Inside SITU Studio’s Brooklyn Navy Yard Fabrication Center

July 26, 2016

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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Interlaced features The Crated collab with BonBouton x StrongArm

May 28, 2016

“Before smartwatches and fitness trackers hit the consumer market, the investments in wearable technology came mainly from the military, enterprise and medical industries. Why? Well.. while fitness buffs use these devices to track and boast about their workouts, the use cases in business settings can be far more valuable. For example, emergency workers and medical personnel could use wearables to get vital data at a moment’s notice or alerts around safety and security.”

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Next Top Makers showcase at Brooklyn Army Terminal Annex

May 20, 2016

Last night we closed out the 2015-2016 Next Top Makers program with a celebration and showcase at Brooklyn Army Terminal Annex Building, the home of Futureworks NYC. The evening kicked off with more than 120 guests visiting this year’s Fellows as well as showcasers from last year’s cohort and throughout New York City. Thanks to Tito’s for the fantastic cocktails we drank through sunset, to Bronx Brewery for the four kinds of brews (American Rye, personal favorite) and to Bronx Beer Hall, our uptown partner, for a delicious spread. After the initial showcase, this year’s Fellows – Thimble, Wear.Works, StrongArm, Bon Bouton, blink blink and Dog Parker – presented to the audience. In turn, guests pledged support for the companies by way of investment, marketing, supply chain and operational help and connections. After a champagne toast, we said goodbye to the first of many advanced manufacturing events at Brooklyn Army Terminal’s Annex Building. Read more


Wall Street Journal features Dog Parker’s smart dog houses

April 18, 2016

“New York’s latest parking service has several intriguing features. It costs 20 cents a minute, it’s confined to the sidewalk, and it’s not meant for cars or even bicycles – Dog Parker caters strictly to canines.”

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Futureworks NYC Growth Initiative Awards Six Advanced Manufacturers with $30K Grants – Including Three Fellows

April 11, 2016

As part of the NYCEDC’s Futureworks NYC Growth Initiative, the city is investing directly into advanced manufacturing startups. This isn’t equity, it’s grants to drive New York City forward as the global maker headquarters. Congratulations to Next Top Makers 2014-2015 Fellows BotfactoryPoursteady and Sunhouse, our Understanding Users workshop leader Pensa, Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator resident The Crated and the creative genius, Adam Frank. It’s a clean sweep for the city’s eastern boroughs with four companies coming from Brooklyn and the other two in Long Island City, Queens. Read more at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.


Engadget features Thimble in Kickstarter for Kids showcase

March 26, 2016

“Thimble simplifies that process by giving you everything you need in one box: an idea, parts and the instructions to put it all together.”

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