Graduate Architecture

Posted August 18, 2017

Updates From The Chair

PennAlumn Jenny Sabin gave a presentation of her installation “LUMEN” at PS1 [ MOMA] in Long Island City in New York for our Alumni yesterday! We are proud of Jenny and her continuing success.

See also in Architectural Digest: 

“Robots Wove This Year’s Winning Young Architects Program Installation at New York’s MoMA PS1: Experimental architecture firm Jenny Sabin Studio’s interactive textile web opens today to museum goers.

In the product design world, 3-D printing is the current obsession. At Collective Design this year, five studios pushed its limits to make a wide-ranging array of objects. The ever-experimental MIT has an entire design laboratory dedicated to it. However, MoMA PS1’s 2017 Young Architects Program winner has taught the robots a new skill: knitting. Upstate New York–based Jenny Sabin Studio has designed a light-sensitive web of digitally knit and robotically woven textile for the museum's courtyard. Beginning today, museumgoers can interact with Lumen, which in turn reacts to the heat, sunlight, and density of bodies in its immediate environment.

More than one million yards of the experimental textile suspend two large-scale canopies with 250 tubular structures over the courtyard; 100 woven stools and a reactive misting system invite visitors into a microclimate on the ground below. The woven structure also changes over the course of the day, displaying color in sunlight and glowing after sundown. “ he material system that is employed in Lumen is a material system that I have been developing for six years," said Jenny Sabin, principal, in a session with Archinect. 'extiles have a rich and vast history that links computation with material that ends up impacting digital space.' "