home-dwelling

“Home delivery: fabricating the modern dwelling” (at New york’s moma from July 20 to October 20) takes a look at the past, present and future of the prefabricated house. While the museum’s galleries present a historical account (58 projects carried out over the course of 180 years), outside there will be a chance to look at some possible scenarios in store for the coming years. On a vacant site to the west of the museum, five architects have been invited to build five houses: the cellophane house by Kieran Timberlake in aluminum and SmartWrapTM; Burst*008, the computerised dwelling by Jeremy Edmiston and Douglas Gauthier; the micro compact home by Horden Cherry Lee Architects (eight square metres of ecology and state-of-the-art technology); the Instant House, which uses the precision of laser technology to make fast and economic emergency shelters developed by Lawrence Sass of MIT for New Orleans; and System 3, Oskar Leo Kaufmann’s single dwelling units that can be infinitely combined. The exhibition, curated by Barry Bergdoll and Peter Christensen, describes how the prefabricated dwelling continues to be at the centre of a broader debate concerning sustainability, architectural invention and experimental research into form and new materials. Inside, the most famous Valcucine kitchen: Artematica Vitrum, a glass door kitchen, projected following the ecofriendly project principles: less usage of raw material and energy, recyclability, reduction of toxic emissions, technical durability.

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