Every year we eagerly await the announcement of the winning courtyard installation in the MoMA P.S. 1 architecture contest. Archpaper has this year's result: local firm Hollwich Kushner, aka HWKN. (Review the other finalists here.) The firm's installation, "Wendy," will be constructed from scaffolding and "tensioned fabric coated in smog-eating paint." And by smog-eating, they mean the fabric will do the equivalent of removing 260 cars from the road. It will be up at the museum's Long Island City space June 1.
The firm's website has a little more information about just what "Wendy" includes:
Wendy does not play the typical architecture game of ecological apology - instead she is pro-active. . That is why Wendy is composed of nylon fabric treated with a ground breaking titania nanoparticle spray to neutralize airborne pollutants. During the summer of 2012 Wendy will clean the air to an equivalent of taking 260 cars off the road. Wendy’s boundary is defined by tools like shade, wind, rain, music, and visual identity to reach past the confines of physical limits. Wendy crafts an environment - not just a space. Spikey arms reach out with micro-programs like blasts of cool air, music, water canons and mists to create social zones throughout the courtyard. Air cleaning and water canons. We like!
Here's a view of the project from above: