This interactive woven canopy at MoMA PS1 changes colors as the sun sets

June 30, 2017 by  
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New Yorkers looking for a place to cool off during the summer will do well to duck into Long Island City’s MoMA PS1 – and it’s not just because the museum’s galleries are air-conditioned. A new interactive installation there, called Lumen , is an experience well-worth the trip. Lumen feels like a bright underwater landscape with 250 jellyfish-like tubular structures that interact with light, heat and movement. As the sun sets, colorful solar-powered lights come on, transforming the entire courtyard with an otherworldly vibe. Designed by Jenny Sabin Studio and debuting to the public June 29, Lumen is the winner of The Museum of Modern Arts and MoMA PS1’s 18th edition of the Young Architects Program and will serve as the setting for the 20th season of the Warm Up outdoor concert series this summer. The project integrates various disciplines, including biology, materials science, mathematics, engineering and design, to produce an artistic micro-climate that is both environmentally responsive and beautiful. The canopy is made of over 1,000,000 yards of digitally knitted and robotically woven fiber. During the day, the sun shines through the gaps in the canopy’s fabric to create murals of light and shadows against the concrete walls.Because the design requirements called for shade, water and seating, a responsive water system was incorporated into the hanging fabric tubes. Called stalactites, the tubes spray a fine mist when bodies draw near. In addition, 100 recycled spool stools (also robotically woven) provide a place to rest tired feet after a day roaming through the galleries, meeting another criteria that designs incorporate sustainability and recycling in its elements. The recycled fabric absorbs solar power over the course of the day and then emits it at night. Related: MoMA PS1 unveils futuristic solar canopy that reacts to heat, sunlight, and movement Lumen appeals to the senses; the soft white fabric is juxtaposed against the hard wooden seats and floors engraved with white geometric patterns. The installation invites visitors to play among the hanging fabric as water hits their skin. Lumen exudes both weightlessness and levity as the canopy sways in the breeze during the day and then almost an eeriness when it morphs into a photoluminescent wonderland. Once the Warm Up music series kicks off July 1, custom lighting incorporated into the installation’s design will complement the shows to provide both a visual and aural experience. All of which should make for one vibrant summer. Lumen will be on view at MoMA PS1’s courtyard from June 29 though August 27. + Jenny Sabin Studio All images by Dorkys Ramos for Inhabitat

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World’s First Tower Made from Mushrooms Takes Root at MoMA PS1 in New York

June 26, 2014 by  
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Mushrooms aren’t just for eating anymore. Biotect David Benjamin and his firm, The Living, recently completed their latest project – the world’s first tower made of fungus bricks – at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York. The shroomy, biodegradable building will be unveiled later tonight at a press preview, but you can sneak a peek by checking out our gallery here . MORE PHOTOS > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3m , Architecture , biobrick , David Benjamin , design competitions , ecovative , Hy Fi , living building materials , living buildings , moma , MoMA PS1 , MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program Winner , museum of modern art , mushroom bricks , mushroom building , mushroom towers , organic bricks , organic building , organic building materials , organic buildings , PS1 , ps1 warmup , queens , the living , young architects program

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The UpStanding Desk Transforms Your Regular Desk into a Standing One for Less Than $200

June 26, 2014 by  
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Standing desks are an ideal way to combat the health implications of sitting all day , but many people are turned off by the cost of buying one. That’s where The Upstanding Desk comes in, an affordable add-on that converts any regular desk into a workstation you can use while standing. Designed by Brooklyn-based designers Mikey Chen and Sam Carmichael , the desk costs less than $200, and there is even the option of buying the plans and making it yourself – assuming you have the necessary DIY skills. Read the rest of The UpStanding Desk Transforms Your Regular Desk into a Standing One for Less Than $200 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adjustable standing desk , Canadian plywood , flat-pack standing desk , Mikey Chen , Sam Carmichael , standing desk add-on , The Upstanding Desk

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Made in Forest Hills: Bow Ties Recycled From Trash, Inspired by MoMA

January 22, 2012 by  
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If you’re trying to amp up your wardrobe with a unique flair, we might have just the thing.  Made in Forest Hills, founded by recycling connoisseur Nicholas Ruiz, is a collection of some of the most interesting bow ties we’ve ever seen! This  “Bow Tie Collection,” is a series of 11 ties inspired by different exhibits at MoMA over the course of 2011 and made from things that might otherwise be trash.   Click ahead to check out more of the awesome designs and their inspiration! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-fashion , eco-friendly bow ties , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , Made in Forest Hills , museum of modern art , new york city , New York. , Nicholas Ruiz , recycled accessories , recycled fashion , sustainable bow ties , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , upcycled accessories , upcycled fashion

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Jean Nouvel’s Massive MoMA ‘Death Spire’ Plan Back on Track

August 6, 2011 by  
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Plans for  Jean Nouvel ’s Death Spire (Torre Verre) atop the  Museum of Modern Art were thought to have met their demise in 2009, but lo and behold the spire will rise again! Development giant  Hines has taken the project into their own hands and will head the efforts to get Nouvel’s structure built. Hines managed to re-file the plans in accordance with the Commission’s standards and now the structure does not require public approval. Granted the design has been cut down about 200 feet — formerly 1,250 feet to now 1,050 — you should still expect to see the new Nouvel make its mark on NYC’s skyline in the near future. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amanda Burden , Chrysler Building , City Planning Commission , Coalition for Responsible Midtown Development , Death Spire , empire state building , Hines Development , jean nouvel , midtown , Midtown development , museum of modern art , New York Skyline , Torre Verre

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MoMA’s ‘Small Scale, Big Change’ Exhibit Opens Sunday in NYC

September 29, 2010 by  
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Red Location Museum Of Struggle, Pt.

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