Mr. Lowry, Move This Folk Art Museum | Andrew Kovacs | Via
As the controversy surrounding Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s plan to demolish the Folk Art Museum wanes, some very real questions about what to do with the building have arisen. One New York engineer, Nat Oppenheimer, has an idea. Oppenheimer is a principal at Robert Silman Associates, the firm responsible for moving the historic Empire Theater up the street in 1998. He wants to perform a similar urban slight-of-hand and transfer the Folk Art Museum down 53rd Street to make room for the MoMA expansion and its connection to the adjacent Tower Verre (MoMA Tower) by Jean Nouvel.
According to an article by Fred A. Bernstein, Oppenheimer wrote a letter to FAM architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien suggesting just that. “For enough money, you can do anything in New York,” he said. This got us thinking. Why stop down the street? What if the Folk Art Museum was transported somewhere else in New York City?
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