Archive for May, 2014

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.

photo by Andrew Kelly for the New York Hall of Science

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. Photo by Patrick Mandeville.

– 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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Photo by Patrick Mandeville.

– 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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Photo by Patrick Mandeville.

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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Photo by Patrick Mandeville.

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Photo by Patrick Mandeville.

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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Photo by Patrick Mandeville.

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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