New York

Hordon Cherry Lee Architects, Micro Compact Home, 2005, Munich.

Hordon Cherry Lee Architects, Micro Compact Home, 2005, Munich.

New York

“Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling”

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
July 20–October 20, 2008

Curated by Barry Bergdoll and Peter Christensen

It makes every kind of sense in the world! Why can't people build homes to the sleek, innovative, high-precision standards of the world's leading industries? Homes like trains, cars, jets! Every architecture critic keenly senses the stinking dishonesty of the “skeuomorph”—limp suburban real-estate fakery aping “Tudor” and “Tuscan.” Imagine the modernist joy of ditching those sentimental relics, defying the terrors of the local homeowner's association, and assembling cheap, steam-cleanable, authentic housing generated by the muscular vigor of the mass-production line! So they've all tried it. Frank Lloyd Wright. Thomas Edison. Bucky Fuller. Even the Muji firm. The world is littered, according to the exhibition's time line, with nearly two centuries' worth of failed prefab. But will the need for “sustainability” finally blast prefab out of the trailer park and into mass acceptance?