Alumni Benjamin Ball (B.Arch ‘03) and Gaston Nogues (B.Arch ‘93) of Los Angeles-based Ball-Nogues Studio are among the 56 finalists selected in the “Spaces” category of the 2012 Innovation by Design Awards from FastCompany.
Yucca Crater│ Ball-Nogues Studio│ Photo by Scott Mayoral
Located in the barren desert near Joshua Tree National Park, 15 miles from the nearest human settlement, Yucca Crater is a synthetic earthwork that doubled as a recreational amenity during High Desert Test Sites on October 15-16, 2011. After the event, the artists recycled the wooden mold from the massive art installation into a 30-foot-tall temporary swimming pool in the California Desert, while the Yucca Crater was abandoned to the entropic forces of the landscape.
Competition judges included MoMA curator Paola Antonelli and Nicholas Felton of Facebook, and winners will be unveiled on October 16 in New York.