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Beneath the streets of New York City lies a maze of pipes through which some two billions gallons of water flow each day. Few people ever see this, and like so much of the infrastructure that powers our cities and lives, it escapes the notice and understanding of those who rely upon it.
Andres Jaque thinks that’s going to change. The Spanish architect believes infrastructure should and will be a highly visible aspect of our lives, and that we ought to engage with the systems that produce our water and electricity—or at least know how they work. Put another way, Jaque sees infrastructure as the future of architecture.
Last week, Jaque debuted COSMO, a temporary Rube Goldbergesque pavilion erected in the MoMA PS1 courtyard for its annual Young Architects Program. Every year, the museum gives one emerging architect the opportunity to build an experimental structure. Last year we saw David Benjamin’s The Living, built a tower made of mycelium (mushroom) bricks. Jaque’s COSMO is similarly inspired by biology.[…]