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MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program

MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program

  • Daniel D'Oca, Georgeen Theodore, and Tobias Amborst of Interboro Partners.

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    Daniel D'Oca, Georgeen Theodore, and Tobias Amborst of Interboro Partners.

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    Daniel D'Oca, Georgeen Theodore, and Tobias Amborst of Interboro Partners.

  • For the annual MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, Brooklyn-based Interboro Partners Tobias Armborst, Daniel DOca, and Georgeen Theodore orchestrated the piece Holding Pattern.

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    For the annual MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, Brooklyn-based Interboro Partners Tobias Armborst, Daniel DOca, and Georgeen Theodore orchestrated the piece Holding Pattern.

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    For the annual MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, Brooklyn-based Interboro Partners Tobias Armborst, Daniel DOca, and Georgeen Theodore orchestrated the piece Holding Pattern.

  • Holding Pattern, unlike previous YAP winning projects, explicitly connects the museum courtyard to its Long Island City neighborhood. Interboro asked area groups what they needed and then incorporated those objects into their design.

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    Holding Pattern, unlike previous YAP winning projects, explicitly connects the museum courtyard to its Long Island City neighborhood. Interboro asked area groups what they needed and then incorporated those objects into their design.

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    Holding Pattern, unlike previous YAP winning projects, explicitly connects the museum courtyard to its Long Island City neighborhood. Interboro asked area groups what they needed and then incorporated those objects into their design.

  • Artist Lesser Gonzales' playful illustration maps the connections between PS1 and the community.

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    Artist Lesser Gonzales' playful illustration maps the connections between PS1 and the community.

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    Artist Lesser Gonzales' playful illustration maps the connections between PS1 and the community.

  • The PS1 courtyard is sheltered by a fabric canopy, that ties into the museum's concrete wall. When Holding Pattern comes down in the fall, its benches, lounges, and ping-pong tables will be distributed to new homes.

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    The PS1 courtyard is sheltered by a fabric canopy, that ties into the museum's concrete wall. When Holding Pattern comes down in the fall, its benches, lounges, and ping-pong tables will be distributed to new homes.

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    The PS1 courtyard is sheltered by a fabric canopy that ties into the museum's concrete wall. When Holding Pattern comes down in the fall, its benches, lounges, and ping-pong tables will be distributed to new homes.

  • A smaller courtyard is filled with red oak trees. Nametags hung from the trunks identify where in Long Island City each tree will eventually put down roots.

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    A smaller courtyard is filled with red oak trees. Nametags hung from the trunks identify where in Long Island City each tree will eventually put down roots.

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    A smaller courtyard is filled with red oak trees. Nametags hung from the trunks identify where in Long Island City each tree will eventually put down roots.

Daniel D'Oca, Georgeen Theodore, and Tobias Armborst of Interboro Partners

The program brief for the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, now entering its second decade as arguably the most high-visibility gig for emerging talent, could be read as “create a cool shade structure in the PS1 museum courtyard and get ready for a dance party.” But in an era when the profession is feeling a bit hungover from the indulgences of formal expression, Interboro’s piece, “Holding Pattern,” takes a refreshingly different approach.

Brooklyn, N.Y.–based partners Daniel D’Oca, Georgeen Theodore, AIA, and Tobias Armborst asked folks in PS1’s Long Island City neighborhood a question: Is there something you need that we could design, use in the summer courtyard installation, then donate in the fall? Their query turned up a mixed-bag of materials, including ping-pong tables, mirrors, and a grove of 60 red oak trees, all of which will be deployed beneath a canopy of rope that stretches across the PS1 courtyard. Their outreach can be seen as a model for young architects who might be frustrated with traditional practice.

“They take classes about ‘social design’ but end up sourcing bathroom fixtures for luxury apartment units,” D’Oca says. “[With ‘Holding Pattern’] we spent a good amount of time talking to taxi-management companies, libraries, high schools, senior and daycare centers, community gardens, the post office, and dozens of other Long Island City–based institutions. We feel like a part of the neighborhood and that makes us happy.”