Socrates Sculpture Park last weekend: the current Civic Action installations include (a) the “Shoreline Walk” prototype built by the artist George Trakas and his team to show how a tiered boardwalk might give residents access to the East River waterfront, (b) Mary Miss’s installation Sunswick Creek: Reflecting Forward, a self-guided tour of Long Island City’s forgotten history of an important water body, and © family-oriented events like a t-shirt making contest and fundraiser concert for the Queens Public Library. 


Photos from the first MoMA PS1 Warm Up party on July 7, featuring Wendy by HWKN, the current Young Architects Program (YAP) installation in the PS1 courtyard. Among the DJ lineup that day was Nguzunguzu, also pictured. 

Wendy, which opened to the public at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City on July 1, 2012, is an experiment that tests how far the boundaries of architecture can expand to create ecological and social effect. Wendy is composed of fabric treated with a ground breaking titania nanofilm 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. Spiky fabric arms shoot out blasts of cool air, music, and water (via cannons and mists) to create social zones throughout the courtyard.

“Wendy is the perfect synergy of architectural aesthetics, systems efficiency and structural creativity,” Hauke Jungjohann, director at Knippers Helbig, Wendy’s structural engineering consultant, commented. “The magic of Wendy lies in the usage of something simple like a scaffolding system and reinventing its usage so that something new appears that has never been seen before.”