Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation was announced today as the winner of the 2015 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program competition. Every year, the YAP winner will temporarily transform the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York for the annual Warm Up summer music festivities in late June. YAP proposals have to provide seating, shade, and water, and also follow guidelines that address environmental issues and sustainability.
Andrés Jaque's and his team's design, "COSMO" was selected out of five finalists, who were announced this past fall. COSMO is a moveable "party artifact" that is engineered to filter and purify 3,000 gallons of water, therefore continuing to raise awareness on ecological and climate change like last year's winning installation, "Hy-Fi".
Check out COSMO right below.
"This year’s unique construction, COSMO, will be a moveable artifact, made out of customized irrigation components, to make visible and enjoyable the so-far hidden urbanism of pipes we live by. An assemblage of ecosystems, based on advanced environmental design, COSMO is engineered to filter and purify 3,000 gallons of water, eliminating suspended particles and nitrates, balancing the PH, and increasing the level of dissolved oxygen. It takes four days for the 3,000 gallons of water to become purified, then the cycle continues with the same body of water, becoming more purified with every cycle.
Andrés Jaque addresses the statistic put forth by the United Nations, estimating that by 2025 two thirds of the global population will live in countries that lack sufficient water. COSMO is designed as both an offline and an online prototype. Its purpose is to trigger awareness, and to be easily reproduced all around the world, giving people access to drinking water, and to a dialogue about it. But above all, COSMO will be a party-artifact moving in whatever direction the party happens to take it."
"As a result of Andrés Jaque’s complex and advanced biochemical design, the stretched-out plastic mesh at the core of the construction will glow automatically whenever its water has been purified. In the stone courtyard of MoMA PS1, the party will literally light up every time the environment is protected providing a dynamic backdrop for the Warm Up summer music series. It will gather people together in an environment as pleasant and climatically comfortable as a garden as visually textured as a mirrored disco ball."
Other YAP international programs include MAXXI — held in the National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome, Italy and Istanbul Modern in Istanbul, Turkey. Seoul also hosted its inaugural YAP competition last year.
COSMO: Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation
Team: Patrick Craine, Jocelyn Froimovich, Roberto González, Iván López Munuera, Yannan Chen, Ilgaz Kayaalp, Nicolò Lewanski, Jorge López Conde, Senne Meesters, James Quick, Jarča Slamova.
Engineering: BAC Engineering and Consultancy
Models: Joaquín García Vicente, Anna Melgarejo, Miguel Mesa del Castillo, Tatiana Poggi, in collaboration with 3 FabLab, Proyectos Arquitectónicos, UA. Special Thanks to Ad hoc.
Audiovisuals: Bollería Industrial. Paula Currás, Ana Olmedo, Eugenio Fernández Sánchez, Enrique Ventosa.
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