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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