League Prize 2015: Authenticity
Seth McDowell and Rychiee Espinosa
Scottsville, VA and Brooklyn, NY
Working from a storefront in Scottsville, VA and a brownstone in Brooklyn, NY, Seth McDowell and Rychiee Espinosa founded mcdowellespinosa in 2010 with attention to the “transformation of waste, excess, and the ordinary into new spatial and material realities.”
Their practice emerged from the project Water Fuel: The Plan for a Self-Sustaining New York, which proposed a Water Scooter Network for Manhattan power by water coverted to fuel and earned first place in the Self-Sufficient City competition. Other recent projects include Ad Hoc Architecture, a design/build project exploring improvisational construction methods in the rural South, and My Hair is at MoMA PS1, a finalist in the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program in 2012 that uses human hair as a building material.
Visit the 2015 League Prize feature for more information about this year’s winners and the theme of Authenticity.
Published: July 17, 2015; updated September 14, 2015.
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