In February the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 announced New York– and Madrid-based Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation as the winner of the 16th annual Young Architects Program (YAP). The winning project, called COSMO, is a movable, colorful artifact made of customized irrigation components. It was recently installed in the courtyard at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City and will serve as the backdrop for the Warm Up summer music series.
COSMO is engineered to filter and purify 3,000 gallons of water—one cycle will take four days and will repeat continually to further purify the water. Each time a cycle is complete, the stretched-out plastic mesh at the core of the construction will glow. Jaque’s concept 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.
The other finalists for this year’s MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program were brillhart architecture (Jacob Brillhart), Erin Besler, The Bittertang Farm (Michael Loverich) and Studio Benjamin Dillenburger (Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer). An exhibition of the five finalists’ proposed projects will be on view at MoMA over the summer, organized by Pedro Gadanho, curator, with Leah Barreras, department assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA.