Saturday, January 23, 2010

Young Architects Create Environment in Courtyard

Since 2000, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center have been running a competition under their Young Architects Program, inviting each year a group of emerging architects to experiment with new shapes and materials, resulting in a summer installation at the P.S.1.

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center is an exhibition space (rather than a collecting museum) in Long Island City, Queens. In 2000, P.S.1 became an affiliate of the Museum of Modern Art to extend the reach of both institutions, and combine P.S.1’s contemporary mission with MoMA’s strength as one of the greatest collecting museums of modern art.

Interesting projects have come out of this competition, such as the Public Farm (PF1) by Work AC in 2008, and Afterparty by MOS last year. The winning proposal for 2010 is: Pole Dance by Brooklyn based SO-IL (Solid Object Idenburg Liu) a practice run by Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu.

Conceived as a participatory environment that reframes the conceptual relationship between people and structures, Pole Dance is a system of interconnected poles and bungees whose equilibrium is open to human action and environmental factors. Throughout the courtyard, groups of 25-foot-tall poles on 12 x 12-foot grids connected by bungee cords whose elasticity will cause the poles to gently sway, creating a steady ripple throughout the courtyard space.

Click on the heading above to learn more about the Young Architects Program.

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