Archinect is pleased to announce the PS1 People's Choice Award, an honor bestowed upon the PS1 competition entry that is selected by public vote as the architectural community's favorite.
In 2000 the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 launched the Young Architects Program (YAP), an annual competition to design and build an installation in the iconic triangular courtyard of MoMA PS1. Although MoMA's goals for the competition are rather modestly stated as to "provide visitors with an outdoor recreational area for the summer... making the best use of the pre-existing space and available materials," the competition quickly became a venue for architectural innovation and a platform from which practices such as SHoP, ROY, and nArchitects stepped into the big league.
Now in its twelfth incarnation, the PS1 YAP competition is beginning to show signs that its competitors have outgrown their hosts as an increasing number of entrants feel compelled to look beyond the creation of shade and add new dimensions of relevance to their proposals. Mirroring the larger mood of contemporary North American architecture, there's a growing tension between entries that exhibit beautiful formal tactics, like MOS' sublime techno-snuffaluffagus and SO-IL's Pole Dance, and those which dwell on strategies such as Work AC's garden of community engagement. The last few years of the PS1 competition has batted a central question back and forth: should architecture aspire to more than a good dance party?
This is a question for all of us, not just the MoMA jury. The official winner is still decided by Glenn Lowry, Klaus Biesenbach, and a rotating panel of experts, but as of 2011 Archinect is offering the (completely unofficial) PS1 People's Choice Award. Our hope is that by opening up the competition to a wider vote we can catalyze a healthy discussion about what's hot and what's not (other than the NYC summer sun).
Below you will find the 2011 competition entries in alphabetical order. Under each project header we've included a link to the full proposal on our sister site Bustler as well as three essential images to create a consistent basis for judging. These images are one on-the-ground view, one plan, and one diagram or detail that explains the concept of the project.
Review each project before casting your vote. You may vote once and only once. If you're feeling generous with your time, please leave a comment on this page explaining what motivated your decision. Voting closes on March 11th, 12pm EST. The winner will be announced on March 11th.
formlessfinder: Bag Pile
"Bag pile provides an opportunity for visitors to lose the courtyard and immerse themselves in a new world, exploring spaces that range from large collective interiors designed specifically for the Warm Up events to small, intimate spaces perfect for individual occupation on a summer day. And because these spaces are crated with lose materials, the project remains dynamic, never fixed into a final form. Bag Pile thus offers not only a depth and variety of experience not yet seen in the PS1 YAP but a radically new understanding of the relationship between architectural space, material, and form."
IJP Corporation Architects: Ghost House
"GhostHouse is a light-weight installation with a counter-intuitive material structure exuding an aura of mystery and wonder. 97% of the proposal is simply rope. GhostHouse is about domesticity. It expresses the tension in our minds between the bustling excitement of the contemporary spaces we live in, and our persistent yearning for a log cabin in the woods -- a timeless, traditional house."
Interboro Partners: Holding Pattern
"Holding Pattern is a new take on recycling... We talked to as many of MoMA PS1's neighbors as we could… [and] simply asked each one: is there something you need that we could design, use in the courtyard during the Warm Up, then donate in the fall, once the Warm Up is over? The result is an eclectic collection of objects-including benches, mirrors, ping-pong tables, and flood lights-that we never would have thought to include, but that both enhance the Warm Up's program, and strengthen MoMA PS1's ties to its neighborhood."
MASS Design Group: Bottle Service
"Bottle Service, captures that summer impulse to cool off by activating the senses of the subaquatic and urban refreshment. Beneath a stream of seemingly floating and frozen forms, Bottle Service is an urban menagerie, a refracted surface, a transformative plunge unique only to this courtyard, to this borough, to this moment... Bottle Service shows architecture as an investment in communities. Creating not only added economic and social value, our proposal proves that the socially engaged and the architecturally progressive are not independent, but one and the same."
Matter Architecture Practice
MATTER declined to participate in the PS1 People's Choice Award and will be sharing their project via their own website when they have time to update it. To make this an informed debate, we have left them out of the vote.
Voting closed on March 11th, 12pm EST.
Archinect would like to thank each of the 2011 PS1 YAP competitors for their prompt response to our inquiry.
The 2011 PS1 YAP People's Choice Award is organized solely by Archinect and has no connection to the MoMA or MoMA PS1 other than our mutual interest in fostering strong debate about architecture.
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