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The Living wins MoMA PS1’s 2014 Young Architects Program


MoMA PS1, one of the largest non-for-profit contemporary art institutions in the US, has recently announced The Living’s David Benjamin as the winner of the annual Young Architects Program (YAP) in New York. Organised in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art, the program offers emerging architects an opportunity to propose design ideas for a temporary outdoor pavilion at MoMA PS1 that provides shade, seating and water.

New York-based practice The Living’s winning project, ‘Hy-Fi’ was selected from a number of applications to design a temporary urban landscape for the 2014 Warm Up summer music series in MoMA PS1’s outdoor courtyard.

With an aim to promote sustainability and recycling, the project will integrate practical science applications with advanced computerised technologies. One of the highlights of the scheme is to use of bio-design methodology. The result will be a structure formed entirely of organic matter. By diverting the natural carbon cycle, the scheme will require no artificial energy and produce zero carbon emissions. Interestingly, a new biotechnology company, BioMason, has developed a unique method of growing construction materials such as bricks using common microorganisms and other natural resources.

The Living’s structure will include two circular towers made using two newly created materials – organic and reflective bricks. The organic blocks, manufactured using a combination of corn stalks and specially developed living root structures, will be positioned at the bottom of the design. The reflective bricks, produced through the custom forming of a mirror film, will be positioned at the top. The reflective bricks will help cast light on to the area below.

Pedro Gadanho, MoMA‘s Architecture and Design Curator, said, “This year’s YAP winning project bears no small feat. It is the first sizable structure to claim near-zero carbon emissions in its construction process and, beyond recycling, it presents itself as being 100% compostable.”




Article courtesy: www.archdaily.com



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