Hurricane Sandy has entered the collective psyche of Americans; no wonder some GSD students chose to take part in an unconventional experiment at MoMA PS1 this summer, aimed at generating bold solutions to our pressing environmental problems. Brennan Baxley (MLA), Stefan DiLeo (MAUD), Yoonjee Koh (MArch), Yina Ng (MArch) and Patricia Semmler (MArch) joined peers from Cornell for a 2-week residency, living and working in a temporary installation at the museum.
The installation, called the Colony, was designed as a prompt to contemplate alternative models of housing and public space. It was part of an event called Expo 1: New York that lasted from May through September, during which the museum was given over to exhibits and events to draw attention to urgent environmental and socio-political issues.
During their stay the students devised plans to protect the vulnerable Rockaways in N.Y. Their schemes were reviewed by visiting design critics and exhibited at the museum in August.
Read about the students’ experiences in “The Colonists” in Architectural Record. Learn more about Expo 1 and “Architecture Workshop: the Rockaways.”
Photos courtesy of Stefan Dileo