Cosmo

The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s 2015 Young Architects Program winner New York / United States / 2015

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COSMO, the winning project of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s 2015 Young Architects Program, opens on June 23 in the MoMA PS1 courtyard. This year’s unique construction will be a moveable, colorful artifact, made out of striking, customized irrigation components, to make visible the sculptural nature of the hidden urban networks of pipes we live by. An assemblage of ecosystems, based on advanced environmental design, COSMO is engineered to filter and purify 3,000 gallons of water, eliminating suspended particles and nitrates, balancing the pH, and increasing the level of dissolved oxygen. It takes four days for the 3,000 gallons of water to become purified, then the cycle continues with the same body of water, becoming more purified with every cycle. It will remain on view through September 6.


Now in its 16th edition, the Young Architects Program at MoMA and MoMA PS1 has been committed to offering emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present innovative projects, challenging each year’s winners to develop creative designs for a temporary, outdoor installation at MoMA PS1 that provides shade, seating, and water. The architects must also work within guidelines that address environmental issues, including sustainability and recycling. COSMO, drawn from among five finalists, will design a temporary urban landscape for the 2015 Warm Up summer music series, which begins on June 27.


In his development of COSMO, Andrés Jaque addressed 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. COSMO is designed as both an offline and an online prototype. Its purpose is to trigger awareness, and to be easily reproduced all around the world, giving people access to drinking water, and to create a dialogue about it. But above all, COSMO will be a party-artifact moving in whatever direction the party happens to take it.


As a result of Andrés Jaque’s complex and advanced biochemical design, the stretched-out plastic mesh at the core of the construction will glow automatically whenever its water has been purified. In the stone courtyard of MoMA PS1, the party will literally light up every time the environment is protected providing a dynamic backdrop for the Warm Up summer music series. It will gather people together in an environment as pleasant and climatically comfortable as a garden and as visually textured as a mirrored disco ball.

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    COSMO, the winning project of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s 2015 Young Architects Program, opens on June 23 in the MoMA PS1 courtyard. This year’s unique construction will be a moveable, colorful artifact, made out of striking, customized irrigation components, to make visible the sculptural nature of the hidden urban networks of pipes we live by. An assemblage of ecosystems, based on advanced environmental design, COSMO is engineered to filter and purify 3,000 gallons of...

    Project details
    • Year 2015
    • Work finished in 2015
    • Client MoMA PS1
    • Status Temporary works
    • Type Pavilions / Exhibitions /Installations
    • Websitehttp://MoMAPS1.org
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