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Architectural Installation Purifies Water Over New Yorkers' Heads

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Architect Andrés Jaque has debuted a new installation in the MoMA PS1 courtyard. Jaque is the 2015 winner of MoMA PS1's annual Young Architects Program, which lets young creators build temporary structures outside the institution. 

Jaque's project is called COSMO, and it aims to change the way people look at and think about infrastructure. Right now, New York City's pipelines are all underground—out of sight and out of mind. The young architect wants us to confront this ignorance by making the way we get power and water more visible. His solution: a beautifully complex water purification system that New Yorkers can interact with. 

The "movable artifact" can filter 3000 gallons of water in a four-day cycle. Dirty water is poured into eight tanks where it mingles with woodland plants to promote denitrification. The water is then pushed through tubes where it is exposed to ultraviolet light and algae. It goes through three waterfalls and more vegetation to further filtering. The resulting water has a balanced pH level, a higher level of dissolved oxygen, and no impurities.

Jaque believes that in the future, architects will create similar works that let people interact with their resources. Instead of hurting the environment, future buildings could work with harmoniously with nature. 

“The divorce between infrastructure and biodiversity has come to an end,” he said. “COSMO is kind of an anticipation of what will be the future of machinery.”

The unique water purifying structure will be on display at PS1 until September 7th, 2015. 

Miguel de Guzmán, Imagen Subliminal

Miguel de Guzmán, Imagen Subliminal

Miguel de Guzmán, Imagen Subliminal

[h/t: DesignBoom.com, Wired.com]

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One Photographer's Quest to Document Every Frank Lloyd Wright Structure in the World
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From California’s Marin County Civic Center to the Yokodo Guest House in Ashiya City, Japan, Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence spans countries and continents. Today, 532 of the architect’s original designs remain worldwide—and one photographer is racking up the miles in an attempt to photograph each and every one of them, according to Architectural Digest.

Andrew Pielage is the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s unofficial photographer. The Phoenix-based shutterbug got his gig after friends introduced him to officials at Taliesin West, the late designer’s onetime winter home and studio that today houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Higher-ups at Taliesin West allowed Pielage to photograph the property in 2011, and they liked his work so much that they commissioned him for other projects. Since then, Pielage has shot around 50 Wright buildings, ranging from Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, to the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles.

Pielage takes vertical panoramas to “get more of Wright in one image,” and he also prefers to work with natural light to emphasize the way the architect integrated his structures to correspond with nature’s rhythms. While Pielage still has over 400 more FLW projects to go until he's done capturing the icon’s breadth of work, you can check out some of his initial shots below.

[h/t Architectural Digest]

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What the Homes of the Future Will Look Like, According to Kids
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Ask a futurist what the house of tomorrow will feature and she might mention automatic appliances and robot assistants. Ask a kid the same question and you’ll get answers that are slightly more creative, but not altogether impractical. That’s what Made.com discovered when they launched Homes of the Future, a project that had kids draw illustrations of futuristic homes that served as the basis for professional 3D renderings.

According to Co.Design, the UK-based furniture retailer recruited children ages 4 to 12 to submit their architectural ideas. The doodles, sketched in pen, marker, and colored pencil, showcase the grade-schoolers' imaginations. Paired with each picture is concept art made with a 3D illustrator that shows what the homes might look like in the real world.

The designs range from colorful and whimsical to coldly realistic. In one blueprint, drawn by Ameen, age 10, a neighborhood of rainbow buildings and flowers float among the clouds. Another sketch by Ellis, age 7, shows a “home built to last” with titanium, bricks, a steel roof, and bulletproof windows. Some kids seemed less concerned with durability than they were with the tastiness of the infrastructure. Cherry-flavored bricks, candy windows, and a giant jelly slide were just some of the features built into the future homes. Sustainability was also a major theme, with solar panels appearing on two of the houses.

Check out the original artwork and the 3D versions of their ideas below.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Made.com.

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