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NEW FABLAB, NEW MANAGER

With the new FabLab nearing completion on the 9th Floor, NYDesigns certainly has no shortage of exciting times ahead. And perhaps no one anticipates them more than our brand new FabLab Manager, Doug Thornhill.

A non-traditional student and die-hard maker, his background in the sciences taught him that if a tool doesn’t exist, you have to make it yourself. He’s worked seemingly everywhere: building robots for a NASA x-ray observatory, teaching Arduino to Cub Scouts, helping engineering students with design prototypes, and creating biologically-inspired light sculptures.

In anticipation of the new FabLab, Doug brought his expansive skill set to NYDesigns earlier this summer. He envisions a collaborative space that is not only rooted in conventional equipment but also home to a variety of digital fabrication tools. Education will also be an important component of the new FabLab in the form of workshops open to the public. Doug plans to introduce more development tools for embedded electronics, capable of meeting the needs of the flourishing hardware scene in New York City.

NYDesigns FALL2014 NEWSLETTER

NYDesigns Fall 2014 Newsletter

Fall 2014 has been a busy time for NYDesigns and our residents. Below you will find some highlights of the events and other accomplishments of our staff and residents this fall. For more updates follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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NYDESIGNS INITIATIVES + EVENTS

#makingQUEENS
This fall NYDesigns launched #makingQUEENS — a fall 2014 initiative by NYDesigns featuring a series of events and presentations that explore all the types of creative making that take place in the borough of Queens. These events are part of NYDesigns’ ongoing effort to understand who is making (in) Queens — highlighting diversity in the design and maker communities in our borough.
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Making Cities Symposium
On September 20th NYDesigns welcomed the participants of Making Cities I3: Innovation, Incubation, Inclusion to our space. The event is a collaborative effort of The New School; the School of Architecture, Design, and Urban Planning (FADU) and the School of Social Sciences (FSC) of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA); and the School of Architecture of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Maker Faire

NYDesigns is proud to have participated, along with thousands of makers, in this year’s World Maker Faire NY on September 20th and 21st. Our space at Maker Faire included interactive activities such as puzzles with the neighborhoods and community boards of Queens.
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New York’s Next Top Makers 

On September 24th NYDesigns welcomed NYCEDC and the 2014 New York’s Next Top Makers fellows class to the Get Made Summit.
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Open House NY

On October 11th NYDesigns participated in this year’s Open House New York. On a rainy day we hosted over 50 people who met our residents, including: Vengo!, MTWTF, HUXHUX, and Bhold.
SEE IMAGES OF SITE VISITS 
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RESIDENTS

Automata

  • Automata will be at American Field on Nov 22 & 23, 10am – 6pm, at Industry City in Sunset Park.
  • Automata will also be featured at Pop Up Flea from December 12-14.

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Czeck + Webley

  • Harvest season is still happening on many of Czeck + Webley’s terraces. This one on West 86th Street has abundant figs, flowering rosemary and pyracantha berries.
  • It was Czeck + Webley Landscape’s 2-year birthday on October 3rd. They had a little get-together with staff, contractors and the many people who helped them out along the way. (image)
  • C+W installed a waterfront garden in Connecticut using all salt-tolerant perennials just north of New Haven. They aren’t ready to release any photos of the space until it fills in next spring, but here is a view of the water from the site with a slice of Frank Pepe’s white clam pizza.

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Valentine Goods

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NYDesigns Open House New York (OHNY) 2014

Thanks so much to all those that attended our Open House New York (OHNY) 2014 site visits on October 11. Also, we would like to thank our residents Bhold, HUXHUX, MTWTF, and Vengo for opening their doors to our visitors. It was so much fun, and keep in mind that you can schedule a site visit at any moment by emailing us at info@nydesigns.org.

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How we did it

It’s up! Our installation at Industry City officially opened on Saturday May 10th. Thanks to our talented team, we conceptualized, produced and installed this show in only 15 DAYS. That just goes to show you what can be done when you believe in a mission.

 

NYDesigns’ installation at Industry City challenges visitors to consider the issue of diversity in NYC’s design industries. We have highlighted key demographic information of both the national and metropolitan design-related labor markets. This data, presented as a series of colorful infographics, is presented alongside portraits of entrepreneurs and students selected from the NYDesigns community. All are participants in one of two separate initiatives: the NYDesigns Business Incubator or the AAS degree program in Industrial Design at LaGuardia Community College.The individuals represented on the installation wall are not identified as either students or entrepreneurs, but a collection of individuals at different stages of a design career. This is the diversity NYDesigns hopes to influence in the design industries so that the face of design reflects the vibrant mix and variety of contemporary NYC.

 

Thanks to WantedDesign for the opportunity.