07 February 2014

MoMA's garden

MoMA wants to open up its garden to more people. It has a special wall/gate that can flip open and let masses stream in from 54th Street. In a recent NY Times article, Michael Van Valkenburgh was quoted as saying, “It’s a ludicrous idea,” said the landscape architect Michael R. Van Valkenburgh. “They fail to understand what’s brilliant about the garden and what makes it great — this cloistered isolation.”

The issue received a great deal of attention  last week at a meeting hosted by the Architectural League. The meeting featured some of the museum's leaders and architect Liz Diller, beginning with presentations of the vision for the future but then featured a rather energetic discussion/debate, all of which is now available on video.

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