MoMA: Rising Currents

First, Happy Holidays! :)

One month ago, MoMA challenged architects to create creative solution responding to rising water levels and en-dangered eco system problems in NYC water front. Several architects, engineers, and landscape architects were invited and following teams has been selected to complete 8 weeks projects to exhibit and display at MoMA.

Zone 0

Adam Yarinsky, Architecture Research Office (ARO)


David J. Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, Paul Lewis, LTL Architects


Matthew Baird, Matthew Baird Architects


Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang, nARCHITECTS


Kate Orff, SCAPE Studio

poster for "Rising Currents" Workshop Open House

We have open house on January 9th Saturday at MoMA:PS1! all day but mostly 2 – 6. The actual exhibition will be in March in the MoMA main Museum, but this will be time to meet the architects and see the “preview” of the overall project. So come by if you are around! I won’t be there because I have to go back to school early :( , but there will be Sectional models, topos, and some digital stuffs that Dimitry and I helped for Matthew Baird!

So definitely come by if you are around,

I attached the followineg article which has more info! :)

and following link has a good explanation of each zones and architects responds


Best, Joy

MoMA/P.S.1 Announce Design Challenge for “Rising Currents”


By Alanna Malone

Though experts dispute the role of human responsibility verse natural cycle, evidence is mounting that the global climate is heating up. One obvious result is higher water levels; with 10 of the world’s largest 15 cities located on the coast, the effects could be disastrous and the design community is taking notice. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center recently announced that they are collaborating on a design initiative to explore infrastructure solutions to higher sea levels.

Palisade Bay Team: Guy Nordenson and Associates, Catherine Seavitt Studio, Architecture Research Office
Aerial view of Palisades Bay//

Four multidisciplinary teams have been selected for an eight-week workshop culminating in an exhibition titled “Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront.” Each team is led by a young architect/firm, with four additional members including engineers, landscape designers, artists, environmentalists, and urban planners. The four teams will tackle issues of storm surge and flooding in specific areas around the New York City metro area. Candidates were initially nominated by deans, practitioners, journalists, and other multidisciplinary professionals, and then asked to submit proposals to a jury of MoMA and P.S.1 curators and invited guests. The integrated jury announced the winners on November 2.

Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David Lewis—who all founded Manhattan-based LTL Architects—are the team leaders responsible for the Northwest Palisade Bay/Hudson River area in New Jersey including Liberty Park, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and surrounding water.

Matthew Baird, principle of his own Soho-based firm, is the leader for the second zone encompassing the Southwest Palisade Bay/Kill van Kull sector with the Bayonne Piers and northern Staten Island.

Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang, founders of Brooklyn-based nARCHITECTS, will lead their team in the South Palisade Bay/Verrazano Narrows region of eastern Staten Island.

Manhattan-based SCAPE Studio’s team, led by Kate Orff, is working in the final zone of the Northeast Palisade Bay/Buttermilk Channel and Gowanus Canal, just southeast of Manhattan.

The project was inspired by a study conducted by the Latrobe Team, a multidisciplinary Princeton University-affiliated group led by Professor Guy Nordenson, a structural engineer. The two-year study, On the Water: Palisades Bay, explores the New York/New Jersey Upper Bay region’s need for “soft,” flexible ecological solutions to reduce water damage from flooding and storm surge, rather than “hard” systems such as concrete dams. The Latrobe team’s conclusions were released in April 2009, and a forthcoming book by Nordenson is based on the research.

The team’s master plan creatively addresses higher water levels by connecting infrastructure, landscape, and water. Ideas include: artificial wetlands; barriers from leftover building materials; an archipelago of man-made islands; old subway cars as reefs; tidal and wind turbines; a network of piers, wetlands, and oyster beds to control storm surge; and even a water-based transportation system similar to that of Venice, Italy.

Inspired by these proposals, the four “Rising Currents” teams will work in studio space at P.S.1 to produce drawings and digital/physical models for adaptive infrastructure on the four coastal zones with potential rising water levels. In late March, the proposed projects will appear in MoMA’s galleries in Manhattan. The Latrobe team’s work will be on display to provide context, including the soft infrastructure solutions for Lower Manhattan (listed above) from Adam Yarinsky, principal at Architecture Research Office (ARO), who worked on the Palisade Bay research study with Nordenson.

Barry Bergdoll’s, the chief curator of MoMA’s architecture and design department, says the “glocal” approach is an “interdisciplinary way to solve problems that are both local in application and global in implication.” Though the initiative is completely independent of the city, Bergdoll says, “it is anchored in realities with propositions that can’t be ignored.”

The project is the sixth installment in P.S.1’s new Free Space program, which allows the art community to use gallery space in exchange for an exhibit or performance. Klaus Biesenbach, P.S.1’s incoming director, says he wants to reinvent the center as a “school for grown-ups.” With the marriage of workshop and exhibition space, Biesenbach foresees a programmatic expansion of P.S.1 as an “integral part of MoMA,” (which have been affiliated since 2000), especially through the Rising Currents project.


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