How to Build at Farm at a Museum: WORKac’s P.F.1 at PS1

Before MoMA PS1′s courtyard held Andrés Jaque’s COSMO, it played host to P.F.1 (Public Farm One) by WORKac. The New York-based firm won the prestigious Young Architects Program in 2008 with an urban farm concept that evokes the look of a flying carpet in the midst of landing. Constructed from large cardboard tubes, its top surface became a working farm, blooming with a variety of vegetables and plants. Acting as an interactive bridge between outside and inside, P.F.1 created multiple zones of activity, including swings, fans, sound effects, seating areas, and a pool at its center. At the end of the summer, its inexpensive components were broken down and fully recycled. Both Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation and WORKac will be participating in the Chicago Architecture Biennial this October. 


California chef Alice Waters established her first Edible Schoolyard in 1995 so that Berkeley children could cook and eat vegetables cultivated in gardening classes. Now New York’s first Edible Schoolyard has taken root, supplementing ½ acre of asphalt at Public School 216 Arturo Toscanini in Brooklyn.

Firm: WorkAC. Project: Edible Schoolyard. Location: Brooklyn, New York. Photography by Iwan Baan.


“What is this? A center for dolphins?!”

Indeed, it is an embassy for dolphins! The Dolphin Embassy was conceived by Ant Farm, a collective established within the counter-cultural milieu of 1968 San Francisco that dealt with the intersection of architecture, design and media art. Their work, which included agitprop events, manifestos, videos, performances and installations, revealed the relationships between environmental degradation and mass industry, questioned the role of mass media and consumerism, and demonstrated the use of advanced technologies. With the Dolphin Embassy, first proposed in a 1974 issue of Esquire magazine, Ant Farm imagined a mobile laboratory craft to facilitate human-dolphin interaction in the wild. By deploying the awesome power of video technology to create a common language with the dolphins. Though the Dolphin Embassy never came to be, it did get worked up into a full-fledged proposal that received funding from the Rockefeller Foundation and a show at SFMOMA. Two Ant Farm members, Chip Lord and Curtis Schreier, will be collaborating with New York-based architecture firm WorkAC for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial this fall. This October, the Dolphin Embassy may rise again…


Qui habitait dans le projet Continuous Monument de Superstudio ? Quelle était la densité du projet Exodus de Rem Koolhass ? Est-il possible de comparer le projet de Kenzo Tange dans la baie de Tokyo et le projet de la Ville Radieuse de Le Corbusier ?

49 cities est un livre retraçant l'histoire des grands projets utopiques, de la ville romaine au XXe siècle. La collection de données réalisée par les architectes de l'agence WorkAC a permis de mettre en forme les plans, coupes, diagrammes, tableaux et dessins à l'échelle. La dimension comparative entre les différents projets apporte, sans conteste, une valeur ajoutée à l'étude générale. Ce travail de longue haleine est un aperçu remarquable de la manière de concevoir la ville aujourd'hui.

“Tout au long de l'histoire, les architectes et les urbanistes ont rêvé de « mieux ». Des villes plus contrôlables, plus défendables, plus efficaces, plus monumentales, plus organiques, plus grandes, plus denses, moins denses ou plus vertes. Chaque projet exprime une vision singulière et radicalement différent des modes de conceptions usuels. Il incarne non seulement les désirs, mais aussi, et plus souvent, les peurs et les angoisses contemporaines. Avec l'échec de l'expérience des banlieues et la menace de fin de le monde - le réchauffement climatique, les marées noires et l'urbanisation mondiale incontrôlée - les architectes et les urbanistes se retrouvent une fois de plus à la croisée des chemins, fertile pour pensée visionnaire. (…) 49 villes est une invitation à réfléchir sur les villes comme le terrain de la pensée radicale et de l'expérimentation. Il ne s'agit plus seulement de «bâtiment écologique» mais d'une somme d'idées, d'échelles, de vision et de sens et d'imagination délirante ayant le but de questionner et réinventer les villes.” Propos d'Amale Andraos et Dan Wood, architectes WorkAC, mai 2009

Acheter le livre : 49 cities, WorkAC, Storefront Books Editions NYC, 135 pages


A brilliant and fun animation of the competition-winning proposal by New York architects WorkAC for the Abramovitch-funded redevelopment of New Holland Island in St Petersburg, Russia. (Film co-produced by Eric Lane and WorkAC)