At the Brooklyn Navy Yard

...“At the Brooklyn Navy Yard,industrial buildings are being rejuvenated so that people can do what they always did there: make things.” Kimball agrees that the reason why the Navy Yard is experiencing a manufacturing renaissance is because 21st-century creative and inventive New Yorkers desire a return to localized industrialization.

“The Navy Yard is driven heavily by the creative class and entrepreneurs,” he said. “They want to make things and they want it green. [And] It’s near where they live.” In addition to opening up more space for the production of goods, a goal of the
New Lab is to influence the future of manufacturing in Brooklyn.

“People’s idea of manufacturing used to be an assembly line,” said Belt. “That’s changing because of technology.” Belt and his partners are building the lab with state-of-the-art green technologies, and are bringing fabrication and design schools into the fold. Everyone will work in a collaborative work environment, where tenants will share equipment and space. Tenants already on board include the Brooklyn-based ecological design group
Terreform ONE, the London-based design manufacturer Within Lab, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Architecture and Center for Architecture Science and Ecology and Columbia University’s Laboratory of Applied Building Science. And according to Kimball, 100 more tenants are interested...."

Channel Thirteen: A Manufacturing Renaissance at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

The Metropolitan Exchange Building

Building is an incubator for socially responsible and environmentally minded entrepreneurs.  Located at 33 Flatbush Avenue, MEx is a vertical design and technology research cooperative founded by Al Attara in a seven-story edifice in Downtown Brooklyn. We harmoniously pursue development opportunities, sponsor lectures, perform workshops and hold public exhibitions.  There are two independent wet biology laboratories on the 7th floor, one 7,000 sq. ft. wood/metal shop in the basement, a roof terrace with various urban agriculture test beds, composting stations, NYC beekeeper colonies, water filtration labs, algae bio-fuel baths, materials storage, library, community supported farming, multiple conference areas, and a ground floor exhibition space.

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"The roof is also one of the venues for a new, building-wide undertaking. Last summer, Aiolova spearheaded ONE Lab, an intensive three weeks of inquiry, themed around the intersection of design and science, attended by 35 researchers from various professional and geographic backgrounds. Participants attended workshops and lectures by several members of the cooperative, and by outside experts like the urban farming pioneer Dr. Dickson Despommier. One of the Lab’s experiments now takes up a big part of the roof—a living structure made of live trees that are grafted onto each other, instead of merely being lashed together, to achieve structural stability. When spring comes, the hope is that they will fuse into a wall that is one living organism. Plans are now underway to convert ONE Lab, which has been run as a summer program for three years, into a new model for design education. “We want to break down the disciplinary walls in design schools,” Aiolova says, “to preserve the DIY position, and give students the possibility of free exploration.” Several of the designers, architects, and scientists in the building already teach at Pratt Institute, Columbia University, and New York University—education might well be the collaboration that draws in all the building’s tenants. But the growing success of ONE Lab also points to the increasing number of young people who are interested in DIY and collective modes of practice. Aiolova aims to nurture these emerging designers, who, like the members of 33 Flatbush Avenue, want to work outside the mainstream, incorporating scientific and technological advancements into their efforts."

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Our New Home at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
One Lab has a new home at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. We are working with Macro Sea Inc.  to transform this stunning former shipbuilding factory  into a Collaborative Design and Fabrication Center that fosters creativity and innovation. New Lab will include state-of-the-art rapid prototyping shops and host of other resources including advanced fabrication spaces, studios and galleries. IONE Lab will be joined at the Center by design schools and cutting edge design professionals from around the world.
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