Eavesdrop> Interpretable Transparencies: Diller Scofidio + Renfro ups its archispeak game

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The Culture Shed. (Courtesy Hudson Yards)

The Culture Shed. (Courtesy Hudson Yards)

When New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz isn’t posting vintage (and I mean vintage, like Medieval) erotica on Instagram, he is busy making fun of architects and the bad museums that they design.

One of his main punching bags is Diller Scofidio + Renfro, which is slated to design both the Culture Shed and MoMA’s new controversial expansion. He recently mocked them for their slippery language and vague proposals, capping it off with an anecdote about “interpretable transparencies.”

Saltz claimed that he was in a three-hour meeting with them, and he had to stop them to ask if “interpretable transparencies” meant windows. He said, “They looked at me blankly and said, ‘Yes.’”

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