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Even as a drawing this tower looks stunning.

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Museum of Modern Art gears up to demolish Folk Art Museum
Museum budgeting $1.6 million to tear down building for expansion
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The Museum of Modern Art is pushing forward with plans to the city to tear down the former American Folk Art Museum to make room for an expansion of its own facilities.

The major alterations application, filed with the Department of Buildings last week, calls for a $1.6 million demolition job at 45 West 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues that will raze all the stories above ground. The sculptured panel facade, however, will remain.

The 40,000-square-foot expansion will connect to existing galleries and three museum-owned floors of the Jean Nouvel-designed residential tower, Torre Verre, for which real estate firm Hines recently secured roughly $1 billion to finance its long-delayed construction, as previously reported.
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The "panel facade" is the worst part of the museum! That should be the first thing to go, it looks like an entrance to a cave. But oh well, save that and tear down the rest...
     
     
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The "panel facade" is the worst part of the museum! That should be the first thing to go, it looks like an entrance to a cave. But oh well, save that and tear down the rest...
But think of the tower we are getting in it's place.
     
     
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But think of the tower we are getting in it's place.
Yes I understand, not really complaining. Just a little bit.
     
     
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The "panel facade" is the worst part of the museum! That should be the first thing to go, it looks like an entrance to a cave. But oh well, save that and tear down the rest...
The panel façade is being preserved, but not at MOMA. It's being taken somewhere else.
     
     
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The panel façade is being preserved, but not at MOMA. It's being taken somewhere else.
It is? That's not what it sounds like here...

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The major alterations application, filed with the Department of Buildings last week, calls for a $1.6 million demolition job at 45 West 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues that will raze all the stories above ground. The sculptured panel facade, however, will remain.
     
     
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The panel façade is being preserved, but not at MOMA. It's being taken somewhere else.

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It is? That's not what it sounds like here...
That's just a misunderstanding. The façade is being removed, but it's not part of the demolition.



http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/13/ny...e-on.html?_r=0

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Contrary to what you may have read lately, the Museum of Modern Art is intent on carefully preserving the former American Folk Art Museum next door. At least, the part of it that is most recognizable to the public: an 82-foot-high sculptural ensemble of 63 panels, cast in a gorgeous copper-bronze alloy, each panel different from those around it. Some look like lunar landscapes, others like lava flows. They are arrayed in three planes that fold into one another as a palm would crease when closing.

We will take the facade down, piece by piece, and we will store it,” Glenn D. Lowry, the director of the Museum of Modern Art, said in an interview last week. “We have made no decision about what happens subsequently, other than the fact that we’ll have it and it will be preserved.”

Alberto Cavallero, a principal in Diller Scofidio, said the facade was “very amenable to disassembly” since the panels, three-eighths of an inch thick, are hung on a supporting armature. They will be wrapped for storage, he said.


“It would be a kinder fate for the museum facade to be at Storm King, as the front of an imaginary building in an enclosure of fresh air, than to be buried in storage for the foreseeable future,” said Darcy Miro, the artist who collaborated on the facade with Mr. Williams and Ms. Tsien. The Storm King Art Center is in the Hudson Valley. The panels were cast at the Tallix fine-arts foundry in Beacon, N.Y.

“It would be a mistake to just use it as adornment,” Ms. Miro said. “Maybe, as metal, it was always meant to go back to the land and leave the city.”
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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/16/ar...ilding.html?hp


Scaffolding on the former Folk Art Museum building on West 53rd Street.
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The article again confirms what we've said about the museum façade...


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MoMA agreed to preserve the Folk Art Museum’s 82-foot-high facade, which is being removed ahead of the rest of the building; its future is unclear. For now, it will be transported to one of the museum’s storage sites. An ensemble of 63 copper-bronze panels, it was the most celebrated architectural feature of the building.

Some new homes for the facade have been floated, Mr. Williams said, including MoMA/P.S. 1 in Long Island City, Queens.
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Bloody finally. I can't wait for this one to finally get started. The suspense is killing us all inside just a little bit. Let this baby rise!

When is Verre slated to begin construction?

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Bloody finally. I can't wait for this one to finally get started. The suspense is killing us all inside just a little bit. Let this baby rise!

When is Verre slated to begin construction?
As far as we know, sometime during the summer.
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Is Liz Diller Even Convinced That Razing The Folk Art Museum Is The Right Move?
The first stages of demolition have begun on the American Folk Art Museum. Here's what Liz Diller, one of the architects involved in MoMA's controversial expansion,
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Last month, the first stage of demolition began on the American Folk Art Museum building, a significant work of midtown Manhattan architecture.

Diller Scofidio+Renfro, the New York-based firm tasked with designing MoMA's expansion, has taken a lot of heat for the plan. Many hoped DS+R, which MoMA commissioned last spring to plan the museum's expansion, could find a way to save the American Folk Art Museum.

Co.Design reached out to Liz Diller, a founding partner at DS+R, to ask about her views on morality in architecture, and some of her remarks appeared in an article published yesterday. Here is her extended reply, sent via email, which provides insight into DS+R's choice to move forward with such a controversial commission. Her response suggests it was a complex decision, and perhaps one with an outcome the architect herself is still wrestling with:

Your question is especially poignant in relation to the work we’re doing right now for MoMA. The museum’s desire to make more of its collection available to the public led to an expansion plan in the future Hines residential tower neighboring to the west as well as the acquisition of the American Folk Art Museum, which had recently defaulted on its $32 million debt.

Joining the MoMA project after the museum’s decision to raze the building, we challenged their assertion and started with the conviction that existing buildings of merit should be reused. We were certain that we could repurpose the AFAM while working out the logistics of its vital location to the functionality of the bigger expansion. It was a huge challenge given the AFAM’s small townhouse-size footprint, filled with five sets of stairs and multi-story voids.

After six months of intense study, we could not find a convincing enough reuse strategy to reverse MoMA’s decision. Meanwhile, we found ourselves inside a storm of anger about many other issues: the lack of a proper preservation culture in New York, the unpopular Pelli and Taniguchi renovations for MoMA, the maladies of mass tourism, the fear of midtown re-zoning, anger about power and control of the 1%, etc.

We operated from a difficult professional situation faced with internal questions like: In preservation, what are the limits of adaptive reuse? At what point in an adaptive reuse initiative does a building lose its integrity? If adaptive reuse strategies fail, is it better to mummify a building or just let go of it? If you do not succeed in adaptive reuse and a building has to be demolished, do you pack up and leave or is there a moral imperative to make a positive contribution in its place?

I still don’t have answers to all of these questions. Our decision to move forward with the broader expansion, however, was rooted in the principles that have guided our work for the past 30 years--our commitment to the civic realm and to rethink today’s institutions for tomorrow in light of a rapidly changing, progressively mono-cultural and technologized world.

I had to remind myself that the AFAM is a small part of a bigger effort to make MoMA better: to give it a more intricate and active public interface, to bring art closer to the street, to make the spaces less clinical, and to provide galleries in which MoMA could challenge its own past and show alternative histories of modernism across multiple disciplines.


I don't think any further explanation is needed at this point.
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This went before City Planning today for the renewal of the special permits, and it appears all went well. Everything moves forward as planned.




















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Hard to believe this wasn't posted, but courtesy of Ghostface79 on SSC, but looks like groundbreaking is next month at some point:

"We designed the building assuming that the Folk Art Museum would be there, and from our perspective there's no change,” says Penick, who adds that groundbreaking is scheduled for June. MoMA's director Glenn Lowry has said that the Folk Art building will be gone by summer."
     
     
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" who adds that groundbreaking is scheduled for June. MoMA's director Glenn Lowry has said that the Folk Art building will be gone by summer."
Oh no, another site to cover.
     
     
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Hard to believe this wasn't posted, but courtesy of Ghostface79 on SSC, but looks like groundbreaking is next month at some point:

Well, yeah, we've been expecting June. Things will be heating up literally.



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Davidson: MoMA Reveals Its Expansion Plans — and the Fate of the American Folk Art Museum

By Justin Davidson

In 2007, MoMA sold the adjacent empty lot to the developer Hines, in exchange for three floors of gallery space in a new residential tower, the 1,050-foot 53 West 53rd Street designed by Jean Nouvel. (Construction on that building is supposed to start in June.)
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Hard to believe this wasn't posted, but courtesy of Ghostface79 on SSC, but looks like groundbreaking is next month at some point:

"We designed the building assuming that the Folk Art Museum would be there, and from our perspective there's no change,” says Penick, who adds that groundbreaking is scheduled for June. MoMA's director Glenn Lowry has said that the Folk Art building will be gone by summer."


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