Each year, we look forward to the varied entries and the selected finalists of the MoMA + MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program for an outdoor recreational area within PS1’s triangular entrance courtyard and outdoor sculpture area. YAP began in 2000 as a way to strengthen the relationship between MoMA and MoMA PS1, and the program provides opportunities for emerging architects to showcase their talent and give back to the community. Now, the program is expanding even more as MoMa and MoMA PS1 have announced a new partnership with the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. Such a partnership will further expand YAP’s international reach (in 2011, MoMA and MoMA PS1 partnered with MAXXI in Rome to create the first international YAP, and then, partnered with cultural organization CONSTRUCTO in Santiago,Chile). More about the new partnership after the break.
YAP Istanbul will challenge architects to create temporary exterior installations to serve as biennial architectural landscapes for summer programming at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. The inaugural YAP Istanbul installation—chosen from five finalists by a team of representatives from both Museums as well as representatives from the other YAP International programs—will open in June 2013, coinciding with the openings of YAP at MoMA PS1 and YAP MAXXI. Oya Eczacıbaşı, Chair of the Board of Istanbul Modern, explained, “YAP Istanbul will include architectural installations designed for the museum’s courtyard, an architectural exhibition showcasing the designs of international finalists, and a wide range of summer activities. Through this program we hope to support emerging talents and create an international platform in Istanbul for discussing this field.”
Although scattered across the world, each YAP location will feature an exhibition showcasing the proposed designs from all of the finalists within the YAP International program during the summer of 2013. “The vibrancy of the architecture and design worlds in Turkey demands attention both locally and internationally. While the finalists in this biennial program will highlight the creativity of young Turkish designers, the other international YAP members will provide further exposure through exhibitions at their venues as well as on a dedicated website. This is a new model of global exhibition that recognizes local talent bases,” stated Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA.
We are excited to see YAP growing and we will continue to bring you all the news on the latest designs, wherever they may be.