Sunken heads and sullen faces rejoice! Yesterday's New York times article stated that the Museum of Modern Art is reconsidering its plan to demolish the American Folk Art museum! See past article.
"AFTER impassioned protests from prominent architects, preservationists and design critics, the Museum of Modern Art said on Thursday that it would reconsider its decision to demolish its next-door neighbor, the former home of the American Folk Art Museum, to make room for an expansion."
Very exciting news! Thanks to all who signed the petition to save this architectural significant building designed by architects Tod Williams & Billie Tsien. See the New York Times article.
More good news... the design firm Diller Scofidio & Renfro will be handling the expansion and providing an architectural solution to keep the existing building in some manner. Diller Scofidio is another fave architect team of mine. I have faith that they will devise a plan to preserve and integrate the Folk Arts structure or at least its folded facade into MOMA's existing fabric. But the fight is definitely not over! What is going to happen to Folk Art is still an "open question," stated Jerry Speyer, the real estate developer and MOMA chairman.
Lets keep fighting! I would appreciate if you haven't signed the petition to please do it now and forward to some of your friends!!