Gallery: PUBLIC FARM 1: Interactive Urban Gardening at PS1 Gallery


This summer PS1 Contemporary Art Center, an arm of MOMA, celebrates the 10th year of Warm Up, its annual summer music series, in New York. This year folks who go to catch the DJs and live music will have the opportunity to also visit a farmers market, dip their feet in a cool pool, and generally chill in the shade of Public Farm 1, by Work Architecture Company. It’s a series of recyclable cardboard tubes that grows rainwater-irrigated veggies while providing solar-powered cell-phone charging and community playspace. Whew!

Among the interactive components of PF1 are swings, cubby hole seats, a periscope, and columns that provide different tactile and acoustic experiences– like being fuzzy or sounding like nighttime. It’s farm as playground. Farm as chill space. Farm as music concert companion. Farm as Fun. It’s a concept as vital to sustainability as the term “organic.” Plus that wading pool looks really nice for a hot day.

Work AC recently won the 2008 Young Architects award, but readily acknowledges that PF1 came to fruition with the help of a number of groups. The Queens County Farm Museum and the Horticultural Society of New York gave the plants greenhouse space and assisted with other aspects of the project. The watering system and weekly farmers’ market were created with the help of the Council on the Environment of New York. And of course, the PS1 public turned out en masse to provide a festive atmosphere.

+ Work Architecture Company
+ PS1 Warm Up

Via Arch Daily

Top Photo © Elizabeth Felicella


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  1. Hambrose August 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    An awesome review of this event can be found here!

  2. vsamra3 July 23, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    We also have a video about the PF1 (Pubic Farm One) installation, with interviews with WORKac, here:

  3. vsamra3 July 23, 2008 at 3:18 pm
  4. katecontinued July 22, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    I’m with Anna. I have been anticipating the real photographs now that the space was built. In particular, I have wanted to see how fully blooming plants look compared to the renderings. I anxiously look forward to some photographs.

  5. buffaloe July 22, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    It appears there are photos here:

  6. Gustavion July 22, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    This is an interesting article. Thank you for posting it.

    In general, I think it is important for individuals to take more responsibility of our earth.

  7. anna July 22, 2008 at 11:31 am

    whats with the lack of photos? we’ve seen the renderings i’d like to see some shots of the space below and this great wading pool!

  8. Architect July 22, 2008 at 4:18 am

    I wasn’t sure about the recycled tubbing planters initially but seeing them from the side I think it works really well. Great design.

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