PS1: And Now for Something Completely Different…

[image via the NYT]
Under the pavement…the farm? By Turning a situationist slogan on its head, the dynamic duo of Work Architecture Company have won this year’s PS1 Young Architects Program with a design for an urban farm. (Is it just me or are “urban farms” making a big comeback this year?) Work – made up of Dan Wood, previously of AMO, and his wife Amale Andraos – won over the competition jury with their presentation, proving that a little showmanship can go a long way. “The two of them looked like stock actors from the background of a Mozart troupe where they needed some rustic peasants,” said Barry Bergdoll, chief curator of arch. + design at MoMa.

Theatrics aside, the design stands on its own just fine. Built from a series of large cardboard tubes bolted together, their Urban Farm will undulate throughout the courtyard, creating several smaller spaces for more specific functions. While some tubes will be open-ended, others will contain various edible plantings – ideally designed to provide ingredients for cocktails and the brewing of beer. What better program for a space designated for drinking and dancing?

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From the Architect’s webite:

Leaving behind the Urban Beach, our project becomes the ‘Urban Farm’ – a magical plot of rural delights inserted within the city grid that resonates with our generations’ preoccupations and hopes for a better and different future. In our post-industrial age of information, customization and individual expression, the most exciting and promising developments are no longer those of mass production but of local interventions. As cities have finally proven their superiority to their suburban counterparts – in everything from quality of life to environmental impact – they should again become our much needed laboratories of experimentation: opening our minds and senses towards better living with each other and the world.

· Betting a Farm Would Work in Queens [New York Times]
· Work Architecture Company
· PS12005: Invasion! [Life Without Buildings]

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Jimmy Stamp

Jimmy Stamp is a freelance writer, researcher, and recovering architect. He has contributed to The Guardian, Wired, Smithsonian, The Journal of Architectural Education, and many other websites and publications. His first book Pedagogy and Place: 100 Years of Architecture Education at Yale comes out in spring 2016. If you're looking for writer with a penchant for Piranesi and pop culture, or if you just want to say hi, you can find him on twitter @LifeSansBldgs or instagram or email him at

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