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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.

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:

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.

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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Emerging Voices 2014

This year,  we are fortunate to be among eight groups of practitioners in architecture, landscape design and urbanism honored by The Architectural League of New York as Emerging Voices in their discipline. This invited, juried portfolio competition recognizes potentially influential firms and individuals based in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico.

All eight winning teams have been giving lectures in New York throughout March, and on the fourth and final evening of the lecture series on March 27, we had the pleasure of giving a presentation on our practice alongside Guadalajara-based Estudio Macías Peredo at the Scholastic Auditorium in Manhattan.

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Salvador Macías Corona and Magui Peredo Arenas from Estudio Macías Peredo
share recent design and construction work.

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SITU partner Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny shares images of Heartwalk installed in Times Square last year.

A shared interest among both Estudio Macías Peredo and SITU is making. The material experimentation and fabrication processes in our work, as well as the celebrated role of local masons, blacksmiths and craftspeople in the building process were highlighted in both presentations.

A warm thank you to The Architectural League of New York for this opportunity. We are honored  to be in the company of so many talented designers in receiving this award.

Exhibition Design – Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art

For the past few months we have been experimenting with new materials for our exhibition design with the American Folk Art Museum. The exhibition, Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art, showcases original ensembles from thirteen designers inspired by objects from the museum’s permanent collection. The results will be displayed alongside the original folk art objects; exploring the boundless relationship between inspiration and creation.

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Photo by Patrick Mandeville.

We sought to find a flexible material to create a system that could be customized to respond to different objects while providing  tactile and visual continuity to the show. Inspired by the draping of a dress form, we chose to work with concrete impregnated fabric to create a series of custom pedestals specifically crafted for the garment or object it holds.

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Photo by Patrick Mandeville.

The process of constructing the pedestals involved building a series of simple armatures from which the concrete canvas was suspended upside-down and saturated with water.

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Once cured, the result is a series of light-weight, structurally sufficient, modified-catenary forms that appear to float and billow upwards, grounded only by the weight of the objects they support.

Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art will be on display from January 21st- April 23rd, 2014 at the American Folk Art Museum.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Beaux Arts Ball Roundup

This year the 69th Regiment Armory housed more than a thousand guests and a handful of large puppets for a night of festivities and performance at The Architectural League’s annual Beaux Arts Ball.

We spent 48 hours transforming the Armory’s Drill Hall into a landscape of ethereal floating lightweight structures hovering above the floor, spent a night of dancing underneath underneath a live feed projection mapping, sound installations and lighting design, and finally spent a Sunday uninstalling.

We just finished a video that documents the process from rigging to final party. Watch below

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Photo Keith Sirchio
Entrance to the cavernous Drill Hall at the 69th Regiment Armory.

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Photo Fran Parente

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Photo Keith Sirchio
Processional Arts Workshop designed 14 ft tall mylar puppets who along with performers roamed throughout the dance floor.

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The theme for this year’s Ball was -ism, and Situ colleague James welded his as cubism-inspired costume

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Photo Keith Sirchio

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Photo Keith Sirchio

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Photo Patrick Mandeville

See more photos from this year’s Beaux Arts Ball and learn more about our environment design here

Design Lab: The Treehouse

The Treehouse is the center workshop-space of the total of six spaces making up Design Lab. Centered in the middle of The New York Hall of Science’s Central Pavilion, the current heart of this historic facility that features hundreds of hands-on exhibitions ranging from molecular biology to physics.

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Each of Design Lab’s six spaces is designed to accommodate a range of earning styles, with particular attention to problem ideation research, and display, encouraging visitors to share ideas, reflect on precedents, and examine problems from a variety of perspectives.

In The Treehouse visitors will explore physics from gravity, air resistance, fluid dynamics — by inventing and building contraptions, dropping them from a height, and documenting and observing the results. Challenges will range from designing “air dancers” that fall slowly and graceful to designing a vehicle to protect an egg from breaking.

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Close-up of model construction

The Treehouse is a vertical space design that functions on two levels. In part it elevates its audience above ground in the look-out pods, where they will be able to observe the activities happening all over Design Lab as well as the exhibitions on the mezzanine.

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Rendering overview of The Treehouse

To learn more about Design Lab in its design phase visit our project page here, and stay tuned for process news as we introduce the remaining workshop-spaces and begin fabrication.

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Heartwalk Moves to DUMBO

Heartwalk  has moved to DUMBO and is installed in the Pearl Street Triangle, just next to the Manhattan Bridge Archway, through April 30th.  Big thanks to the Design Trust for Public Space for helping to find new home for Heartwalk and for connecting us to the DUMBO Improvement District and the New York City Department of Transportation, who facilitated the move in early March.  After Heartwalk leaves DUMBO, we have plans to move it to another venue for the summer.  We hope to announce the next location shortly.

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As documented in the above time-lapse, the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge creates a spectacular light show on sunny days.

Also, the Heartwalk Instagram aggregator site is still up and running.  Click here to check out the latest pictures (www.heartwalkdumbo.com), and be sure to visit and tag your own photos #Heartwalk.

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We were honored to have a visit from Architects Wang Shu and wife/partner Lu Wenyu recently.

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