Feb. 5, 2015 By Christian Murray
The winner of the 2015 Young Architects Program, whose work will be on display during the MoMA PS 1 Warm Up Summer Music Series, has been awarded to a Spanish architect who has created a temporary urban landscape.
Andres Jaque, who won the award with his piece called COSMO, created a moveable artifact, made out of customized irrigation components, to make visible a hidden urbanism of pipes people live next to, according to a MoMA PS1 statement.
The competition has strict guidelines which include addressing environmental issues, such as sustainability and recycling.
“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,” according to a MoMA PS1 statement.“ 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.”
Andrés Jaque, according to MoMA PS1, addresses 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 a dialogue about it. But above all, COSMO will be a party-artifact moving in whatever direction the party happens to take it,” according to MoMA PS 1.