Preparation begins for MoMa PS1's new air-scrubbing nylon star

by Francesca Giuliani


The nylon air-cleansing concept that won MoMa PS1‘s 2012 Young Architects Program, Wendy is now set to grace the Long Island City museum’s courtyard during the forthcoming summer months. Designed by New York-based architecture firm HWKN, the project aims to test the potential of architecture for ecological and social impact. Treated with a innovative titania nanoparticle spray to neutralize airborne pollutants, during its time at MoMA PS1 Wendy is projected to eat a quantity of smog equivalent to removing 260 cars from the road.


The website features a video preview of the final installation, demonstrating Wendy’s ability to interact with its surroundings through blasts of cool air, mist, water cannons and music.

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HWKN is seeking a host of volunteers to help bring the sustainable structure to life. For those wishing to contribute to Wendy’s assembly between 15 May and 26 June 2012, a volunteer application is available on the website (non-architects are welcome).

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Wendy’s website also offers the opportunity to buy t-shirts and totes created by designers 2×4, Bruce Mau Design and Pentagram. Coated in the same titania nanoparticles as Wendy, the shirts and bags will expand the nylon star’s air-scrubbing action beyond PS1’s courtyard.