The least sexy, but perhaps most powerful, way to describe architects is as hyper-managerial-yet-visual. They can coordinate information and ideas from other fields, from economics to psychology and the social sciences, all to great effect when they bring their own unique visual and spatial intelligence to the table. That’s what I see in Andrés Jaques’ COSMO, 2015 winner of the coveted MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program. The Program asks up-and-coming architects to design a structure that hosts their summer music series at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City.
Full disclosure: I’m a former student of Jaques (pronounced hack-ay) from my time at Columbia’s architecture program. While COSMO is by no means the first architectural project to focus on connecting the public to water infrastructure, or to tackle water scarcity in general, Jaque has produced a truly weird and kaleidoscopic concept. More than just a synthesis of engineering, biology, and chemistry, COSMO gives water infrastructure a unprecedented visual identity and user experience. Combined with an app that lets you monitor its water filtration from anywhere in the world, this is a structure (and an idea) that can go viral. Can’t wait to walk under, around, and within its unfamiliar ecologies.
Top Image: COSMO: Give me a pipe and I will move/celebrate the Earth, Courtesy Office for Political Innovation