Inside SITU Studio’s Brooklyn Navy Yard Fabrication Center

A Brooklyn SolarWorks x SITU Studio Solar Canopy in Park Slope. Credit: @situstudio instagram

On Friday, we joined SITU Studio for drinks at their Brooklyn Navy Yard fabrication hangar. Founded in 2005 by four Cooper Union grads, SITU’s grown to more than 35 employees and three divisions: SITU Studio, the company’s architectural design firm based in DUMBO; SITU Fabrication with 10,000 sqf in the Navy Yard; and SITU Research, an interdisciplinary practice working in design, visualization and spatial analysis. SITU specializes in projects that that help make the city more inclusive, engaging and productive. 

For instance, SITU recently collaborated with Gowanus-based Brooklyn SolarWorks Design to create The Canopy rooftop solar panels. City roofs are tricky for panels because HVACs, skylights create obstructions and fire code requires space for emergency personnel. Even flat roofs create a problem since they don’t face south and capture max sunlight. SITU and SolarWorks’ design elevates solar panels over obstructions and tilts them south south. The Canopy also provides shade and space to hang out underneath for residents. The Canopy is piloting with 11 installations across Brooklyn and Astoria, and there’s another 25 in the pipeline for the next six months.
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Welcome to Futureworks NYC!

Welcome to Futureworks NYC, the new home for advanced manufacturing in New York City. Over the past three years, we’ve been dreaming up the development of a network of partnerships, services and spaces with a few goals in mind. First, help grow product startups here in the city. Second, promote and connect local advanced production facilities. Third, connect legacy manufacturers to the wave of innovation rippling across all five boroughs. Fourth, create a 21st century fabrication space at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park.

New York City Economic Development Corporation planned this network while working alongside makers, manufacturers, product developers, venture capitalists, academics, journalists and social entrepreneurs. In 2012, we launched New York’s Next Top Makers, a citywide incubator to coach and propel product startups forward. Anchored by cohort classes, the program partnered with fab labs like NYDesigns and Staten Island MakerSpace, innovation platforms like Kickstarter, advisors from littleBits and Pensa and many more leading companies. Earlier this year, we awarded $30,000 each to six advanced manufacturers in order to help them build business in the city. Read more