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On MoMA’s Plans for its Modern Neighbor 160 Until news broke in early May that The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) hired architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design its expansion and explore the possibility of incorporating the adjacent former American Folk Art Museum into the expansion, MoMA was set to bulldoze the building that it now owns on West 53rd Street in New York. As I outlined in my editorial (page 22), the building (pictured here), designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, had been initially considered by MoMA to be too cramped for use as part of the modern art museum. The outcry against MoMA’s initial demolition plan was swift and overwhelming. More than 30 leading architects and designers, under the auspices of The Architectural League, including Robert A.M. Stern, Steven Holl, Thom Mayne, Richard Meier, and Michael Bierut, signed an open letter to MoMA calling for it to reconsider its decision because it had “not yet offered a compelling justification for the cultural and environmental waste of destroying this much-admired, highly distinctive 12-year-old building.” Ironically, Williams and Tsien were finalists in the last architect selection process for a MoMA expansion that Yoshio Taniguchi ultimately won. Also ironically, MoMA board chair Jerry I. Speyer owns a townhouse designed by Williams and Tsien. MoMA should not destroy the folk art building. Instead, MoMA should embrace it as a work of art that contains beautiful gallery spaces feasible for continued use. Contract highly encourages Diller Scofidio + Renfro to fully consider its reuse. Anything less would be a shame. —john czarnecki may 2013 pHoTogRApHY: MIcHAeL MoRAN/oTTo (LeFT); JoHN czARNeckI (RIgHT) coMMeNTARY

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Contract - May 2013
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