I wasn’t too sure what I was getting into when I approached this building.
Well it is called the “Brooklyn Navy Yard“, by the water, just opposite of Manhattan. My friend Architect Mitchell Joachim told me there would be a ton of good people there…
Many important people were there! Here’s the menu – I arrived late and missed most of them. Super New York VIP I guarantee.
They want to turn this abandoned shipyard into a nexus of design, manufacturing, education, community, freelance economy – coworking space, incubator etc… WOWOWOWOW! The people in charge of this transformation are Macro-Sea, check them out. I invite you read the New York Times article if you want to know more about the politics of it.
And the people already installed in the place make an impressive group :
- Terreform ONE
- Chris Woebken
- Bioworks Institute
- Patten Studios
- Within Lab
- Eric Forman
- Jason Krugman
- 10x BETA
- Rock Paper Robot
- The Living
- Jenna Spevack
- nea studio
- Columbia University – L.A.B.S
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – CASE
Yeah, I know, we are moving to Hong Kong, but I am super excited knowing that a home for Protei might be under construction in New York ;) Gabriella is from here and we dream of being allowed using a table there for now :)
I cannot help but dreaming how we could build very large “Ocean Zeppelin” in there ! Above Protei_003 I built in New Orleans in 2010, model is Hunter Daniels.
This is a view of the future NewLab from the current NewLab. Manhattan is just there.