MoMA/PS1 Calls for New Models for the Rockaways


MoMA PS1 and MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design have put out a call for artists, architects, and designers to submit their ideas for the rehabilitation of Rockaway Beach. The initiative, titled EXPO 1: NEW YORK–Rockaway Call for Ideas, is not the MoMA’s first effort to help restore storm-battered communities—the museum held a benefit at Art Basel Miami Beach last December to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief.

Beyond rebuilding the boardwalk, applicants are invited to present new ideas on alternative housing models, new social spaces and uses of public space, protecting the shoreline, and engaging local communities. Submissions of short videos of less than three minutes must be turned in online by March 15.

Entries will be reviewed by a jury that includes distinguished curators Barry Bergdoll, Klaus Biesenbach, Peter Eleey, Pedro Gadanho, Niklas Maak and Hans Ulrich Obrist. Although there are no prizes, 25 selected proposals will be displayed through social media and on-site at the VW Dome 2, MoMA’s temporary community meeting place and cultural center, in Rockaway Beach during April of this year.

Photo: Matthew Akers, film still.