo; Glenn D. Lowry, the director of the Museum of Modern Art, said in an interview last week.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/92842193/watch-diller-lowry-critics-writers-and-more-discuss-moma-s-expansion-plans WATCH: Diller, Lowry, critics, writers and more discuss MoMA's expansion plans Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-04T18:31:00-05:00 >2014-02-06T08:57:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ii/iitkiv7qxghyp32e.jpg" width="514" height="776" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As reported last week by Archinectors Ayesha Ghosh and Alex Stewart, a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92379152/elizabeth-diller-moma-discuss-expansion-and-folk-museum-s-demolition-with-slice-of-ny-architectural-community" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussion regarding MoMA's expansion plan</a> and the intended demolition of the American Folk Art Museum took place at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, an appropriate venue for a conversation rife with implications for the ethics of preservation, real estate development and the architectural profession. The aim was to create an opportunity for public discussion of what has been criticized as a unilateral move by MoMA, and investigate the supposed necessity of the Folk Museum's demolition.</p><p>The conversation was presented by The Architectural League, in partnership with the Municipal Art Society and the AIA, New York Chapter. Watch the entire discussion below, featuring:</p><p>Glenn Lowry (Director of the Museum of Modern Art), Ann Temkin (The Marie-Jos&eacute;e and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture),&nbsp;Elizabeth Diller (principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro),&nbsp;Reed Kroloff (director of the Cranbrook Academy...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92379152/elizabeth-diller-moma-discuss-expansion-and-folk-museum-s-demolition-with-slice-of-ny-architectural-community Elizabeth Diller, MoMA discuss expansion and Folk Museum's demolition with slice of NY architectural community Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-29T15:46:00-05:00 >2014-02-04T12:57:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4v/4vtyt29xxdi2xeo7.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The controversial plans to demolish the American Folk Art Museum in service of MoMA's expansion rumbled along last night, at a panel discussion hosted jointly by the <a href="http://archleague.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural League</a>, the <a href="http://mas.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Municipal Art Society</a>, and the <a href="http://main.aiany.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA's New York chapter</a>.</p><p>Catch-up on news surrounding MoMA's expansion here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91617873/building-faces-wrecking-ball-so-does-couples-friendship" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building Faces Wrecking Ball. So Does Couples' Friendship.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91367784/christopher-hawthorne-interviews-elizabeth-diller-regarding-moma-plans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne interviews Elizabeth Diller regarding MoMA plans</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90837680/architects-and-critics-bristle-at-ds-r-s-folk-museum-sacrifice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects and critics bristle at DS+R's Folk Museum sacrifice</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90772488/american-folk-art-museum-will-be-razed-in-diller-scofidio-renfro-s-moma-expansion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Folk Art Museum will be razed in Diller Scofidio + Renfro's MoMA expansion</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/72833750/moma-reconsiders-razing-of-folk-art-museum-hands-decision-over-to-newly-selected-architects-ds-r" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA reconsiders razing of Folk Art Museum, hands decision over to newly selected architects DS+R</a></li></ul><p>Archinect contributors / <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/87291/parsons-the-new-school-for-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parsons</a> MArch students&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/ayeshaghosh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ayesha Ghosh</a>&nbsp;and Alex Stewart attended the event, taking notes and logging thoughts. The following is their report.</p><p><em>* updated February 3, 2014: You can also find a video of the entire discussion, courtesy of the Architectural League, at the bottom of this post.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ki/ki9ls6t7qkjknv0e.jpg"></p><p><em><strong>A Conversation on the ...</strong></em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91617873/building-faces-wrecking-ball-so-does-couples-friendship Building Faces Wrecking Ball. So Does Couples’ Friendship. Archinect 2014-01-19T17:24:00-05:00 >2014-02-21T12:37:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c819c316255d0b524cf94dced0929c3c.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;All of us who knew them thought this was going to be pretty much a slam dunk &mdash; that they would save the Folk Art Museum,&rdquo; said Peter Wheelwright, a former chairman of the architecture program at Parsons, the New School for Design. &ldquo;I knew they were capable of doing it and that, because of their friendship, that they would make a sincere, genuine, wholehearted effort.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91367784/christopher-hawthorne-interviews-elizabeth-diller-regarding-moma-plans Christopher Hawthorne interviews Elizabeth Diller regarding MoMA plans Nam Henderson 2014-01-16T11:42:00-05:00 >2014-01-17T17:03:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dh/dhyxpkp25a9idkq7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I think that the press has been too fast to reduce the conversation to heroes and villains and martyrs, and to suggest that what MoMA is doing is necessarily bad. We want to get more information out. We want to share the problem with others and invite them to really take a hard look" - Elizabeth Diller</p></em><br /><br /><p> They discuss the almost uniformly negative reaction to the announcement as well as the details of DS+R&rsquo;s proposal for MoMA, which is still in an early design phase.</p> <p> In response&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/kimmelman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman</a>&nbsp;tweeted "<a href="https://twitter.com/kimmelman/status/423839859946430464" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Her answers are deeply unsatisfying</a>".&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91170197/editor-s-picks-350 Editor's Picks #350 Nam Henderson 2014-01-14T13:15:00-05:00 >2014-01-23T21:07:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e0/e0vb5jw0j5y3fpfh.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest edition of <strong>ShowCase</strong> highlights <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/90770863/showcase-abedian-school-of-architecture-by-crab-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CRAB Studio&rsquo;s Abedian School of Architecture in Queensland, Australia</a>.</p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rw/rwjzdyw2jvh4fdrt.jpg"></p><p>Plus, the fourth installment in<strong> Screen/Print</strong> (Archinect&rsquo;s experimentation in translation across media) features "<em>fruity labors</em>" from the quarterly journal <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/90383709/screen-print-4-mas-context" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAS Context's 20th issue, Narrative</a>.</p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3l/3ld4ta910zjrbz2g.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>Architect Magazine <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90772488/american-folk-art-museum-will-be-razed-in-diller-scofidio-renfro-s-moma-expansion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported</a> the American Folk Art Museum will be razed for a Diller Scofidio + Renfro's designed MoMA expansion.<img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xp/xp9p4mzgbh2u7nej.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90837680/architects-and-critics-bristle-at-ds-r-s-folk-museum-sacrifice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">went to the trouble of gatherin</a>g "<em>a slew of responses to the proposal, both indignant and accepting, from Archinect contributors and beyond</em>".</p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i5/i5l4k5uycsukab56.jpg"></p><p><strong>HotelSphinx</strong> thought the excuses/reasons given for demolition were ironic "<em>DS+R is a firm that made a building out of fog for the Expo in Yverdon-les-Bains in 2002. Yes, fog. But aligning floor plates is too difficult? They have got to be joking me</em>".</p><p>Meanwhile, <a href="https://twitter.com/masoncwhite" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mason White</a>&nbsp;of Lateral Office was perplexed.</p><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/masoncwhite/status/421864280300847104" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects revolt about 2 high-society architecture firms in...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90837680/architects-and-critics-bristle-at-ds-r-s-folk-museum-sacrifice Architects and critics bristle at DS+R's Folk Museum sacrifice Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-09T18:20:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T13:22:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kw/kwyjppnbmgeouv2j.jpg" width="514" height="645" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Yesterday, DS+R announced in their proposal for MoMA's redesign that the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90772488/american-folk-art-museum-will-be-razed-in-diller-scofidio-renfro-s-moma-expansion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Folk Art Museum would have to be demolished</a>. Backlash from the <a href="http://folkmoma.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#folkMoMA</a> community quickly arose: architects and critics called the choice callous and unsustainable, outraged not only by the Folk Art Museum's destruction but also the design that would take its place, and its impact on New York's (and DS+R's) reputation.</p> <p> We've gathered a slew of responses to the proposal, both indignant and accepting, from Archinect contributors and beyond, and will be following developments closely. Here are a few of those thoughts:</p> <p> <em><strong>From the Archinect news post,&nbsp;</strong></em><em><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90772488/american-folk-art-museum-will-be-razed-in-diller-scofidio-renfro-s-moma-expansion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Folk Art Museum will be razed in Diller Scofidio + Renfro's MoMA expansion</a>:</strong></em></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Donna Sink</strong></a>:&nbsp;"All of DSR's previous work is tarnished by this."</p> <p> <strong>Darkman</strong>: "This solidifies Rem Koolhaas as the best architect-thinker of our time, for his original MoMA proposal, "MoMA, Inc." "</p> <p> <strong>thebeigecity</strong>: "As for the Folk Art Museum - it was cramped and cloying, ov...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90772488/american-folk-art-museum-will-be-razed-in-diller-scofidio-renfro-s-moma-expansion American Folk Art Museum will be razed in Diller Scofidio + Renfro's MoMA expansion Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-08T18:42:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T20:53:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yw/ywest8svoa6pt23o.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Diller] had great respect for the Folk Art Museum, calling it a &ldquo;bespoke&rdquo; design tailored to the needs of the museum. She went through several scenarios on how to integrate the museum in the expanded footprint. [...] Adapting the Folk Art Museum building, however, would basically compromise the building&rsquo;s interior beyond recognition. [...] The architects would have had to destroy the Folk Art Museum building in order to save it.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In what looks like the kiss of death for the #folkMoMA movement, Diller Scofidio + Renfro's design for MoMA's expansion will necessitate the destruction of the neighboring American Folk Art Museum, as proposed today in a MoMA press conference. The initial threat to the Folk Museum was made last spring when MoMA announced its redevelopment plans, provoking a widespread preservationist movement among architects, rallying under #folkMoMA.</p> <p> To catch-up on #folkMoMA's history, see #8 in&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89234233/archinect-s-top-13-architectural-issues-for-13" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's coverage for the Top 13 Issues of 2013</a>.</p> <p> Here are some concept sketches for the new MoMA, via <em>Architect Magazine</em> (image credit: Diller Scofidio + Renfro).</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://www.architectmagazine.com/Images/1409589671_0108_DSR_Folk_MoMA_02_tcm20-2106391.jpg?width=600&amp;amp;404=404.png"></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://www.architectmagazine.com/Images/1699932123_0108_DSR_Folk_MoMA_tcm20-2106392.jpg?width=600&amp;amp;404=404.png"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90094555/editor-s-picks-348 Editor's Picks #348 Nam Henderson 2014-01-02T18:35:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T13:01:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6x/6xtw2ejz8zqpq43d.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>flemingr2002 thought a couple of issues were missing "Good list but i am surprised to see gender issues highlighted but the lack of ethnic diversity, especially in design schools, ignored. It would seem that the real issue is white male privilege. -- Also, CO2 has hit 400 parts per million but sustainability is missing from the list. I know its not hip to be into sustainability but at some point, probably too late, architects will finally mobilize to address this very real threat".</p></em><br /><br /><p> It's that time of the year again, so we continued taking a look back at the year 2013 on Archinect by sharing the most trafficked and popular pages in Archinect's diverse online ecosystem, with a list of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/88610415/archinect-s-13-top-13-for-13" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">13 top 13 lists for '13</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qa/qazj2caanj0q6aqr.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> Some of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89234233/archinect-s-top-13-architectural-issues-for-13" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Top 13 Architectural Issues for '13</a>&nbsp;included; 3D Printing, Flint&rsquo;s Flat Lot Competition results, and the issue of render vs reality, MoMA's decision to demolish American Folk Art Musuem #FolkMoMA and Gender equality and women's rights/recognition in architecture to name a few.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x9/x9q3h3g3t6fzdmn3.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>flemingr2002</strong> thought a couple of issues were missing "<em>Good list but i am surprised to see gender issues highlighted but the lack of ethnic diversity, especially in design schools, ignored. It would seem that the real issue is white male privilege. -- Also, CO2 has hit 400 parts per million but sustainability is missing from the list. I know its not hip to be into sustainability but at some point, probably too late, architects will finally mobilize to addr...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73660342/editor-s-picks-316 Editor's Picks #316 Nam Henderson 2013-05-22T11:11:00-04:00 >2013-05-22T23:29:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hd/hdr6ov1049ro7oq4.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/archiadventures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beth Mosenthal</a>&nbsp;penned a thoughtful <strong>Op-Ed</strong> titled <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/73381902/the-ego-and-the-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Ego and the Architect</a>. Therein,&nbsp;she briefly examined "<em>the idea of &lsquo;leadership&rsquo; in an architectural office</em>".</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br> Celebrating the fact that "the Museum of Modern Art blinked" Michael Kimmelman wrote an article <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73093361/defending-the-former-american-folk-art-museum-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Defending the Former American Folk Art Museum Building</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>&nbsp;commented "<em>A lovely, calm argument and well- written article. Fingers crossed that MOMA's less egotisticsl and more community-focused board members will listen</em>".</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73170115/archinect-talks-wtih-ivan-blanco-winner-of-the-la-film-festival-director-s-lounge-design-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect talked to Ivan Blanco, designer of the competition-winning entry in the LA Film Festival Director's Lounge Design Competition</a>.&nbsp; Ivan heads LA-based multi-disciplinary design studio Blnko Design Labs.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/22610164/eric-chavkin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Chavkin&nbsp;</a>enjoyed the interview but had a couple of&nbsp; thoughts "<em>The scheme is, well, kind of typical but does address the very important IMHO</em> the after film-aspect of going to a screening. The 'windows frame' metaphor is just weak".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hd/hdr6ov1049ro7oq4.jpg" title=""><br><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73223594/brutalism-preservation-panel-discussion-tonight-in-nyc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Following the release of CLOG: Brutalism&mdash;the NYC-...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73121553/editor-s-picks-315 Editor's Picks #315 Nam Henderson 2013-05-14T08:00:00-04:00 >2013-05-15T09:35:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f9frcozbpzlwha2c.jpg" width="514" height="651" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>News</strong><br> Robin Pogrebin reported that following wide-ranging protests, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/72833750/moma-reconsiders-razing-of-folk-art-museum-hands-decision-over-to-newly-selected-architects-ds-r" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Museum of Modern Art has selected the design firm Diller Scofidio &amp; Renfro to re-examine it&rsquo;s planned expansion including whether to keep any of the existing American Folk Art Museum</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/scottmbgustafson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scott Gustafon</a>&nbsp;was somewhat relieved "<em>I believe that Tod Williams and Ricardo Scofidio are old friends, so this is a step in the right direction</em>"&nbsp;and <strong>Lian Chikako Chang</strong> deadpanned "<em>Pretty sure that DSR can handle staggered floorplates</em>". Added <strong>Darkman</strong>&nbsp;"<em>There is room behind the museum... you could install very gradual ramps or something. Additionally, i'd like to see the facade brought out to the sidewalk to open up the building--not sure how to do that though... ha.&nbsp; Or replace with semi-transparent glazing in the same pattern and shape. Would be cool to see it glow</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4r/4rg8eg6nuxx9zmob.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/72761253/parabola-chair-wins-2013-icff-studio-award" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler.net showcased Parabola Chair by Los Angeles-based architect and product designer Carlo Aiello</a>, winner of the 2013 ICFF Studio Award. The chair will be e...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73093361/defending-the-former-american-folk-art-museum-building Defending the Former American Folk Art Museum Building Archinect 2013-05-13T14:01:00-04:00 >2013-05-15T10:56:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3da7b72923fb073c94c9e7858ae83c3.jpg" width="514" height="237" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s a relief on the block, representing the diversity vital to healthy streets &mdash; not a perfect building, not even its architects&rsquo; best work. But its unembarrassed, luxuriant materiality, its small scale and vulnerability, all qualities that the Modern now seems to reject, belong no less than the glass tower to the messy story of Modernism and city life.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/72945230/moma-pulls-back-from-original-plan-to-destroy-award-winning-american-folk-art-museum-building MoMA pulls back from original plan to destroy award-winning American Folk Art Museum building folkMoMA 2013-05-11T22:08:00-04:00 >2013-05-11T22:08:17-04:00 <em><p>Thursday, MoMA director Glenn D. Lowry sent a memo to MoMA's trustees and staff announcing the museum had retained Diller Scofidio + Renfro to "work with us to design a plan that will integrate the Museum's current building with the property of the American Folk Art Museum. . . . We readily agreed to consider a range of options, and look forward to seeing their results."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Thursday, MoMA director Glenn D. Lowry sent a memo to MoMA's trustees and staff announcing the museum had retained Diller Scofidio + Renfro to "work with us to design a plan that will integrate the Museum's current building with the property of the American Folk Art Museum. . . . We readily agreed to consider a range of options, and look forward to seeing their results."</p> <p> A statement from Diller Scofidio + Renfro said the design firm would explore all possibilities, "which include, but are not limited to, integrating the former American Folk Art Museum building, designed by our friends and admired colleagues, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien."</p> <p> "My sense is they will try to save at least some of it. I can't imagine good designers destroying a great building for no good reason," said Quilian Riano, acting professor of design at Parsons The New School.</p> <p> Riano helped lead a digital battle to offer MoMA "alternative visions" to destroying the 12-year-old building that swept world arch...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/72833750/moma-reconsiders-razing-of-folk-art-museum-hands-decision-over-to-newly-selected-architects-ds-r MoMA reconsiders razing of Folk Art Museum, hands decision over to newly selected architects DS+R Archinect 2013-05-09T17:12:00-04:00 >2013-05-14T08:06:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/87/8779cfe522bcc8307f1a12a7d289da31.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>AFTER impassioned protests from prominent architects, preservationists and design critics, the Museum of Modern Art said on Thursday that it would reconsider its decision to demolish its next-door neighbor, the former home of the American Folk Art Museum, to make room for an expansion.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In a board meeting on Thursday morning, the directors were told that a board committee had selected the design firm Diller Scofidio &amp; Renfro to handle the expansion and to help determine whether to keep any of the existing structure.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/72624735/on-the-folk-art-museum-save-modernism-from-the-modern On the Folk Art Museum: Save Modernism from the Modern Places Journal 2013-05-07T13:20:00-04:00 >2013-05-10T16:36:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8z/8z14hnfqwsje1f07.jpg" width="514" height="661" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Modernism worth pursuing &mdash; worth protecting &mdash; is the one where Gregor Samsa wakes up transformed into a large insect, and ends up with an apple embedded in his carapace, which is exactly what the Folk Art Museum is to the Museum of Modern Art, right now, right where it is.</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Places, David Heymann presents an incisive critique of MoMA's decision to raze the Folk Art Museum building, by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.</p> <p> From a quiet beginning &mdash; "Here is why I think the American Folk Art Museum is a great Modernist building" &mdash; Heymann works his way to a pointed conclusion: "Modernism in the architecture of the Modern is just another sad Historical Revival Style, the very thing Modernism as an ideology set out so intently to destroy."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/72439452/moma-s-history-of-demolishing-potential-landmarks MoMA’s History of Demolishing Potential Landmarks Archinect 2013-05-03T19:50:00-04:00 >2013-05-07T13:39:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jc/jcssjx20jx13ayqu.jpg" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MoMA&rsquo;s plan can hardly be a surprise, because its entire history since 1937 is based on demolishing potential landmarks.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/72203093/editor-s-picks-313 Editor's Picks #313 Nam Henderson 2013-04-30T11:21:00-04:00 >2013-05-03T15:14:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kb/kbyq4qn890cyuemr.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SDR complained "The Saratoga Community Center is &lsquo;traditional&rsquo; ? Really ? Brickwork with masonry or ceramic trim is no longer a viable architectural material ? What'll be declared dead, next -- the rectangle ?...I don't defend the example above as a work of architecture. I know nothing about it. But it's a surprising contender for 'traditional'--- isn't it ?)".</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71569308/buildings-that-lie-about-their-age" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Gray reviewed</a> John Hill&rsquo;s book <em>A Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture</em>, reflected on the current revival of traditional architecture in the United States, and asked Mr. Hill if he has "<em>a bias against the neo-traditional movement?</em>&rdquo;.</p> <p> <strong>SDR</strong> complained "<em>The Saratoga Community Center is &lsquo;traditional&rsquo; ?&nbsp; Really ?&nbsp; Brickwork with masonry or ceramic trim is no longer a viable architectural material ?&nbsp; What'll be declared dead, next -- the rectangle ?...I don't defend the example above as&nbsp; a work of architecture.&nbsp; I know nothing about it.&nbsp; But it's a surprising contender for 'traditional'--- isn't it ?)</em>".</p> <p> <strong>observant</strong> summarized Mr. Gray&rsquo;s argument "<em>Ok, so the world is getting tired of peeling Gehry's buildings and the odd cowlicks in Morphosis's buildings, and we're headed back to another swat at post-modern, except that this one is Prairie School revival.&nbsp; I would not have been able to deduce that very easily.&nbsp; It's really watered down.&nbsp; And if the people in the...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/71780583/editor-s-picks-312 Editor's Picks #312 Nam Henderson 2013-04-23T12:37:00-04:00 >2013-05-15T16:41:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/np/nps33fbv64q8xaq7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The LA Times reported that Renzo Piano, Los Angeles architect Zoltan Pali and officials from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled preliminary designs for a $300-million film museum. Eric Chavkin concluded "A toy chest of architectures related only by location. From the Bruce Goff Japanese Pavilion to the black box Mies bookstore to Hugh Hardy's disco streamlined moderne to Luckmans sorry start. Renzo Piano's 'back-to-the-future cinema spheres just continues the trajectory"</p></em><br /><br /><p> In an essay titled <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/71339262/unexpected-costs-big-ticket-design-software-versus-alternate-methodologies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNEXPECTED COSTS ~ Big ticket design software versus alternate methodologies</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/7473497/ann-lui" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ann Lui</a> a designer and freelance writer reflected on the fact that "<em>Not twenty years ago, if you wanted to start your own firm, you could do so on a Mayline drafting board in your basement...Today, my partner and I sit on our couch as we write up a wishlist of basic softwares we might need for a fledgling practice...tally the price tags, and the bottom line drops like an anvil: just over $15,000</em>".</p> <p> <strong>mfischer3387</strong> echoed <strong>curtkram</strong>, "<em>its much tougher to start an architecture business than most other fields, because yes, the start up costs are enormous, as outlined in the article. I would argue that software package costs are not necessarily always for the benefit of design, but for liability purposes</em>". Other commentator's like <a href="http://archinect.com/jmiller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeremy Miller</a> offered advice "<em>You could get the Revit LT suite for&nbsp; about $1,800...Also, Archicad has a rental model...Be creative</em>" and <a href="http://archinect.com/stevesanderson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steve Sanderson</a> (founding par...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/71765821/the-architectural-league-calls-on-moma-to-reconsider-folk-art-museum-demolition The Architectural League calls on MoMA to reconsider Folk Art Museum Demolition Archinect 2013-04-22T18:07:00-04:00 >2013-04-25T19:32:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lr/lr37n9cej3i2yhm9.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The Architectural League calls on the Museum of Modern Art to reconsider its decision to demolish the American Folk Art Museum. The Museum of Modern Art&mdash;the first museum with a permanent curatorial department of architecture and design&mdash;should provide more information about why it considers it necessary to tear down this significant work of contemporary architecture. The public has a substantial and legitimate interest in this decision, and the Museum of Modern Art has not yet offered a compelling justification for the cultural and environmental waste of destroying this much-admired, highly distinctive twelve-year-old building.</p> <p> Annabelle Selldorf, president<br> Rosalie Genevro, executive director</p> <p> Amale Andraos<br> Stella Betts<br> Michael Bierut<br> Vishaan Chakrabarti<br> Walter Chatham<br> Leslie Gill<br> Maxine Griffith<br> Frances Halsband<br> Hugh Hardy<br> Steven Holl<br> Wendy Evans Joseph<br> Rachel Judlowe<br> Paul Lewis<br> Frank Lupo<br> Thom Mayne<br> Richard Meier<br> Joseph Mizzi<br> Peter Mullan<br> Nat Oppenheimer<br> Gr...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/71486353/what-if-we-oh-didn-t-tear-down-the-folk-museum-building What If We, Oh, Didn't Tear Down the Folk Museum Building? folkMoMA 2013-04-18T14:32:00-04:00 >2013-04-18T20:34:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/db4b9c4456471f728de9a4229a57deb2.jpg" width="500" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Over the last week, the architectural community has been all aflutter over the fate of the former American Folk Museum Building. A 12-year-old building that was opened just after 9/11, MoMA snatched it up for $23 million in 2011 and is planning to raze its critically acclaimed sculptural bronze facade. It's inevitable, the modern art juggernaut shrugs, because the floors of the adjacent buildings, plus the rest of MoMA uses lots of glass as its primary material rather than metal.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Over the last week, the architectural community has been all aflutter&mdash;and, okay, intensely divided&mdash;over the fate of the former American Folk Museum Building. A 12-year-old building that was opened just after 9/11 at 45 West 53rd Street, MoMA snatched it up for $23 million in 2011 and is planning to raze its critically acclaimed sculptural bronze facade (designed by Tod WIlliams Billie Tsien, who have also publicly shared their sadness). It's inevitable, the modern art juggernaut shrugs, because the floors of the adjacent buildings don't align and it will have to start from the ground-up to create a cohesive addition, plus the rest of MoMA uses lots of glass as its primary material rather than metal.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/71485652/why-is-the-museum-of-modern-art-dead-set-on-perpetrating-a-hideous-act-of-architecture-cide Why Is the Museum of Modern Art Dead Set on Perpetrating a Hideous Act of Architecture-cide? folkMoMA 2013-04-18T14:28:00-04:00 >2013-04-18T17:02:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/fa450e3af50be929325db7e3ee88aab9.jpg" width="370" height="569" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Come to think of it, however, here&rsquo;s another idea for the folk-art-museum building: maybe it should be used to display a small selection of MoMA&rsquo;s extraordinary collection, so that people can experience some of its great works in a small-scaled space and have a tiny hint of the intimate, enticing museum that MoMA once was.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Come to think of it, however, here&rsquo;s another idea for the folk-art-museum building: maybe it should be used to display a small selection of MoMA&rsquo;s extraordinary collection, so that people can experience some of its great works in a small-scaled space and have a tiny hint of the intimate, enticing museum that MoMA once was.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/71485650/crusade-commenced-to-convince-moma-not-to-demolish-american-folk-art-museum Crusade commenced to convince MoMA not to demolish American Folk Art Museum folkMoMA 2013-04-18T14:26:00-04:00 >2013-04-18T17:02:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a2/a20adced7fb7e846314edbd9da8d81aa.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Can it be saved? A grassroots crusade to persuade MoMA not to tear down the architecturally significant 12-year-old American Folk Art Museum at 45 W. 53rd St. has erupted, igniting the passion of architects, designers, preservationists and ordinary citizens.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Can it be saved? A grassroots crusade to persuade MoMA not to tear down the architecturally significant 12-year-old American Folk Art Museum at 45 W. 53rd St. has erupted, igniting the passion of architects, designers, preservationists and ordinary citizens.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/71485648/architects-dream-up-alternatives-to-moma-s-tear-down-plan Architects Dream up Alternatives to MoMA’s Tear Down Plan folkMoMA 2013-04-18T14:24:00-04:00 >2013-04-18T17:02:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d4a5632ad02675c5e7122a190952743a.jpg" width="262" height="174" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architects and designers, responding to the news that the Museum of Modern Art intends to demolish a former museum, have some ideas for MoMA.Their concepts, some earnest and others tongue-in-cheek, are being compiled on a tumblr called #FolkMoMA, created to challenge MoMA&rsquo;s assertion that the former American Folk Art Museum building is not compatible with its expansion plans.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Architects and designers, responding to the news that the Museum of Modern Art intends to demolish a former museum, have some ideas for MoMA.Their concepts, some earnest and others tongue-in-cheek, are being compiled on a tumblr called #FolkMoMA, created to challenge MoMA&rsquo;s assertion that the former American Folk Art Museum building is not compatible with its expansion plans.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/71485647/design-community-responds-to-museum-of-modern-art-decision-on-folk-art-museum Design Community Responds to Museum of Modern Art Decision on Folk Art Museum folkMoMA 2013-04-18T14:23:00-04:00 >2013-04-18T17:02:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ba/bafa2ae07982b9a7494eba57ce23ec58.jpg" width="280" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost as soon as the news broke last week that the Museum of Modern Art planned to demolish the former American Folk Art Museum, a movement emerged to save it. Members of the design community&mdash;including the architects who designed the building&mdash;are registering their discontent with the decision. More than one petition is now circulating to rescue the Folk Art building as a result.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Almost as soon as the news broke last week that the Museum of Modern Art planned to demolish the former American Folk Art Museum, a movement emerged to save it. Members of the design community&mdash;including the architects who designed the building&mdash;are registering their discontent with the decision. More than one petition is now circulating to rescue the Folk Art building as a result.</p>