MoMA’s new architecture exhibition stages a wide set of local, civic-minded design projects

Architecture Now: New York, New Publics
Museum of Modern Art
New York
Through July 29

An apparatus made of standard plumbing components that screws on to fire hydrants is one of the smallest and most delightfully inventive of the twelve projects represented in Architecture Now: New York, New Publics, a new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. These “prosthetic devices,” designed by Agency—Agency and Chris Woebken, in consultation with teens from Brooklyn’s Youth Design Center, would allow ordinary fire hydrants to double as spigots for filling bottles or washing hands, and as cooling sprinkler fountains in New York’s time-honored summertime tradition. The largest work in the show, infinitely more

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