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How Black Vernacular Architecture Is Changing Museums

The stoop and the porch are prominent features of two new museum designs.
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New York City’s Studio Museum in Harlem just revealed plans for a major new expansion. It’s the first in the museum’s nearly 50-year history, The New York Times reports: a $122 million building designed by David Adjaye, a British architect.

One feature that jumps out in descriptions of the design is the building’s entrance, which Adjaye describes as a “reverse stoop,” according to the report. It will be a wide staircase that leads from the front area down to the lower level, and it will serve as a public gathering space.