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Behind "Hy-Fi": The Organic, Compostable Tower That Won MoMA PS1's Young Architects Program 2014

12:00 - 17 February, 2014
Behind "Hy-Fi": The Organic, Compostable Tower That Won MoMA PS1's Young Architects Program 2014, The Living’s Hy-Fi, winning design of the 2014 Young Architects Program. The Museum of Modern Art and MoMAPS1. Image © The Living
The Living’s Hy-Fi, winning design of the 2014 Young Architects Program. The Museum of Modern Art and MoMAPS1. Image © The Living

This article, published by Metropolis Magazine as "Behind the Living's "100% Organic" Pavilion for MoMA PS1", goes behind the plans for this year's MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program's winning design, "Hy-Fi" - looking at the compostable eco-bricks which make the design possible.

"It all starts on local farms with waste corn stalks," says Sam Harrington of Ecovative, who will help build this year’s winning entry for the MoMA PS1 Young Architect’s Program. Hy-Fi, designed by the New York-based firm The Living, will be made of bricks that are entirely organic and ultimately, compostable. A good chunk of that material is corn stalks, stained clay-red with an organic dye from Shabd Simon-Alexander and Audrey Louisere . The rest is mycelium—mushroom roots to you and me—that will hold the corn stalks together as they cohere into a molded shape. The technology, developed by Ecovative in 2007, has so far been used as a packaging material. "But we love the chance to try something bold, and that’s what PS1 is all about," Harrington says.

Read more about the bricks behind Hy-Fi after the break

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport - Terminal 2 / SOM

01:00 - 17 February, 2014
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport - Terminal 2 / SOM, © Robert Polidori
© Robert Polidori

© SOM © Robert Polidori © Robert Polidori © Robert Polidori +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM), सहार रोड, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Area, मुंबई, महाराष्ट्र 400099, India
  • Design Partner

    Roger Duffy
  • Senior Design Architect

    Scott Duncan
  • Design Architect

    Peter Lefkovits
  • Technical Architect

    Narin Gobindranauth
  • Senior Aviation Planner

    Derek Moore
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Endless Cycling / Rodrigo Cáceres Céspedes

01:00 - 17 February, 2014
Endless Cycling / Rodrigo Cáceres Céspedes, © Patricia Albornoz Avendaño
© Patricia Albornoz Avendaño

© Patricia Albornoz Avendaño © Patricia Albornoz Avendaño © Patricia Albornoz Avendaño © Rodrigo Cáceres Céspedes +42

Liquid Laundry / hcreates

01:00 - 17 February, 2014
Liquid Laundry / hcreates, © Seth Powers
© Seth Powers

© Seth Powers © Seth Powers © Seth Powers © Seth Powers +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xuhui, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Hannah Churchill
  • Branding & Graphic Design

    The Orange Blowfish
  • Area

    700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Espresso Embassy / sporaarchitects

01:00 - 17 February, 2014
Espresso Embassy  / sporaarchitects, © Danyi Balázs
© Danyi Balázs

© Danyi Balázs © Danyi Balázs © Danyi Balázs © Danyi Balázs +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Budapest, Hungary
  • Architect in Charge

    Dékány Tibor, Hatvani Ádám
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Odense Cathedral High School / Cubo Arkitekter

01:00 - 17 February, 2014
Odense Cathedral High School  / Cubo Arkitekter, © Martin Schubert
© Martin Schubert

© Martin Schubert © Martin Schubert © Egon Jacobsen © Martin Schubert +12

Black House Blues / ARCHISPEKTRAS

01:00 - 17 February, 2014
Black House Blues / ARCHISPEKTRAS, © Juozas Kamenskas
© Juozas Kamenskas

© Juozas Kamenskas © Juozas Kamenskas © Juozas Kamenskas © Juozas Kamenskas +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kulautuva, Lithuania
  • Architect in Charge

    Aidas Kalinauskas, Ignas Kalinauskas, Vaidas Tamošiūnas
  • Area

    170.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

AD Classics: Woolworth Building / Cass Gilbert

01:00 - 17 February, 2014
AD Classics: Woolworth Building / Cass Gilbert, View of Woolworth Building and surrounding buildings (ca. 1913), via <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/'>Wikimedia</a> Commons
View of Woolworth Building and surrounding buildings (ca. 1913), via Wikimedia Commons

The Woolworth Building, an innovative and elegant early skyscraper completed in 1913, endures today as an iconic form on the New York City skyline. A historicist exterior sheaths a modern steel tower, embodying both the era’s modern spirit of progress and its hesitation to fully break from the past. Cass Gilbert, selected as the architect, believed the designer should “weave into the pattern of our own civilization the beauty that is our inheritance.”[1]  An ornate monument to the growing economic dominance of New York City, the building was dubbed the “Cathedral of Commerce.”

Blue and yellow accents. Image © Aaron Sylvan Stairs in the rear of the lobby. Image © Aaron Sylvan Woolworth Building under construction, circa 1912. Image Courtesy of Flickr Commons Project Typical upper level plan. Image © Penn State Libraries Pictures Collection +35

OVal House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos

01:00 - 17 February, 2014
OVal House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos, © Marcos García
© Marcos García

© Marcos García © Marcos García © Marcos García © Marcos García +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zapopan, JAL, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Elías Rizo Suárez, Alejandro Rizo Suárez
  • Collaborators

    Jenny Mora,
Paola Hernández, Alma Osnaya, Jenny Camarena, Gabriela Chávez, Roberto Contreras, Rigo González, Daniela Valdez, Andrea Zúñiga, Maripily Roel, Diana Reséndiz y Rodrigo Ortega
  • Constructor

    Calca Constructora, César Alcaraz Flores, Pamela Cabrera Castro
  • Area

    341.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Spectrum Magazine Spotlights MIT's Cross-Disciplinary Research into Cities

00:00 - 17 February, 2014
Spectrum Magazine Spotlights MIT's Cross-Disciplinary Research into Cities, Fluid Crystallization, a project by Skylar Tibbits which informed his investigation of 4D printing. Image Courtesy of The Self-Assembly Lab, MIT
Fluid Crystallization, a project by Skylar Tibbits which informed his investigation of 4D printing. Image Courtesy of The Self-Assembly Lab, MIT

Spectrum Magazine, an annual publication by MIT to highlight the work of a cross-section of their professors and alumni, has recently released its 2014 edition. This year, the focus is on cities, with a great selection of architecture, planning and technology based contributions. You can download a pdf of the magazine here - or read on after the break for links to some articles of note. 

David Zwirner Gallery / Selldorf Architects

01:00 - 17 February, 2014
David Zwirner Gallery / Selldorf Architects, © Jason Schmidt
© Jason Schmidt

© Jason Schmidt © Jason Schmidt © Jason Schmidt © Jason Schmidt +16

Johnson County Justice Annex / el dorado

01:00 - 17 February, 2014
Johnson County Justice Annex / el dorado, © Mike Sinclair
© Mike Sinclair

© Mike Sinclair © Mike Sinclair © Mike Sinclair © Mike Sinclair +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Olathe, KS, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Dan Maginn, FAIA
  • Area

    48000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Antalya Aquarium / Bahadir Kul Architects

01:00 - 17 February, 2014
Antalya Aquarium / Bahadir Kul Architects, ©  Ket Kolektif
© Ket Kolektif

Courtesy of Bahadir Kul Architects ©  Ket Kolektif ©  Ket Kolektif Courtesy of Bahadir Kul Architects +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Antalya, Turkey
  • Client

    Antalya Aquarium Company
  • Site area

    30.000 m2
  • Area

    12000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Ket Kolektif , Courtesy of Bahadir Kul Architects

Zhengzhou Vanke City Gallery / Locus Associates

01:00 - 17 February, 2014
Zhengzhou Vanke City Gallery  / Locus Associates , © Béton Brut
© Béton Brut

© Béton Brut © Béton Brut © Béton Brut © Béton Brut +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zhengzhou, Henan, China
  • Design Team

    Brandon Huang, Jerome Lee, Kenny Fung, Ray Wan
  • Facade Architect

    Shenzhen Upright&Pure Architectural Design Co. Ltd
  • Local Architect

    Chongqing Xinzhongjian Architectural Design Consultants
  • Area

    18000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Harry Gugger Studio's 'The Exchange' to Rise in Vancouver

01:00 - 17 February, 2014
Harry Gugger Studio's 'The Exchange' to Rise in Vancouver, Courtesy of Harry Gugger Studio
Courtesy of Harry Gugger Studio

Construction broke ground last month for ‘The Exchange’ tower in Vancouver, Canada's first LEED Platinum heritage conversion and Harry Gugger Studio’s first North American building. The 31-floor office building resolves the strict urban regulations imposed on high-rise construction downtown and addresses the historical context by preserving and integrating the façade of the city's historic Stock Exchange building.

Architecture Photography: Lina Bo Bardi's 'Sesc Pompeia'

00:00 - 17 February, 2014
Architecture Photography: Lina Bo Bardi's 'Sesc Pompeia', © Fernando Pires
© Fernando Pires

The designer and photographer Fernando Pires has completed a photographic series on Sesc Pompéia, one of Lina Bo Bardi's most significant works.

The photographer's series explores that symmetry in Bo Bardi's brutalist design, in which two colors, red and concrete-gray, unite harmoniously.

See more of Pires' images, after the break...

© Fernando Pires © Fernando Pires © Fernando Pires © Fernando Pires +15

Winners of the 2013 BSA Design Awards Announced

00:00 - 16 February, 2014
Winners of the 2013 BSA Design Awards Announced , Via Verde - The Green Way / Dattner Architects and Grimshaw Architects © David Sundberg | Esto Photographics
Via Verde - The Green Way / Dattner Architects and Grimshaw Architects © David Sundberg | Esto Photographics

The Boston Society of Architects has announced the winners of the 2013 Design Awards Program. With programs ranging from accessible design to unbuilt architecture, the following projects were awarded top honors for being Massachusetts and New England's most prized examples of excellent design. 

Studio 19 Community Housing / Strachan Group Architects, Studio 19

01:00 - 16 February, 2014
Studio 19 Community Housing  / Strachan Group Architects, Studio 19 , © Jackie Meiring
© Jackie Meiring

© Jackie Meiring © Jackie Meiring © Jackie Meiring © Jackie Meiring +14