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5 Firms Shortlisted for 2017 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program

16:20 - 17 November, 2016
5 Firms Shortlisted for 2017 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, Escobedo Soliz Studio's "Weaving the Courtyard" - 2016 winner of MoMA PS1's YAP. Image © Rafael Gamo
Escobedo Soliz Studio's "Weaving the Courtyard" - 2016 winner of MoMA PS1's YAP. Image © Rafael Gamo

MoMA P.S.1 has named five finalists competing in the 2017 Young Architects Program (YAP).

Now in it’s 17th year, the competition was founded to offer emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design a temporary, outdoor installation within the walls of the P.S.1 courtyard for MoMA’s annual summer “Warm-Up” series. Architects are challenged to develop creative designs that provide shade, seating and water, while working within guidelines that address environmental issues, including sustainability and recycling.

LOT Wins Competition to Transform Flatiron Plaza in New York

16:10 - 31 October, 2016
LOT Wins Competition to Transform Flatiron Plaza in New York, Flatiron Sky-Line / LOT. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition
Flatiron Sky-Line / LOT. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition

LOT has been selected as the winner of the third annual Flatiron Public Plaza design competition in New York, which called for proposals from 5 New York City firms to design a temporary installation to be located at the base of the iconic Flatiron Building.

The winning proposal, titled “Flatiron Sky-Line,” consists of a series of 10 large contiguous arches, constructed out of white powder-coated steel tubes housing LED lights, from which an array of hammocks will be suspended to allow visitors to rest and take in the surrounding landmarks such as the Met Life Tower and Empire State Building.

Radiant Forest / Architensions. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition Flatiron Roc Chair / Büro Koray Duman Architects. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition Vanishing Point / FreelandBuck. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition Silver Shimmer / Young & Ayata. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition +7

This Maple Leaf Shaped Tunnel Commemorates Hungarian Refugees in Canada

08:00 - 30 October, 2016
This Maple Leaf Shaped Tunnel Commemorates Hungarian Refugees in Canada , © Gergely Szinnay
© Gergely Szinnay

In memorial of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, which resulted in the emigration of over 37,000 Hungarians to Canada, architectural studio Hello Wood has created Tunnel Through Time, a contemporary interpretation of the historic event that remembers the heroes of the revolution and especially honoring the Canadian people who welcomed Hungarian refugees. 

Composed of 37,565 pieces—one for each Hungarian refugee accepted into Canada—the tunnel begins with a Hungarian flag with a hole in the middle, representing how protesters cut the communist coat of arms out of the Hungarian flag during the revolution. The tunnel then morphs—as a representation of the journey of the refugees—until it reaches an exit, which is shaped like the national symbol of Canada, the maple leaf.

© Gergely Szinnay © Gergely Szinnay © Gergely Szinnay © Gergely Szinnay +41

Tatiana Blass' "Penelope" Crosses Chapel Walls with Enigmatic Red Wool

08:00 - 27 October, 2016
Tatiana Blass' "Penelope" Crosses Chapel Walls with Enigmatic Red Wool, © Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal
© Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal

Made from a combination of tangled and woven red wool, Brazilian artist Tatiana Blass’ installation, “Penelope,” flows inside and out of the Chapel of Morumbi in São Paulo, Brazil

The installation was inspired by the Greek myth of Penelope, who was Odysseus’ wife in Homer’s Odyssey. In the story, Penelope weaves and destroys a burial shroud for her husband, in a tribute to the power of love and to weaving. 

© Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal © Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal © Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal © Everton Ballardin. Via Colossal +7

Design Week Mexico and Museo Tamayo Launch Museum of Immortality Pavilion

16:00 - 15 October, 2016
Design Week Mexico and Museo Tamayo Launch Museum of Immortality Pavilion, Courtesy of Design Week Mexico
Courtesy of Design Week Mexico

Now in its eighth edition, Design Week Mexico, in collaboration with Museo Tamayo, has unveiled the design for a major public architectural pavilion designed by leading German architects Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Müller. Until Spring 2017, the installation will be a cultural attraction at Chapultepec Park, Mexico City’s largest public park. 

Courtesy of Design Week Mexico Courtesy of Design Week Mexico Courtesy of Design Week Mexico Courtesy of Design Week Mexico +18

Bijoy Jain's 2016 MPavilion Opens in Melbourne

19:01 - 3 October, 2016
Bijoy Jain's 2016 MPavilion Opens in Melbourne, © John Gollings
© John Gollings

The 2016 MPavilion, designed by Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, has opened in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens. Over the next four months, the bamboo structure will play host to a free public program of over 400 talks, workshops, performances and installations.

Bijoy Jain’s design joins the growing international trend of “handmade architecture” as it becomes the largest bamboo structure in Australia, utilizing 7 kilometers of Indian bamboo, 50,000 kilograms of Australian bluestone, 5,000 wooden pins and 26 kilometers of rope to cover a 16.8 square meter area. The slatted roof panels are constructed from sticks of the Karvi plant and were woven together by craftspeople in India over a four month period.

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings +6

Walk on Water with Space Caviar's Floating Cultural Installation on Italian Lake

12:00 - 18 September, 2016
Walk on Water with Space Caviar's Floating Cultural Installation on Italian Lake, Courtesy of Space Caviar
Courtesy of Space Caviar

Genoa-based studio Space Caviar has recently unveiled Arcipelago di Ocno, an aquatic installation on a lake in Mantova, Italy, which is the 2016 Italian Capital of Culture. Named after the local demigod Ocno, the installation recalls the form of a lotus, a plant with an extensive presence in Mantova’s lakes. 

Acting as an aquatic piazza for the city, the archipelago of floating islands “[extends] Mantova’s urban fabric onto the lakes that surround its historic center,” utilizing modular units to create a venue for Mantova’s cultural activities for years to come.

Courtesy of Space Caviar Courtesy of Space Caviar Courtesy of Space Caviar Courtesy of Space Caviar +18

Bijoy Jain Designs Australia's Largest Bamboo Structure for 2016 MPavilion

12:40 - 25 July, 2016

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has released plans for Studio Mumbai founder Bijoy Jain’s design for the 2016 MPavilion, the Australian counterpart to London's wildly successful Serpentine Gallery Pavilion program. Continuing the concepts driving Studio Mumbai’s work, the pavilion will utilize a process Jain describes as ‘Lore,’ an exploration of handmade architecture and simplicity of building craft that centers on the relationship between making and human connectedness.

Courtesy of Studio Mumbai Courtesy of Studio Mumbai © Nicholas Watt © Nicholas Watt +23

Moonolith Installation Reflects Moon and Stars in Geodesic Dome Like Structure

08:00 - 24 February, 2016
Moonolith Installation Reflects Moon and Stars in Geodesic Dome Like Structure , Courtesy of Martin Bricelj Baraga and the Museum of Transitory Art
Courtesy of Martin Bricelj Baraga and the Museum of Transitory Art

Slovenian artist Martin Bricelj Baraga has created Moonolith, a monument to the moon and stars, in collaboration with the City of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Based on the modular design of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome, Moonolith “is a modern three-dimensional squaring of the circle, projected into Euclidean space.”

As a part of the artist’s Nonument series, the installation “[carries] a strong symbolic message in a physical, mental, and virtual space,” reflecting “research of the meaning and development of monuments and the phenomenology of collective memory.”

Sou Fujimoto to Create "Forest of Light" for Fashion Brand COS

14:00 - 22 February, 2016
Sou Fujimoto to Create "Forest of Light" for Fashion Brand COS, © Sou Fujimoto Architects
© Sou Fujimoto Architects

Sou Fujimoto has been commissioned by Swedish clothing brand COS to design its installation for this year's Salone del Mobile in Milan. Taking place from April 12-17, the event will be the brand's fifth year participating.

"In this installation for COS, I envisage to make a forest of light," said Fujimoto. "A forest which consists of countless light cones made from spotlights above. These lights pulsate and constantly undergo transience of state and flow. People meander through this forest, as if lured by the charm of the light. Light and people interact with one another, its existence defining the transition of the other."

Collective–LOK’s "Heart of Hearts" Takes Shape in Times Square

12:00 - 11 February, 2016
Collective–LOK’s "Heart of Hearts" Takes Shape in Times Square, Courtesy of Justin Bettman for @TSqArts
Courtesy of Justin Bettman for @TSqArts

Collective–LOK's Heart of Hearts installation has officially opened in New York City's Times Square, just in time for Valentine's Day. Winner of this year's annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design, a competition curated by the Center for Architecture, the "faceted ring of 12 golden, mirrored hearts" will remain on view in Duffy Square through March 6. 

Studio Mumbai Founder Bijoy Jain to Design Melbourne's Next MPavilion

16:00 - 8 February, 2016
Studio Mumbai Founder Bijoy Jain to Design Melbourne's Next MPavilion, Ganga Maki Textile Studio / Studio Mumbai. Image Courtesy of Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Ganga Maki Textile Studio / Studio Mumbai. Image Courtesy of Naomi Milgrom Foundation

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has chosen Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai to design Melbourne's 2016 MPavilion. Following Amanda Levete's rendition of the unique commission, which closed its doors Sunday after hosting four months of free events, Jain will be the third architect to design the annual MPavilion. 

"I’m honored to be commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation to design the next MPavilion in Melbourne. I want it to be a symbol of the elemental nature of communal structures. Like Naomi, I see MPavilion as a place of engagement: a space to discover the essentials of the world - and of oneself," commented Jain. 

Gabriel Calatrava Creates Interactive String Installation for the 92Y Music Festival in New York

14:00 - 7 February, 2016
Gabriel Calatrava Creates Interactive String Installation for the 92Y Music Festival in New York , Courtesy of Gabriel Calatrava and 92Y
Courtesy of Gabriel Calatrava and 92Y

As a part of the 92Y Seeing Music festival in New York, architect and engineer Gabriel Calatrava has created a moving installation that “illuminates and interprets the Brentano String Quartet’s live performance of J.S. Bach’s The Art of the Fugue.” Operated by a dance corps, the set design “provides audiences with a new way to experience and interpret the music they hear on stage, while allowing various art forms to complement and inform each other.”

Courtesy of Gabriel Calatrava and 92Y Courtesy of Gabriel Calatrava and 92Y Courtesy of Gabriel Calatrava and 92Y Courtesy of Gabriel Calatrava and 92Y +11

Achim Menges to Create Robotic Pavilion for V&A

14:00 - 3 February, 2016
Achim Menges to Create Robotic Pavilion for V&A , Elytra Filament Pavilion, render, V&A John Madejski Garden 2016. Image © ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart
Elytra Filament Pavilion, render, V&A John Madejski Garden 2016. Image © ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart

Stuttgart experimental architect Achim Menges has been commissioned to kickstart the V&A's first ever Engineering Season with a site specific, nature-inspired installation fabricated by robots. Complemented by Ove Arup's first major retrospective, Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design, the Elytra Filament Pavilion will be Menges' first public commission in the UK. He will work with Moritz Dörstelmann, structural engineer Jan Knippers and climate engineer Thomas Auer to complete the project. 

"Elytra Filament Pavilion will explore the impact of emerging robotic technologies on architectural design, engineering and making," says the V&A. "Inspired by a lightweight construction principle found in nature, the fibrous structures of the forewing shells of flying beetles known as elytra, the Pavilion will be an undulating canopy of tightly-woven carbon fibre cells created using a novel robotic production process."

Escobedo Soliz Studio Wins MoMA PS1's 2016 Young Architects Program

14:19 - 1 February, 2016
Escobedo Soliz Studio Wins MoMA PS1's 2016 Young Architects Program, Weaving the Courtyard, 2015. Image © Escobedo Soliz Studio
Weaving the Courtyard, 2015. Image © Escobedo Soliz Studio

Mexico City-based Escobedo Soliz Studio has been named the winner of MoMA and MoMA PS1's annual Young Architects Program (YAP) in New York - now in its 17th edition. Selected over four other finalists, the winning project, Weaving the Courtyard is “neither an object nor a sculpture standing in the courtyard, but a series of simple, powerful actions that generate new and different atmospheres," says the architect. It will serve as a "temporary urban landscape" for the 2016 Warm Up summer music series in MoMA PS1’s outdoor courtyard.

"Weaving the Courtyard is a site-specific architectural intervention using the courtyard’s concrete walls to generate both sky and landscape, with embankments in which platforms of soil and water suggest the appearance of a unique topography," says MoMA.

John Hejduk's Jan Palach Memorial Opens in Prague

14:15 - 25 January, 2016
John Hejduk's Jan Palach Memorial Opens in Prague , © Miroslav Cikán
© Miroslav Cikán

For the first time in history, a John Hejduk structure has been permanently installed in a public space. The American architect's Jan Palach Memorial has officially opened last week at Jan Palach Square (formerly Red Army Square) on the Alšovo Riverbank in Prague after 25 years in the making. 

"The work, entitled House of the Suicide and House of the Mother of the Suicide, which was originally built in Atlanta in 1990, then Prague in 1991, honors the Czech dissident Jan Palach, whose self-immolation in protest of the Soviet invasion of 1968 served as a galvanizing force against the communist government in Czechoslovakia. A plaque at the base of the monument displays the poem The Funeral of Jan Palach, by former School of Architecture Professor David Shapiro," says The Cooper Union. 

Experimental Structure of Bent Wood Takes Shape in Genoa

14:00 - 4 January, 2016
Experimental Structure of Bent Wood Takes Shape in Genoa, © Anna Positano
© Anna Positano

Over a four day period during the New Generations Festival, curators Edouard Cabay (Appareil, ES) and Margherita Del Grosso (MaDGStudio, IT) led an experimental workshop within a shipyard at the Historical Center of Genoa that resulted in a "Bent" installation inspired by navel construction. 

"By bending wood into an (in)habitable structure reminiscent of naval craft, a dialogue was created between the medieval urban fabric of Genoa and its tradition as maritime city," says the curators. "Although is still at the heart of the city's economy, its industry has been relegated to the margins of Genoa, generating conflict and ambiguity between the shore and the urban fabric. The workshop provided an occasion to mend this detachment through an architectural installation that, rather than bringing the city towards the sea, brings the marine element back into the urban fabric."

FR-EE Installation Explores Man's Relationship with Sun at Design Miami/

16:00 - 8 December, 2015
FR-EE Installation Explores Man's Relationship with Sun at Design Miami/, © Robin Hill
© Robin Hill

Swarovski commissioned FR-EE / Fernando Romero EnterprisE to design an installation for Design Miami/ that "explores man's relationship with the sun." One billion times smaller than the sun, the installation - El Sol - is a spherical geodesic dome made from 2880 Swarovski crystals that "augment light emitted from its core" to "evoke the sun's gaseous, moving terrain."

"The project has allowed me to explore mathematics in relation to nature and my Mexican ancestry, which is very important and personal to my practice," said Fernando Romero.