Archive for January, 2013


Over the past week we’ve collected close to 500 salvaged boardwalk boards from four locations (Atlantic City, Sea Girt, Long Beach, Rockaway) along the NY/NJ coasts that were hit by Hurricane Sandy for our Times Square installation, Heartwalk.  Boards are a mix of exotic Ipe, treated Pine and Cedar, and composite decking.  In some locations we’ve picked boards out of piles of debris.  At other locations we were given permission to unscrew boards from sections of boardwalk that were deemed unsafe and would need to be rebuilt.


Once back in our fabrication shop, repurposing begins by removing nails and screws and brushing sand and salt off of the boards.  Splintered sections are cut away and the remaining clean portions are stacked and dried.  A number of the Ipe boards that will be used on the interior of the heart are planed on one side to expose the natural dense reddish grain that is masked by the weathered gray patina.

Simultaneously, we have been developing the design through mockups and lighting studies.  Over the next week, we’ll be fully fabricating Heartwalk at a staging location adjacent to our fabrication shop prior to installing in Times Square on February 10th.



Salvaging Material from NY/NJ Boardwalks Damaged by Sandy

Last Friday we began the process of collecting salvaged lumber from boardwalks damaged by Hurricane Sandy for our upcoming installation in Times Square – Heartwalk.  The following photos are of the boardwalks in Atlantic City and Sea Girt, NJ.  On Tuesday we’ll be visiting Long Beach, NY.  What we found in the two sites of New Jersy was astonishing.  In Atlantic city the quater-mile section of boardwalk along the Absecon Inlet was almost completely torn from the concrete piers.  In Sea Girt, the mile-long boardwalk will have to be entirely rebuilt.

Over the next couple weeks we’ll re-purpose 300-400 boards from the three sites for the Times Square installation.


One of the few remaining sections of Absecon Inlet boardwalk, Atlantic City.


Splintered section of the Atlantic City boardwalk at Oriental Ave.


Warped and fractured section of Sea Girt boardwalk.


Picking boards from pile of debris in Atlantic City, NJ.


Situ Studio Selected as Winner of 2013 Times Square Valentine Heart Design

Situ Studio is the winner of this year’s annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design, a collaboration between Times Square Arts, the public art program of the Times Square Alliance, and the Design Trust for Public Space.

Heartwalk will be unveiled on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, and remain on view until March 8, 2013.

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Aerial rendering of Heartwalk in Duffy Square.


Rendering looking south from the TKTS pavilion.

Whether it was the radically reconfigured landscapes, the compromised infrastructural networks that tie us all together or the temporary solutions that emerged in the days and weeks that followed, Sandy confronted all New Yorker’s with a transformation of the familiar.  This installation takes inspiration from the collective experience of this event and the love that binds the City’s citizens together on this Valentine’s Day.  Using wooden planks salvaged from the boardwalks of both New York and New Jersey, the installation begins as two ribbons which fluidly lift from the ground to form a heart shaped enclosure in the middle of Duffy Square.  The slatted construction, illuminated from within, provides varied views of the interior as the visitors move around perimeter of the installation.  At the base of the heart, a flattened area allows visitors to enter the installation itself – alone together for a moment at the center of the world’s greatest city.

Maker Meet-Ups

As we begin the next phase of development on Design Lab for the New York Hall of Science we’re continuing to explore the ways in which the Maker Movement is manifesting both in formal and informal contexts. We’re finding that many informal explorations of making, experimenting  and innovation are beginning to coalesce and turn into maker spaces around the country. In October, GE Garages pop-ed up at Story in West Chelsea for a weekend of learning about 3D printers, laser cutters, and injection molders to engage and explore curiosities about prototyping technology.

Image via Make Magazine

Makers at Story NY, Image via Make Magazine


In November, MAKE International used Google+  for the first  international 3D printing meetup online! Participants logged on from Sao Paulo to Seattle to join the conversation and to learn more about 3D printing from their fellow makers. Also in November, the Brooklyn company MakerBot opened a store on Mulberry street in Lower Manhattan. Coming up, more makers are using to plan ways to connect and to investigate this formative movement. In fact, last month, Shapeways hosted a meet up at the 3DEA Pop Up shop in New York.

Image via Make Magazine

3DEA Pop-Up NY, Image via Make Magazine




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