I was in NYC for work last week, so what else would I do in my free time than go to the MOMA to check out their pre-fabricated home exhibit. I remember when the exhibit first started earlier this summer and I thought it was such a great concept, but one I would only be reading about. So after visiting the exhibit, I can now say that MOMA has done a great job on their website in reproducing much of the experience and information for those who can’t make the trip.
In fact, for some of the outdoor exhibit, I am happy to have read the site since the information was a bit hard to understand over their “call this number from your cellphone” informational system. And there are better inside photos of the micro-compact home that were hard to get a sense of with so many people trying to see the exhibit. Touching and getting the sense of size are difficult online, but avoiding the lines and being rushed are also nice. (note pic of line below).
Other than the micro-compact, I was not very impressed by the other designs. They seemed impractical or poorly built. The cellophane house for example was the most striking from the exterior, but the layout was awkward and use of space poor. Did I mention how cool it looked from the exterior? Okay and they had a nice integration of PV into the windows/exterior walls. But practicality wise, I felt it would be difficult to carry drinks/food up 3 floors to the roof-top deck, among other issues.
The outside exhibit was only half of the fun. On the inside (6th or 7th floor) they had a very comprehensive collection of drawings, videos, models and photographs which played out the history of pre-fab homes. The information was alot to take in, so I had to carefully navigate to insure nothing was missed. The exhibit was also one where photography was not allowed, thus no pics. I was pretty amazed my the progress that had been made in pre-fab earlier in the 20th century, both in the U.S. and abroad. This part of the exhibit is not as well represented online though.
All in all, I was happy to have gone. My expectations were probably a bit unrealistic as I thought I might see something radically amazing, but since a group of fellow bloggers follow this topic closely, it was an unlikley possibility.
As for the other parts of the museum, I really liked the Design & Architecture exhibits. They were like a step back in time and I really enjoyed it.