Episode 19: SO - IL

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SO – IL (Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu) is a Brooklyn-based architecture firm founded by Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu in 2008. The couple represents one of the most inter-esting and original names among the young generation of architects.

The philosophy that animates their work aims to dialogue with different cultures and countries, open to the world without any geographical borders. Their projects expand from North America, Asia, Europe creating an authentic interaction with the environment and the community. Well known for their research about innovative use of materials, they are authors of the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art for the University of California, Davis (2018), the award-winning Kukje Art Gallery in Seoul, Korea and the recent Las Americas, an affordable social housing, in Léon, Mexico. In 2010, the firm won the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program with its playful, interactive installation Pole Dance, receiving a widespread at-tention.

A generous production of temporary installations is an integral part of their de-sign. Their suggestive unexpected ludic scenography combined with poetic lyricism, en-gages the audience, making people more aware and responsible towards urgent topics. The Museum of Architecture and Technology, MAAT, Lisbon, during the past year has organized “Currents- Temporary Architectures”, an exhibition dedicated to 12 of them. Many other prominent cultural institutions as the Museum of Modern Art and Guggen-heim Museum have showcased their work. Awarded with extensive recognitions and prizes, including the Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League, they have been featured on many publications, as New York Times, CNN and Frankfurter Allgemeine.  

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