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CODA’s ‘Party Wall’ Debuts at MoMA PS1

Party over here! And by “here,” we mean the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1, where CODA has erected “Party Wall,” a flexible pavilion that will provide shade, seating, water, and conversational fodder to crowds attending performances and other summer happenings at the Long Island City art space. The Ithaca-based experimental design and research studio, established in 2008 by Caroline O’Donnell, bested four other finalists—Leong Architects, Moorhead & Moorhead, TempAgency, and French 2D—to win this year’s Young Architects Program in New York (there are also YAP competitions in Chile, Istanbul, and at MAXXI in Rome).

Even before you can discern that the towering steel-framed structure is clad in a wooden macrame of interlocking “bones” and “blanks” donated by Comet Skateboards (eco-friendly, bien sûr!), you squint at the porous facade and ask, “Wait, does that spell something? What does it say?” Exactly, party people! “In fact, it does not say anything in itself,” say the designers, “it says something only in relation to the ground and the sun, and even then, says little, except what it would like to be: a wall.”

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