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Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation Wins MoMA Young Architects Program

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1 have selected Spanish architect Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation as the winner of this year’s Young Archi-tects Program. Now in its 16th year, the highly competitive program gives emerging ar-chitects the opportunity to build a temporary installation in PS1’s Long Island City courtyard to accompany its summer music series Warm-Up.

Jaque’s winning entry, COSMO, is a suspended and moveable artifact meant to bring attention to the world’s water crisis. Made of customized irrigation components, COSMO is engineered to filter and purify 3,000 gallons of water. Whenever the water is purified, the stretched out plastic mesh at the core of the installation will automatically glow, literally lighting up the courtyard. The installation will be a dynamic addition to the museum’s courtyard creating an environment that is “as pleasant and climatically comfortable as a garden and as visually textured as a mirrored disco ball,” said a spokesperson for the museum.

“This year’s proposal takes one of the Young Architects Program’s essential require-ments - providing a water feature for leisure and fun - and highlights water itself as a scarce resource,” said Pedro Gadanho, Curator in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design. “Relying on off-the-shelf components from agro-industrial origin, an exu-berant mobile architecture celebrates water-purification processes and turns their intri-cate visualization into an unusual backdrop for the Warm Up sessions.”

COSMO will open in the June 2015. It was selected from an initial pool of 25 entries and five finalists including brillhart architecture, Erin Besler, the Bittertang Farm and Studio Benjamin Dillenburger. An exhibition of the finalists will be on view at MoMA in the summer.

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