Archive for the ‘Design Lab’ Category

Design Leadership Summit 2014: Design Build in Brooklyn

 

SITU was invited to this year’s Design Leadership Summit to speak on a panel moderated by Anne Hellman-White, author of Design Brooklyn. The video of the “Design Build in Brooklyn” conversation with SITU partner Brad Samuels, Daniel Husserl (Uhuru), and Jeff Sherman (Delson/Sherman Architects) may be viewed here.

Held at Industry City in Sunset Park, the panel discussed working as designers and makers in Brooklyn. All three panelists spoke about the importance of establishing a practice in a creative community with the resources to collaborate with expert craftsmen, artisans, and designers who support local manufacturing. Industry City provides an excellent example of the ways in which businesses are growing in proximity to one another. In doing so, designers are finding ways to innovate by sourcing community talent, utilizing efficient technologies, and producing experimental design work.

The Design Leadership Network hosts a yearly summit to bring design principals and professionals together for purpose of building relationships, learning, sharing ideas, and growing together as a community.

‘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.

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.

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:

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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Design Lab: Backstage Install

With the installation of the Backstage, the fourth out of five distinct learning environments that will make up the NYSCI Design Lab, we are making another big leap forward towards the completion of the project in June 2014.

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Photo by Patrick Mandeville.

The defining architectural feature of the backstage is a cantilevered welded steel truss with a bent perforated metal mesh skin. Mobile furniture, made of aluminum pipe and standard pipe fittings, allow the open floor area to be easily reconfigured.

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Fabricator Lars Christensen installing on-site. Photo by Patrick Mandeville.

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Photo by Patrick Mandeville.

© Andrew Kelly, NYSCI

© Andrew Kelly, NYSCI

Once finished, kids will use the Backstage to experiment with all the behind-the-scenes ingredients that go into a theatrical production – from rigging to lighting to costume design. It will be a flexible space that can be transformed to accommodate a variety of activities and group sizes.
We are looking forward to seeing the little makers at NYSCI getting creative in the Backstage!

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Design Lab: Studio Install

While the kids visiting NYSCI have been building dowel structures down in the Sandbox, we’ve been busy installing the tessellated panels and cladding of the next Design Lab workshop – the Studio. The Studio workshop is primarily used for small-scale, hands-on activities, such as DIY electronics and the exploration of urban issues through model-making. One prominent design feature is the “Aggregator” – a space where participants can display and test their creations collectively, learning from one another and building each other’s ideas.

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Photo by Patrick Mandeville.

Design Lab at The New York Hall of Science is a space for tinkering and creative problem-solving for teachers, students, and families. By using simple tools and everyday materials, Design Lab projects invite kids to wrestle with STEM topics through personally motivating problems and to come up with their own creative solutions.

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Photo by Patrick Mandeville.

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Photo by Patrick Mandeville.

In Spring 2014, Design Lab will offer four different hands-on design sessions at the museum that tackle challenges ranging from designing and erecting emergency structures to reusing excess plastic bags. The project “Happy City”, for example, invites students to think about how light and movement could make their city a happier place, and to then apply their ideas by building a happy model city with LEDs and motors. This particular activity lets children examine and confront contemporary urban planning issues.

NYSCI DesignLab Happy City

(photo courtesy of The New York Hall of Science)

To learn more about Design Lab and the four new workshop spaces, visit this page.

Structural engineering by Laufs Engineering Design (LED).

Design Lab: Sandbox Opening

A couple weeks ago we finished installing Sandbox, the first of four new workshop spaces that make up Design Lab at the New York Hall of Science. Now open to the public, Sandbox first opened its gates during the New York Hall of Science’s event ReMake the Holidays.

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The four-day event welcomed families to come in “to bend, twist, light, sculpt and animate a new version of the holiday season” with workshops, demos, artist installations, and more. The open landscape of Sandbox was perfect for the hands-on projects of ReMake the Holiday’s theme of  “Build It,” and on December 28th the Sandbox was filled with kids building dowel structures.

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With some help from their parents and the Maker Space staff, the kids explored building technique and structure by piecing together 3-foot dowels with rubber bands.

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These same components will be utilized in the New York Hall of Science’s “Engineering Day” on February 17th, and will be integral to future programming at the Museum.

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Curious as to what we will be working on next in the Design Lab? Check out the rest of the workshop spaces here.

Structural engineering by Laufs Engineering Design (LED).

All photographs courtesy of Andrew Kelly for New York Hall of Science 

Design Lab: Sandbox Install

We’ve been journeying to Queens to begin installing Sandbox, the first of five new workshop spaces in Design Lab at the New York Hall of Science. The plywood cabinet desk with built-in storage is fabricated at our shop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and installed on site, while the museum remains open to visitors.

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Watch this video for a roundup of the design, fabrication and installation process of Sandbox:

To learn more about Design Lab and the four new workshop spaces, visit this page.

Structural engineering by Laufs Engineering Design (LED).

Design Lab: Sandbox Fabrication

These weeks we are fabricating the first of Design Lab’s five workshop spaces at bldg. 132 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. All components for Sandbox are milled on site, paneled, and installed in stages at New York Hall of Science in Queens. One of the feature elements in this largely open space is a plywood cabinet desk with built-in storage. Sandbox is a workshop area dedicated to large-scale building and experimentation. See the latest rendering and overview of Sandbox here

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To learn more about Design Lab click here #designlab #designismaking

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