“For us it’s an opportunity to create an exciting structure,” Ms. Andraos said of the project, “but also to talk about issues and ideas — to be engaged with the world.”
I have always loved heading over to Long Island City, whether it's to check out the Phun Factory, head to Socrates Sculpture Park, or see what's cooking at P.S. 1. I ca't get enough of the wackiness of the converted public school building: whether it's a room with a gigantic plastic T-rex balloon, or a video showing of Bjork videos, or a three-story spiral slide, I eat it up.
Today, I was reading the New York Times online, and I saw that this summer, PS 1 has outdone itself. From the article:
The proposal by Dan Wood and Amale Andraos, the husband-and-wife duo behind Work Architecture, was clearly a departure from previous design proposals to transform the courtyard of the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, Queens for a summer. But the urban farm concept — including an abundance of fresh produce and a genuine harvesting plan — was apparently just too darn offbeat to pass up.
That's right, an urban farm as a motif for the winning proposal for the Young Architects Program, which selects a theme and design for the summer dance and dj summer sessions on Saturdays throughout the summer.
The design calls for all sorts of funky, weird, and fresh components.
There will be two sound columns — one that plays farm sounds when you sit down, another in which you can look upward, see stars and hear crickets. There is a phone-charging column, a children’s grotto of columns with swings, an herb-growing column with circulating fans dispersing scents like basil or lavender, and a juicer column where fresh juice will be made and sold.
Check out the farm in the city at P.S. 1 in Long Island City, coming this summer. I hope to see you there.