MOMA and the Folk Art Museum building

The most valuable thing I learned in architecture school was that organizations, like all other living organisms, have as their first priority their own survival. After that comes their mission and after that, living up to their values. The decision by the bloated and self-aggrandizing Museum of Modern Art to destroy this building because it’s at odds with their bullheaded “aesthetic” —

“MoMA officials said the building’s design did not fit their plans because the opaque facade is not in keeping with the glass aesthetic of the rest of the museum. The former folk museum is also set back farther than MoMA’s other properties, and the floors would not line up.”

— is a clear example of how an organization’s mission can get completely smothered under its own swollen sense of self-importance.

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