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Parsons Faculty Lead New Design Initiative At MoMa

David Lewis, Eric Bunge, and Matthew Baird, faculty members in the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons, are taking the lead in a new design initiative at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) called Rising Currents.

For this major eight-month initiative, MoMA has brought together four teams of architects, engineers, and landscape designers, three of which are led by Lewis, Bunge, and Baird. These multidisciplinary teams will develop infrastructure solutions to address New York Harbor’s rising water levels and protect endangered ecosystems. With the anticipated rise in sea levels due to climate change, the future of New York’s waterfronts is threatened; protecting them has been identified as one of the most urgent challenges the city faces in the next century.

“The necessity of a response to the regional and national discourse on infrastructure from a contemporary view of high-quality design that also embraces sound ecology has been of urgency for some years, and has taken on new actuality given the national agenda of looking to innovative infrastructure,” said Barry Bergdoll, the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA and organizer of Rising Currents. “Rising Currents will undertake new design research in an interdisciplinary way to solve problems that are both local in application and global in implication.”

The teams are working on these projects in the galleries of P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center and MoMA from December 1 through January 8, 2010. Open house events for the public will take place on Saturday, December 12, and Saturday, January 9, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. MoMA plans to exhibit the resulting design proposals in an exhibition opening in March 2010.

For more information and updates on the projects, visit the MoMA website .