PETER WHEELWRIGHT is a writer, architect, and former Chair of Architecture at Parsons the New School for Design. He designed the Kaleidoscope DollHouse in collaboration with Laurie Simmons in 2000. The prototype is in the Collection of Art and Design at MoMA. His recent novel, As It Is On Earth, was a 2013 PEN/Hemingway Honorable Mention for Literary Excellence (see "In Conversation," The Brooklyn Rail, Sept. 2012).
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Only those present in MoMAs inner chamber know precisely what happened, but, if DS+R indeed proposed alternatives to demolition, the options fell on deaf ears.