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Future 50: WORKac 01.08.13

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Icon asked a dozen experts and practitioners to nominate the people they think are, in some way, shaping the future. The resulting list of global talent is a snapshot that shows how young designers and architects are pushing the boundaries of their disciplines and trying to change the world

New York architectural firm WORKac (Icon 104) was founded in 2003 by husband-and-wife team Dan Wood and Amale Andraos, who previously worked at OMA. It won the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program in 2008, for which it turned the museum's courtyard into an urban garden. Much of the practice's work concerns a greener urban future – as Andraos describes it: "How do we re-frame the idea of a collective future, one that includes all species?" At a school in Brooklyn, it's creating the first "edible schoolyard". It is also publishing a book about Nature City, its concept of a "town-country for the 21st century", originally commissioned by MoMA for the exhibition Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream. Recent projects include a cultural centre in Saint Petersburg and an extension to the Blaffer Art Museum in Houston. It is also designing the Assemblée Radieuse, a conference centre in Libreville, Gabon, that will host the 2014 African Union summit, and a library in Queens, New York.

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