Young Architects Program 2016

Weaving the Courtyard, Escobedo Soliz Studio’s winning design for The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s 2016 Young Architects Program (YAP), is now on view in the MoMA PS1 courtyard. The architects, Lazbent Pavel Escobedo and Andrés Soliz, describe this year’s construction as “neither an object nor a sculpture standing in the courtyard, but a series of simple, powerful actions that generate new and different atmospheres.” Weaving the Courtyard is a site-specific architectural intervention using the courtyard’s concrete walls to generate both sky and landscape, with embankments in which platforms of soil and water suggest the appearance of a unique topography. Founded in 2011, Escobedo Soliz Studio is based in Mexico City. The structure will remain on view through August 21.

Now in its 17th edition, the Young Architects Program at MoMA and MoMA PS1 has been committed to offering emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present innovative projects, challenging each year’s winners to develop creative designs for a temporary, outdoor installation at MoMA PS1 that provides shade, seating, and water. The architects must also work within guidelines that address environmental issues, including sustainability and recycling. Escobedo Soliz Studio, drawn from among five finalists throughout the United States and Mexico, has designed a temporary urban landscape for the 2016 Warm Up summer music series in MoMA PS1’s outdoor courtyard.

Through explorations in materials and construction techniques, demographic research, and integration from the community in the design process, Escobedo Soliz Studio designs projects that aim at a deep sense of site-specificity. They describe their theoretical framework as one in which architecture is not only registered as a product but also as a catalyst to improve a given territory. As a result, restrictions become opportunities and preexisting conditions of site, climate, and locality encourage new and practical solutions.