‘Making Design Lab’ Documentary

Our documentary Making Design Lab will premier this Friday October 17th at the Architecture and Design Film Festival.

Making Design Lab is a short documentary that follows our team as we design, fabricate, and install the new 10,000 sq ft permanent exhibition space at the New York Hall of Science. Design Lab is a series of five activity areas designed to host an array of STEM and project-based learning activities. Conceived of as sites to foster and promote problem ideation, tinkering, testing, and displaying results – the architecture of Design Lab is intended to be integral to the types of critical discovery and making that is so crucial to the design process.

Our short will be presented as part of the ‘Maker’ program at the film festival, screening just before the feature length film Make, directed and shot by Mu-Ming Tsai. We are excited to present our short and to engage in discussion with other festival participants. Please find more information about the program and the Architecture and Design Film Festival here.

Making Design Lab will be showing at Tribeca Cinemas on Friday October 17th at 6:15 pm and Sunday October 19th at 3:15 pm.

NYC Makers The MAD Biennial – Opening

On Monday night we enjoyed celebrating the opening of NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial at the Museum of Arts and Design. The exhibition is now open to the public and will be on view until October 12th, 2014.

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Photo by Gulshan Kirat for MAD Museum

Our exhibition environment entitled Castscape is located in the northeast gallery on the 5th floor of the museum, and serves as a display for a variety of artists and artisans including Jeff Zimmerman, Raul De Nieves, papabubble New York, Aranda\Lasch, and H E I D I L E E.

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Photo by Gulshan Kirat for MAD Museum

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Photo by Gulshan Kirat for MAD Museum

For more information about the exhibition and its concurrent public programming, please visit NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial’s exhibition page. To learn more about the process of making Castscape, please visit here.

NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial – Installation

This week we installed the exhibition environment for NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial, an exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design that spotlights creative communities thriving across the five boroughs.  The concrete canvas structures will serve as a means to display a diversity of works of the 100 artisans, artists, and designers featured in the NYC Makers Biennial.

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Spatial constraints required us to move the environment onto the site in 12 pieces, which were then assembled to form 6 units.  Together they create a continuous and fluid landscape that will hold each object in a unique and custom-tailored location.

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The gallery exhibition will be accompanied by a series of public programs that will allow visitors to attend events related to acts of making in New York City. Programs include natural textile dyeing workshops, presentations of rare and never before seen 35mm films and discussions on the integral role of artists, designers, and artisans in our community. A complete calendar of events is available here.

NYC Makers opens at the Museum of Arts and Design on July 1st and will run until October 12th, 2014. For more information about the exhibition visit the museum’s website.

NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial – Fabrication Preview

We are currently fabricating a concrete canvas installation we designed for NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial at the Museum of Arts and Design. The exhibition will open on July 1st and will showcase the work of 100 NYC based makers, from furniture designers to pyrotechnists and candy manufacturers.

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Canvas impregnated with dry concrete is draped over wooden armatures to create the desired form, and is then hosed down to fix the fabric in place.

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The resulting installation of surfaces will organically wrap around the exhibition space and support the exhibition objects. This atypical application of an industrial canvas material contributes both conceptually and aesthetically to the exhibition’s focus on local making practices in design and manufacturing.

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To learn more about the exhibition, visit The Museum of Art and Design’s exhibition website.

Design Lab: Press Preview and Opening Reception

Last night we joined press, family, and friends for a reception and preview of Design Lab. Although officially open to the public this Saturday June 7th, programming in Studio, Sandbox, Makerspace and Backstage was in full swing!

New York Hall of Science's opening reception for the Design Lab at NySci in Queens, New York

Photo by Andrew Kelly for the New York Hall of Science.

SITU partner Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny shared a few words about the making of Design Lab and Margaret Honey, President and CEO of the New York Hall of Science, spoke about the future of making and design at the museum.

New York Hall of Science's opening reception for the Design Lab at NySci in Queens, New York

Photo by Andrew Kelly for the New York Hall of Science.

New York Hall of Science's opening reception for the Design Lab at NySci in Queens, New York

Photo by Andrew Kelly for the New York Hall of Science.

NYSCI members and their families enjoyed the workshops in Design Lab’s five activity areas as fellows and staff guided the young visitors in model-making and building throughout the evening.

New York Hall of Science's opening reception for the Design Lab at NySci in Queens, New York

‘Happy City’ model-making in the Studio.
Photo by Andrew Kelly for the New York Hall of Science.

New York Hall of Science's opening reception for the Design Lab at NySci in Queens, New York

Building dowel structures in the Sandbox.
Photo by Andrew Kelly for the New York Hall of Science.

New York Hall of Science's opening reception for the Design Lab at NySci in Queens, New York

Shadow puppet making workshop in the Studio.
Photo by Andrew Kelly for the New York Hall of Science.

To learn more about Design Lab click here, or visit the New York Hall of Science’s website.

Design Lab: Install Roundup

Since early 2012, we’ve had our hands full designing, fabricating and finally installing Design Lab, a new permanent exhibition space in NYSCI’s lower pavilion with five activity areas where visitors of all ages can tinker with creative solutions to scientific and technological challenges. While some of the workshops are already in use by school groups, kids and families, Design Lab is finally near completion and will officially open to the public next Saturday, June 7th. We want to seize the opportunity and roundup the installation process so far.

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Design Lab, close to completion in late May.
Photo by Andrew Kelly for the New York Hall of Science.

Design Lab invites makers to look at materials around them in new ways while engaging in activities, experiments and challenges that provide a deeper understanding of the engineering and design process. From developing self-propelling model cars to making colorful, scented candles, Design Lab offers loads of exciting programming year round.

The five activity areas
– Backstage, where visitors can invent solutions to a perfect performance of light, shadow and motion, is already in use.

photo by Andrew Kelly for the New York Hall of Science

Children create puppets for a shadow play in the Backstage.
Photo by Andrew Kelly for the New York Hall of Science.

– Sandbox, where visitors can build sturdy structures from wooden dowels and rubber bands they can stand inside, opened a few months ago.

photo by Andrew Kelly for the New York Hall of Science

Photo by Andrew Kelly for the New York Hall of Science.

– Studio, where visitors can construct a lit up model city with the help of electric circuits, already houses aspiring architects, electric engineers and lighting designers.

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NYSCI visitors imagine their “Happy City” with paper models and electric circuits in the Studio.

– Treehouse, where visitors can explore gravity, shape and air resistance, is the last space nearing completion for the opening next week.

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– Maker Space, where visitors will learn to use tools that convert design ideas into prototypes, opened in 2012.

photo by Andrew Kelly for the New York Hall of Science

Photo by Andrew Kelly for the New York Hall of Science.

Watch the growth of Design Lab in time lapse:

Making it in NYC: The Era of New Manufacturing – Programming

Making it in NYC: The Era of New Manufacturing is now open to the public. The exhibition will be on view at Gallery 92 at The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center, BLDG 92, until the end of the year. The show features manifold objects that represent 30 local manufacturers and makers, framed by our exhibition design.

On Thursday, May 15th, we celebrated the opening of  Making it in NYC: The Era of New Manufacturing

On Thursday, May 15th, we celebrated the opening of
Making it in NYC: The Era of New Manufacturing

The gallery exhibition will be enhanced with a series of public programs on maker-related topics, such as panel discussions on energy efficient design, sourcing and producing locally, and service and support networks for makers.

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Open House New York will host a series of tours titled Making it Here that will highlight manufacturing communities in New York City. On June 6th, the Making it Here tour will visit the Brooklyn Navy Yard, with stops at several manufacturing spaces, including SITU Fabrication in Building 132. Find out more and get tickets here.

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Making it in NYC: The Era of New Manufacturing – Install

Making it in NYC: The Era of New Manufacturing, an exhibition about the resurgence of local manufacturing in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, opens this Friday, May 16th, at Gallery92 in BLDG92, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center. We are currently installing our exhibition design that displays objects representing the work of 30 local makers and businesses.

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More than 70 interlocking, perforated and folded panels made from aluminum composite function as 3D pegboards that encourage visitors to pick up and test the products on display.

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The gallery exhibition will be accompanied by a series of public programs that will enhance the hands-on experience of the exhibition with factory tours, demonstrations of craftsmanship and production processes, as well as panel discussions on maker related topics.

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The exhibition runs until the end of the year. For more information visit BLDG92’s website, browse their event calendar, and check out this video starring some of the makers featured  in the exhibition:

Design Lab: Treehouse Install

We have begun installing Treehouse, the fifth and last of the workshop spaces we are creating in The New York Hall of Science’s Central Pavilion.

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The Treehouse is composed of a series of curving vertical ribs constructed from baltic birch plywood. Each rib is shipped in sections, and assembled on site before being hoisted into place.

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After the vertical ribs are erected, a second system of horizontal shelves is inserted to create a rigid grid structure. Lastly, the timber joists and plywood subfloor are installed to create the upper platform of the Treehouse.

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Expanding over two levels and located at the center of the pavilion, Treehouse will serve as an observation point at the heart of Design Lab. Its elevated vantage point will also allow Design Lab visitors to learn about gravity and air resistance, for example by inventing and building “flying” contraptions, dropping them from a height, and observing their flight characteristics.

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Making it in NYC: The Era of New Manufacturing – exhibition design in process

Starting May 15th, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, home to our fabrication shop, will show a hands-on multimedia exhibit titled “Making it in NYC: The Era of New Manufacturing” at BLDG 92.

We designed a flexible display system for the exhibition, consisting of pegboard-inspired hexagonal aluminum composite modules with three-dimensional, folded surfaces, that is adaptable to myriad products of varying scales.

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Full scale mock-ups installed in our office with text milled into the
aluminum composite modules on our CNC router.

Visitors are invited to actively engage with and even operate the exhibition objects, which represent a wide variety of manufacturing businesses from five industry groups: Energy & Resiliency, Furnishing & Home Goods, Tech & Media, Building & Construction, Fashion & Apparel.

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The pegboard-like modules are adaptable to changing exhibition objects of different scales.

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To create three-dimensional, structurally rigid surfaces, sheet
Aluminum Composite Material (ACM) has been scored and folded.

Stay tuned for updates on panel discussions, factory tours and the exhibition.

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