X-Closures: Design Against Extinction



This studio aims to combat the impending extinction of endangered animal species through pioneering acts of building design. Students will be asked to engage the city and its natural ecology in an effort to support increased biodiversity. The class will seek to improve system resiliency across scales by applying novel technologies that shield local plants and animals from the negative impacts of urban and suburban development. The studio will specifically focus on the use of novel fabrication technologies to produce building forms that help flora and fauna thrive in otherwise inhospitable conditions. ONE Lab’s focus this year will be on the Monarch Butterfly, which has seen a precipitous decline in numbers due to the destruction of its Milkweed food supply. For more information download the July course syllabus.


ONE Lab’s mission



Produce solutions to the global environmental crisis through project-based exploration and learning.


Teach ecological design, coding, advanced manufacturing and digital photography in one of the world’s most culturally vibrant cities.


Compress a full semester of instruction into an intensive summer studio at a fraction of the cost charged by most universities.


Support the development of student portfolios through innovative research and interdisciplinary collaboration.


Teach design in a unique entrepreneurial setting with stellar faculty while networking with NY design firms and our industry partners.


ONE Lab’s study program is an intensive architecture and urban design studio focused on coding, sustainable design and digital fabrication. ONE Lab is a non-accredited, industry affiliated teaching and research collective based in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. This hands-on, project-based school for ecological design lets students expand their knowledge through individual studio instruction, group tours of advanced manufacturing facilities, office visits and design theory lectures. Architects, Planners, Sculptors, Industrial and Landscape Designers are all welcome to apply.




The ONE Lab summer program will be held in a newly renovated space located at 19 Morris Avenue in Brooklyn. The Morris Avenue building supports a vibrant community of entrepreneurs from a wide-range of disciplines including robotics, rocketry, software engineering, architecture, urban planning and biotechnology. ONE Lab hosts a cutting-edge design curriculum in a unique educational setting which includes a café, seminar rooms and an open atrium for informal gatherings. Students will also have exclusive access to an off-site digital fabrication lab equipped with a high-resolution 3D printing and CNC machining tools.


For tuition rate and discounts, please contact us at onelabprogram@gmail.com or call (646) 415-0102.

Early Bird Deadline: June 7, 2019 (Get a $250 discount)

Registration closes on June 28, 2019 (Full tuition)

Classes run from July 8, 2019 to August 2, 2019