REMAKE NEW YORK – Museum of Art and Design // Workshop
WE-DESIGNS partnered with Solidoodle and the Museum of Art and Design (MAD) in New York to offer a family-focused workshop that centers around rethinking and remaking New York City, utilizing 3D printing as a new design tool to rapidly prototype a new vision of New York. Focusing on old and new New York buildings, this RE-MAKE New York workshop functions in several parts.
First, family “design” teams were introduced to key facts about New York’s growth and building typologies, and learn the answers to important questions about the city’s buildings, by drawing on oversized maps of Manhattan, and using their own set of 3D printed landmarks that was taken home at the end of the workshop. Some questions which were answered – Why did people decide to settle on the island of Manhattan? Why do we have so many skyscrapers? Why are the streets in Manhattan in a grid? Most importantly, how do architects think about and design all of this?
From here, each team chose from a series of options to design their own New York City building, but with a twist. How would your family change this building to make it better? Would you make it taller? Shorter? A slide all the way down the side? Each family assisted in the design process through a given set of design options, and were be able to watch their own tower being 3D printed.
We then began a discussion about contemporary architecture in Manhattan, and looked at the main factors that categorize this new style of building, including new technology. Why do so many new buildings have curvy sides? Why are the old buildings rectangles, and the new buildings have different shapes? Basic principles of digital modeling and 3D printing will be discussed, and teams will learn about the values of 3D printing for architecture, design, and art, and how these principles relate to the works on display at the Out of Hand exhibit. Each family were able to “modernize” their own set of 3D printed buildings with markers and clay, and leave with a unique map of Manhattan that they have created, populated with 3D printed miniature models of New York’s architecture, in addition to their own unique 3D printed tower.
This workshop was made possible by Solidoodle and the Museum of Art and Design (MAD).
Wendy W Fok | Design Lead
Evelyn B Tilney | Project Manager
Natalie Rodriguez | Assistant
Solidoodle | 3D printer sponsor
Museum of Art and Design (MAD)