The New York Times architecture critic provided a glowing review of MoMA's Home Delivery in this morning's paper:
"Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling," which opens on Sunday at the Museum of Modern Art, is a delightful surprise....In a tour de force Mr. Bergdoll [the show's curator] was able to build five full-scale model houses for the show in a lot just west of the museum. The effect is startling: expressions of a suburban utopian world surrounded by Midtown’s looming skyscrapers.
Mr. Bergdoll has not only managed to track down some unexpected gems, he has also arranged them in a way that allows us to see them with fresh eyes. He makes a convincing case that prefabricated housing was both a central theme of Modernist history and a dream that remains very much alive today.
We've provided extensive coverage of the full-scale homes; this review adds details on the accompanying exhibits:
[the show] presents more than 80 projects, from humble experiments in suburban living to stunning works of cretive imagination.
Here's a sample: (plus some external links we dug up)
Read the full article for more details and a new slideshow with 12 images.
One correction to the article: the frame of the Cellophane House is aluminum not "lightweight steel."
subtitle: At MoMA, a Look at Instant Houses, Past, Present and Future
publication: The New York Times
author: Nicolai Ouroussoff
length: 1,500 words, 12 slides
publication date: July 18, 2008