What Happens to a Design Deferred? Interboro and Th–ey

Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, and Georgeen Theodore, Interboro Partners

live interview for MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program’s oral history project by Christopher Barley and Troy Therrien, Th–ey
By embracing delay and impermanence, Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, and Georgeen Theodore of Brooklyn-based Interboro Partners have transformed empty or slated-for-redevelopment spaces into lively public ones. For Holding Pattern, their winning entry to the 2011 Young Architects Program (YAP) at MoMA/PS1 in Long Island City, Queens, the firm surveyed different neighborhood stakeholders — students and teachers at a local ballet school, taxi drivers, residents of a nearby NORC, or, Naturally Occurring Retirement Community — about what objects their organization needed but did not have. Interboro responded to these needs by creating a collection of objects arranged under a rope canopy in the museum courtyard: benches, mirrors, ping-pong tables, and more. After Holding Pattern closes on 9/26, these objects will be taken off hold and distributed throughout the neighborhood.
Part-lecture, part-live interview, designers and YAP 10th Anniversary Review curators Th–ey will situate Holding Pattern within the program’s lineage of architectural experimentation, as well as its accompanying Warm Up summer series.
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