MoMA: the rising current
mar 26, 2010
MoMA: the rising current

‘rising currents: projects for new york’s waterfront’
in this MoMA show, a model by architecture research office marries a whol new landscape to lower manhattan’s streets.

‘rising currents: projects for a new york’s waterfront’ is a exhibition
organized by MoMA,
the museum of modern art and P.S.1
contemporary art center

to address one of the most urgent challenges facing new york city:
rising sea-level resulting
from global climate change.

though the national debate on infrastructure is currently focused on
“shovel-ready” projects
that will stimulate the economy, there is now an important opportunity
to foster new research
and fresh thinking about the use of new york city’s harbor and

the rising currents project zone map. each of the interdisciplinary architectural teams were assigned
a different zone as their design challenge.
image courtesy of palisade bay team, architecture research office

aerial view of palisade bay.
image courtesy palisade bay team: guy nordenson
and associates, catherine seavitt studio, architecture research office

an architects-in-residence program at P.S.1 contemporary art center brings together five
interdisciplinary teams to re-envision the coastlines of new york and new jersey around
new york harbor and to imagine new ways to occupy the harbor itself with adaptive
“soft” infrastructures that are sympathetic to the needs of a sound ecology. the list of teams
leaders for each respective zone includes:

zone 0: stephen cassell, adam yarinsky, architecture research office
zone 1: paul lewis, marc tsurumaki, and david j. lewis of LTL architects
zone 2: matthew baird of matthew baird architects
zone 3: eric bunge and mimi hoang of nArchitects
zone 4: kate orff of SCAPE Studio

behind the scenes of ‘the rising current’

a proposal by nArchitects shows a series of artificial islands on which
residential housing is suspended.

image © nArchitects

the installations presenting the proposals developed during the architects-in-residence
program, include a wide array of models, drawings, and analytical materials. the exhibition
is taking place at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and can be visited till october 11.

ARO team’s installation of wall materials and models
inside P.S.1 gallery

comments policy
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library