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NYC| Jenny Sabin wins 2017 YAP – Young Architects Program – by MoMA

By RICCARDO BIANCHINI - February 20, 2017

The project Lumen by Jenny Sabin Studio has been named the winning design of the 2017 edition of YAP – Young Architects Program.

Sabine –  American architect and academic based in Ithaca, NY – is renowned for her experimental works inspired by biology and complex cellular networks, as well as for her research on innovative materials – including digitally-manufactured textiles, ceramics, and nano-technology based structures.

Lumen, which will act as a temporary background for the events on program at the MoMA PS1 venue in New York during summer 2017, is composed of “tubular structures in a lightweight knitted fabric, (which) features a canopy of recycled, photo-luminescent, and solar active textiles that absorb, collect, and deliver light. A misting system responds to visitors’ proximity, activating fabric stalactites that produce a refreshing micro-climate”.

Cover image; Lumen by Jenny Sabin Studio, courtesy of MoMA PS1

Jenny Sabin Lumen winning design YAP Young Architect Program New York 2017 3

Jenny Sabin Lumen winning design YAP Young Architect Program New York 2017 2

Views of Lumen by Jenny Sabin Studio, courtesy of MoMA PS1

At a first sight, the winning design recalls and evolves other projects developed by Jenny Sabin in recent years, such as PolyThread (2017), myThread Pavilion (2012), and Branching Morphogenesis (2008).

Overall, Sabin’s work often shows a thorough integration between science, design, visual arts, and architecture, which she also carries out through an academic career at the Cornell University and as collaboration with major brands and institutions, such as Nike, the National Science Foundation, and Frac.

Jenny Sabin myThread Pavilion

myThread Pavilion (2012); image courtesy of Jenny Sabin Studio

Jenny Sabin PolyThread

PolyThread (2017); photo courtesy of Jenny Sabin Studio

Jenny Sabin Polybrick wall

Polybrick wall; photo courtesy of Jenny Sabin Studio

Jenny Sabin Branching Morphogenesis

Branching Morphogenesis (2008); photo courtesy of Jenny Sabin Studio

Jenny Sabin Polymorph Swath

Polymorph Swath; photo courtesy of Jenny Sabin Studio


The other finalists of this year’s edition of YAP were Bureau Spectacular (Jimenez Lai and Joanna Grant), Ania Jaworska, Office of III (Sean Canty, Ryan Golenberg and Stephanie Lin), and SCHAUM/SHIEH (Rosalyne Shieh and Troy Schaum).

SCHAUM SHIEH Blow Up the Wall YAP 2017

Blow Up the Wall! by SCHAUM/SHIEH

We Are All Here, Now by Ania Jaworska YAP 2017

We Are All Here, Now by Ania Jaworska

Event Horizon by Office of III YAP 2017

Event Horizon by Office of III

Pool Party by Bureau Spectacular YAP 2017

Pool Party by Bureau Spectacular

More info at https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/3667

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