Each year, MoMA renews its commitment to experimental architecture and architectural display with a full-scale installation of a project chosen from a competition among virtually untried architects. In the galleries of the Museum, architecture collection masterworks and temporary exhibitions of computer- and hand-drawn architectural renderings, models, photographs, and films are regularly shown. But each year the outdoor spaces of MoMA PS1 provide a unique temporary outdoor gallery where emerging talents can turn projects and drawings into spaces and palpable experiences. For the summer months each year since 1999, a temporary architectural installation can be viewed during the week as an ephemeral addition to the artwork on display throughout the galleries of MoMA PS1—and every Saturday the installation serves as the frame for the Warm Up music and performance program, a curated series of events and parties. Thus architecture as full-scale, functioning environment enters the museum in a way that is provocative, lively, and even fun!
In the 12 years since it was launched as a collaboration between MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Deisgn and MoMA PS1, the Young Architects Program (YAP) has been a crucible for emerging talent in American architecture. Many of today’s key figures in the discourse and practice of ambitious architecture can be counted among those who had an early, hands-on experience of building their ideas in the courtyard of MoMA PS1. Now, with the program linked with MAXXI, the new museum of 21st-century art in Rome, and (as of this winter) with the Young Architects Program in Santiago, Chile, YAP is developing an international network of competitions and installations dedicated to fostering opportunities for architecture that is locally engendered, but that deserves an international stage. We are especially proud that MoMA and MAXXI, two of a small roster of modern art museums around the world with permanent departments of architecture, have joined to form Young Architects Program International. We are equally proud that between Italy, Chile, and the U.S., the program enters its second decade representing three continents. So the YAP International website brings together an array of talent from an international network that responds to local conditions and to local talents; the YAP International aims to be “glocal”—locally shaped but globally resonant.
In addition to highlighting our partnerships, the Young Architects Program International website features an archive of past projects at MoMA PS1, a vast array of images of each winning project, renderings from finalists, and interviews with many of the architects who have participated in the program.
Special thanks to Whitney May, Colin Hartness, David Hart, and Sara Dayton at MoMA for their hard work pulling the site together. Thanks also to Alexandra Kaspar at the MAXXI and Jeannette Plaut of CONSTRUCTO for their invaluable contributions to the website.