Urban Farm at PS1 Contemporary Arts Center

Working with Dan Wood and Amale Andraos at Work Architecture Company, winners of this year’s MOMA PS1 Young Architects award, Gaia Technologies founder Dr. Paul Mankiewicz participated in the creation of Public Farm 1 (PF 1). This productive Urban Farm was located at the PS1 Contemporary Arts Center in Long Island City, NY, growing on 65 cubic yards of GaiaSoil. This first-ever aerial Urban Farm is built of florets of cylindrical cardboard concrete forms. Innovative design used here shows how completely new forms can emerge from commonplace construction materials. Ultra-lightweight GaiaSoil worked in this art form to provide both optimal growth medium conditions for more than 50 plant species and a greatly diminished mass for the construction to support.