Archive for the ‘Maker Movement’ 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.

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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Photo by Patrick Mandeville.

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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Photo by Patrick Mandeville.

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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Photo by Patrick Mandeville.

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. 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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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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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 www.meetup.com 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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