In its 17th year running, the Long Island City, N.Y., satellite location for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has released a shortlist for its Young Architects Program (YAP). Created as an opportunity for budding architects to flex their design chops, the program asks competitors to create a temporary, outdoor installation that will be constructed on the public rooftop of MoMA PS1. The art institution asks for designers to develop a construction that will offer shade, seating, and water for attendees of its summertime live concert series, “Warm Up,” while addressing environmental issues.
This year’s hopefuls are split between the U.S. and Mexico. The American designers include First Office, led by Andrew Atwood and Anna Neimark in Los Angeles; Ultramoderne, which includes Aaron Forrest, AIA, and Yasmine Vobis, located in Providence, R.I.; and Cobalt Office, formed by Andrew Colopy and Robert Booth in Houston. The Mexican participants are Escobedo + Solis, with Lazbent Pavel Escobedo Amaral and Andres Soliz Paz, in Mexico City; and Frida Escobedo, based in Azures. The winner will be announced in early 2016.
Last year, the panelists, comprised of practitioners and curators, chose COSMO, the bespoke installation designed by Spanish architect Andrés Jaque. The quadragenarian architect heads international firm Office for Political Innovation, with offices in Madrid and New York, and teaches at Columbia University. His winning structure was made of several rounded irrigation pipes, with the smaller configurations forming a halo at the top, circling the biggest pipe in the middle several feet below. The entire system was supported by two metal beams, each sitting on four wheels for concert-goers to push it around the venue. Within a four-day span, it can completely purify 3,000 gallons of water. This project addressed the lack of clean water in underserved areas around the world, and was engineered to be reproduced for those very locations.
Watch our interview with Jaque regarding the motive behind his design and the building process.