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Cosmo, winner of MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program.
Andrés Jaque.

Spanish architect Andrés Jaque has won this year's MoMA PS1Young Architects Program contest, with plans to turn the courtyard of the New York gallery into a water filtration plant.

Named Cosmo, the structure will comprise a huge pipe network, engineered to filter and purify 3,000 gallons of water every four days. The purifying cycle will involve eliminating suspended particles and nitrates, balancing the PH, and increasing the level of dissolved oxygen. When each cycle is complete, the structure will light up in celebration.

According to Jaque, the project will highlight a statistic put forward by the United Nations – that by 2025 approximately two thirds of the global population will live in countries that lack sufficient water. His "moveable artefact" has also been designed to be easily reproduced, potentially giving people all around the world access to clean drinking water.

Where will the water come from if I am to install urban farms? London's climate provides adequate rainfall but perhaps storage of rainwater should be taken into consideration? A large part of the sustainability comes from the provision of water and energy so this needs to be looked at. 


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