During the summer of 2012, Wendy will clean the air equivalent to removing 260 cars off of the road.
The acme of overwrought spaces for public fun has to be the Young Architects Program (YAP) organized by MoMA PSI in Queens. Now in its 13th year, the program offers young architects a chance to unleash their imaginations in a competition to come up with temporary designs for the museum’s walled-in play yard. The winning design needs to offer shade, seating and some sort of water feature, all the while maintaining environmental “relevance.” It is that last which makes the corn petition a bell wether of how we currently think about and engage with public space.
Turning Up the Volume in Public _ By Julie V
This summer, all summer, New York City is having a Design subway series. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and P.S.1, the contemporary ‘wing’ of MOMA in Long Island City, are both hosting weird playful architect-designed constructions. The Met’s is on the roof, P.S 1’s is in the entry courtyard. Both are audience-friendly with a jungle gym aesthetic; they invite you to clamber up, in, and around – though at the Met you have to have a timed ticket, assure them you’re not drunk, and wear proper shoes. Both present strong visions of human/environment relationships – but only one is actually doing something about it.
Design Subway Series
Every year the curators at MoMA choose one emerging architecture firm to design a summer-long installation for their PS1 campus in Long Island City.
This year the winner is Wendy.