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Check out 16 years of Warm Up's cool courtyard pavilions

Cutting-edge architecture has always been on the bill at MoMA PS1's yearly Warm Up Saturday series

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Howard Halle
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Summer is starting to put New York on a boil, cooking it into an infernal stew of ghastly smells, air conditioners dripping on sidewalks, sweaty bodies rubbing together on the subway and just plain irritable people in general. But the good news is, MoMA PS1 is once again turning up the temperature with its annual outdoor “Warm Up” series running every Saturday from this weekend through September 5. DJs, dancing and drinks have always been part of the fun, but one of other stars of the show has been the centerpiece courtyard pavilions. Depending on the design, they’ve provided shade, seating and refreshing mists of water to douse the heat for partying crowds, while often pushing the envelope on sustainable building methods. These structures, part of a tradition of architectural “follies” stretching back centuries, are the handiwork of the winners of MoMA PS1’s annual Young Architects Program (YAP), now in its 16th year. In a profession where young usually means middle age, YAP has made it its mission to give emerging designers a head start. The results have often been brilliant, startling and indubitably out there, even if you’ve been too busy waving your hands in the air like you just don’t care to notice. To set the record straight, we’ve decided to give YAP commissions from the past decade and a half center stage. Take a look: They’re definitely cool even if you are feeling hot and sticky right now.

RECOMMENDED: Check out our full guide to MoMA PS1 Warm Up

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1998, Percutaneous Delights by Gelatin
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1999, Untitled by Philip Johnson
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2000, Dunescape by SHoP 
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2001, subWave by ROY 
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2002, Playa Urbana/Urban Beach by William E. Massie 
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2003, Light-Wing by Tom Winscombe of EMERGENT
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2004, Canopy by nArchitects
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2005, SUR by Xefirotarch 
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Photograph: Courtesy Elsa Ruiz/MoMA PS1

2006, BEATFUSE! by OBRA
Photograph: Courtesy Paul Johnson/MoMA PS1

2007, Liquid Sky by Ball-Nogues
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Photograph: Courtesy Seze Devres/MoMA PS1

2008, P.F.1. by WORK Architecture Company
Photograph: Courtesy Florian Holzherr/MoMA PS1

2009, Afterparty by MOS 
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Photograph: Courtesy Wade Zimmerman/MoMA PS1

2010, Pole Dance by Solid Objectives –Idenburg Liu
Photograph: Courtesy Ryan Trecartin/MoMA PS1

2011, Holding Pattern by Interboro Partners 
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2012, Wendy by HWKN 
Photograph: Courtesy Mathew Septimus/MoMA PS1

2013, Party Wall by CODA
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Photograph: Courtesy Kris Graves/MoMA PS1

2014, Hy-Fi by The Living 
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