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The past and future of prefab housing

Kierantimberlake Associates / Photo by Richard Barnes

Cellophane House, one of five houses on view at MoMA.

In 1920, Buster Keaton made a very funny silent short called One Week, about newlyweds who try to build a house from a mail-order kit. Complications ensue. A big screen playing scenes from that movie is the first thing you see at "Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling," an exhibition on view at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City that charts the bumptious history of prefabricated housing. The show, which runs through Oct. 20, was organized by Barry Bergdoll, MOMA's chief curator of architecture, who was operating in a playful mood. There are lots of video-projection screens,...

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