We had a fresh beginning of post midterm by having professionals at our roundtable discussions. During last week we had two roundtables with professionals, which I found very useful. Related to the last topic that we talked about prefabrication and exhibition design, I was so curious to know more about the use of prefabrication in exhibition design. So when I searched, I found out about the exhibition that was held by MOMA in 2008 for prefabrication. Based on what I read about that exhibition, that was an excellent job providing the history of prefab and its progress through time. The exhibition walked people through the history of prefabricated housing and provided them information about its future possibilities. The exhibition covered the history of prefabrication from 1833 to 2008 and traced the roots of prefabrication in the work of famous architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Jean Prouvé, and Richard Roger. Also, MIT presented a showcase by developing a house as emergency shelter for New Orleans in the museum. MoMA also commissioned five architects to erect the pre-fab homes on a vacant lot situated on West 53rd, adjacent to the museum.
As we talked in the class, there is a misconception about the durability of prefab construction among people and even professionals. Hence, these kinds of exhibitions could be informative for advertising this construction type. The other reason of neglecting prefabrication coming from the lack of knowledge about this construction type, so doing this kind of workshop from a well known institute like MIT will increase the level of trust for prefab constructions.
Images and information retrieved from http://www.momahomedelivery.org/