Futuristic canopy made of knitted textile solar panels wins 2017 Young Architects Program at MoMA

February 21, 2017 by  
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Since 2000, New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) PS1 art gallery brings to life experimental outdoor installations every summer—and this year’s winning design is shaping up to be its most innovative project yet. Ithaca-based design practice Jenny Sabin Studio won the 2017 MoMA PS1’s Young Architecture Program competition with their proposal of a futuristic shelter made from robotically knitted textile solar panels. The project, called Lumen, is a “knitted light” structure that will immerse visitors in a cooling microclimate during the day and in an ethereal immersive environment at night that glows using energy collected from the sun. Now in its 18th edition, the Young Architects Program gives emerging architects and designers the chance to build a temporary outdoor installation in the MoMA PS1 courtyard in Long Island City. Proposals were required to provide shelter, seating, and water, while also addressing environmental issues that include sustainability and recycling. Jenny Sabin Studio’s winning Lumen will feature a robotically woven canopy made of recycled photoluminescent textiles that collect solar energy to produce light. Misting systems built into tubular structures called “fabric stalactites” will keep visitors cool during hot days. Related: First Ever Mushroom Tower Sprouts at MoMA PS1 in New York Initially developed for Nike, Lumen’s high-tech fabric canopy is a cross-disciplinary experiment that merges elements of architecture with biology, materials science, mathematics, and engineering. Jenny Sabin Studio writes: “The project is mathematically generated through form-finding simulations informed by the sun, site, materials, program, and the structural morphology of knitted cellular components. Resisting a biomimetic approach, Lumen employs an analogic design process where complex material behavior and processes are integrated with personal engagement and diverse programs. Lumen undertakes rigorous interdisciplinary experimentation to produce a multisensory environment that is full of delight, inspiring collective levity, play, and interaction as the structure and materials transform throughout the day and night.” Lumen will be open to the public at the MoMA PS1 courtyard on June 29, 2017 and will serve as the backdrop for Warm Up, the art gallery’s annual outdoor music series. + Jenny Sabin Studio Via Architectural Record Images via Jenny Sabin Studio

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Inhabitat’s Top 6 Interviews of 2014

December 30, 2014 by  
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In the past year Inhabitat had the privilege of speaking with a variety of talented designers, architects and thinkers. We chatted with Bianca Bosker about architectural mimicry and Boyan Slat filled us in on his brilliant ocean cleanup array. David Benjamin introduced us to the world’s first mushroom tower and we learned about improving water quality in New York City. The minds behind Maison Durable Portneuf educated us about cold-climate construction and Koen Olthius taught us how to embrace rising sea levels. Which interview was your favorite? Check them out and let us know! Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , 2014 inhabitat stories , architectural copies China , Architectural Mimicry , Architecture , ate atema , Bianca Bosker , bioswales , bioswales nyc , biotecture , book review , breathable paint , buildings made of mushrooms , city apps , Climate Change , coastal cities , Combined sewage overflows , compost , composting toilet , copy cat architecture , David Benjamin , design for disaster , dikes , duplicative architecture , duplitecture , earth berm , eco design , eco home , eco paints , eco-friendly , extreme flooding , fake eiffel tower , Faux Eiffel Tower , floating architecture , floating buildings , floating cities , floating countries , flood-proof design , flooding , global warming , green architecture , Green Building , green design , house on stilts , humanure , inhabitat , inhabitat interview , innovative architecture , jill fehrenbacher , Kate Alvo , kiribati , knock off eiffel tower fake Venice in China , knock-off architecture , Koen Olthius , koen olthuis , koen olthuis interview , Maison Durable , Maldives , MoMA PS1 , moma ps1 mushroom building , mushroom bricks , mushroom buildings , mycelium , mycotecture , Original Copies , Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China , paint , passive solar , permaculture , Prefab , prefabricated , recycled wood , replicated austrian village , rising sea levels , sea level rise , solar panels , Solar Power , storm surge , stormwater remediation , stormwater runoff , stormwater runoff solution , Straw Bale , straw bale home , straw bale homes , street creeks , Sustainability , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , thames town , the living , top 6 inhabitat interviews , top 6 interviews , Top 6 Interviews 2014 Inhabitat , top inhabitat stories , Urban design , urban development , urban storm water , water issues , Waterstudio , Waterstudio.nl , Zaha Hadid Wangjing Complex

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World’s First Mushroom Tower at PS1

August 6, 2014 by  
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<br /> <A HREF=”http://ad.doubleclick.net/jump/N3643.145749.INHABITAT/B8123027.108788360;sz=1×1;ord=[timestamp]?”><br /> <IMG SRC=”http://ad.doubleclick.net/ad/N3643.145749.INHABITAT/B8123027.108788360;sz=1×1;ord=[timestamp]?” BORDER=0 WIDTH=1 HEIGHT=1 ALT=”Advertisement”></A><br /> You may have heard the riddle about mushrooms being the only rooms with no walls, but David Benjamin is flipping the script on the old joke with some incredible mycotecture built from mushroom bricks! The architect and his firm, The Living , are pushing the boundaries of design by experimenting with biotecture, blurring the lines between biology and built environments. Their latest efforts have culminated in the world’s first tower made from fungus , which debuted at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York last week. We recently had the chance to pick Benjamin’s brain about the future of mycotecture (mushroom architecture) , the benefits of biological buildings and what inspired this innovative new Hy-Fi tower in Queens. Read on to see what the biotect, innovator and director of the “Living Architecture Lab” at GSAPP has to say. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World’s First Mushroom Tower at PS1 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biotecture , buildings made of mushrooms , David Benjamin , eco design , fungus bricks , fungus tower , green design , inhabitat , inhabitat interview , innovative architecture , living architecture 3:47 ecovative , MoMA PS1 , moma ps1 mushroom building , mushroom brick , mushroom bricks , mushroom buildings , mushroom tower , mycelium , mycelium bricks , mycotecture , PS1 , sustainable design , the living

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July 11, 2014 by  
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You may have heard the riddle about mushrooms being the only rooms with no walls, but David Benjamin is flipping the script on the old joke with some incredible mycotecture built from mushroom bricks! The architect and his firm, The Living , are pushing the boundaries of design by experimenting with biotecture, blurring the lines between biology and built environments. Their latest efforts have culminated in the world’s first tower made from fungus , which debuted at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York last week. We recently had the chance to pick Benjamin’s brain about the future of mycotecture (mushroom architecture) , the benefits of biological buildings and what inspired this innovative new Hy-Fi tower in Queens. Read on to see what the biotect, innovator and director of the “Living Architecture Lab” at GSAPP has to say. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World’s First Mushroom Tower at PS1 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biotecture , buildings made of mushrooms , David Benjamin , eco design , fungus bricks , fungus tower , green design , inhabitat , inhabitat interview , innovative architecture , living architecture 3:47 ecovative , MoMA PS1 , moma ps1 mushroom building , mushroom brick , mushroom bricks , mushroom buildings , mushroom tower , mycelium , mycelium bricks , mycotecture , PS1 , sustainable design , the living

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HWKN’s Massive Spiky “Wendy” Pavilion Coming to MoMA PS1 This Summer!

February 16, 2012 by  
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Every summer New York’s MoMA PS1 gallery blossoms with an amazing new pavilion by an up-and-coming architecture studio, and the museum just announced that the winner of this year’s Young Architects Program is HWKN’s stellar star-shaped “Wendy” pavilion ! The brilliant blue building bristles with an array of crystalline points that purify the air while spraying water and blasts of wind, ensuring that the PS1′s courtyard will be the cool place to be once the sweltering summer sun hits its stride. Read on for a closer look! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , carbon emissions , Design , green design , HollwichKushner , hwkn , Long Island City , moma , MoMA PS1 , music , NYC , summer , sustainable design , temporary installations , urban art , Warm Up , Wendy , young architects program

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