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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870707337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870707339
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barry Bergdoll is Chief Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and associate professor in the Department of Art History at Columbia University in New York.

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Ken Tadashi Oshima is Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, where he teaches in the areas of trans-national architectural history, theory, representation, and design. He has also been a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and taught at Columbia University and the University of British Columbia. He earned an A.B. degree, magna cum laude, in East Asian Studies and Visual & Environmental Studies from Harvard College, M. Arch. degree from U. C. Berkeley and Ph.D. in architectural history and theory from Columbia University. From 2003-5, he was a Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in London. Dr. Oshima's publications include Architecturalized Asia (University of Hawai'i Press/Hong Kong University Press, 2013), a monograph on Arata Isozaki (Phaidon, 2009) and Constructing Kokusai Kenchiku: International Architecture in Interwar Japan (University of Washington Press, 2009). He is an author for the Museum of Modern Art Exhibition Home Delivery (2008), curator of the exhibition SANAA: Beyond Borders (Henry Art Gallery 2007-8), and co-curator of Crafting a Modern World: The Architecture and Design of Antonin and Noémi Raymond. An editor and contributor to Architecture + Urbanism for more than ten years, he co-authored the two-volume special issue, Visions of the Real: Modern Houses in the 20th Century (2000). His articles on the international context of architecture and urbanism in Japan have been published in The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Architectural Theory Review, Kenchiku Bunka, Japan Architect, L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui, and the AA Files.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fzal on October 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Museum of Modern Art
"Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling"
Exhibition: 20 July - 20 October 2008, New York City
Monograph: "Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling"
Authors: Barry Bergdoll and Peter Christensen
Publisher: Birkhäuser Basel
ISBN: 3764388625

The Museum of Modern Art has created an excellent exhibition entitled "Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling". The exhibit and associated monograph spans from 1772 pre-fabricated colonies to today's cutting edge technologies as can be seen in the prototypes built by the KieranTimberlake Associates "Cellophane House", Horden Cherry Lee Architects / Haack + Höpfner Architects "Micro Compact" module, and Oskar Leo Kaufman + Albert Rüf, KFN Systems "System 3" projects.

The beauty of this collection of works is to be able to look back over time, to see the mileposts of innovation over the years, ponder pathways that were cut short, and make connections between disparate projects to see a culmination of knowledge ripe for today's construction market.

Within the exhibition, one can learn from a series of trends in the design and construction movement: Pre-Cut Parts, Panels, Frames, Modules, and Leveling Systems.

Pre-Cut Parts
These individual pieces are shipped to a client for assembly into a more complex whole on site. The process employs mass production efficiencies and minimized shipping volumes. Sears & Roebuck Company's mail-order catalogue homes from 1908, with over 30,000 ready to assemble parts, epitomized this process.
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