As in any fight between longtime friends, there are raw emotions, tarnished memories, tears.
And now, silence.
Two celebrated architect couples, whose careers took off almost simultaneously in the hothouse of New York City design and who supported each other’s successes, are barely on speaking terms.
One pair, Billie Tsien and Tod Williams, designed the former home of the American Folk Art Museum on West 53rd Street; the other, Liz Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, just recommended demolishing it as part of their plan to expand the Museum of Modern Art next door.
Both built reputations for sophisticated design and sensitive urban planning. And now, fate has led them to a personal and professional breaking point.