Within Technologies is a design consultancy and software house specializing in utilizing additive manufacturing for higher-end engineering applications in the medical, aerospace, Formula1 and footwear industries, among others. At the core of Within's technology lies a powerful optimization engine which takes as its inputs parameters such as desired weight requirements, maximum displacement and stiffness. This technology has been used in the aerospace sector to design lightweight yet strong components, while in the medical sector, the Within Medical software has resulted in the design and manufacture of complex porous structures that are ideally suited to bone in-growth into orthopedic implants.
Dr Siavash Mahdavi is the Managing Director of Within Technologies and the CTO of Digital Forming. Siavash studied Mechatronics Engineering at King’s College London. He also co-founded Digital Forming, a company that is making use of 3D printing to enable the mass customisation of consumer products for high-street brands. Both companies were featured in the Economist in a cover story entitled The manufacturing technology that will change the world.
Marcel Botha is an entrepreneur, engineer, architect and investor. He experiments with simple hardware ideas on the edge between consumer and medical products. Marcel specializes in guiding product development teams from concept to viable product and is currently locked in a wave of parallel experimentation, feeding off his passion for product acceleration, and digital manufacturing. Through his consulting firm 10xBETA, he has helped numerous medical professionals test, develop and commercialize products ranging from electronic stethoscopes, colposcopes, to surgical instruments.
D.N.I. is an industrial design and consultancy company that strives to produce enduring, functional pieces that remain relevant over time. Head Design Engineer Ed Jacobs has designed custom motorcycles for a boutique manufacturer Ed used computer-assisted design and manufacturing software to develop precise 3D models of parts and assemblies that could be CNC milled to produce custom components. The machines he designs are radical exercises in American industrial aesthetics and aim to be honest expressions of the underlying structure. Ed is also the industrial designer of the solar collector being developed for the proposed New York City Lowline park project.
Terreform ONE [Open Network Ecology] is a 501c3 non-profit experimental green design group that promotes new concepts for the advancement of cities. As a unique interdisciplinary laboratory for industrial design, synthetic biology, landscape ecology, art, architecture, and master planning, they work to explore the theoretical and practical framework of ecological design. Through innovative projects and community outreach efforts, they aim to integrate the ecological possibilities of New York City and inspire like-minded projects in urban centers worldwide.
Mitchell Joachim, Ph.D., is a leader in ecological design, architecture and urbanism. He is the founding Co-President of Terreform ONE. Mitchell is an Associate Professor at NYU and EGS in Switzerland.
Maria Aiolova, LEED AP, is an educator, architect and urban designer in New York City. Her work is focused on the theory, science and application of ecological design. She is the founding Co-President of Terreform ONE.
EcoSystems is a design and manufacturing firm specializing in streamlined manufacturing processes to produce a minimal amount of waste and a commitment to organic, non-toxic, certified sustainable materials.
The green-minded company utilizes a innovative tool-free assembly system that relies on interlocking aluminum pieces rather than nuts, bolts and screws, allowing for construction of the brand's furniture in a matter of minutes.
Patten Studios merges award-winning art and design talent with in-depth technical knowledge to create magical interactive experiences. They develop interactive surfaces such as tables and walls for public spaces such as museums, as well as for industrial applications. They also develop and license custom sensing technologies for interactive applications. Patten Studios is committed to changing the way people think about computers by creating innovative alternatives to the ubiquitous keyboard and mouse.
James Patten is an interaction designer, inventor and visual artist working at the intersection of the physical and digital worlds. James is a TED fellow and has exhibited or performed in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Transmediale festival in Berlin, the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, the Museo d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria and the Instituto Tomie Othake in Sao Paulo.
Hypersonic is a New York City based design and engineering and studio. They blend art, science, engineering, and architecture to create groundbreaking interactive physical structures. Their work includes musical instruments for Bjork, moving stage shows for U2, robotic store window displays, large new media sculptures for museums, and kinetic public sculptures.
IdeaSphere is a technology research and development company focusing on projects in the areas of healthcare, laboratory science and education. Originally established at the MIT Media Laboratory, IdeaSphere has been headquartered in New York since 2009. The firm is owned and run by Marc Schwartz who assembles and manages teams from a stable of experts across multiple technical fields.
Jason Krugman is an artist adept at pairing electronics and organic materials to create new types of objects, spaces and experiences. He uses light as his primary medium, making work that responds to its audience and environment. Jason is primarily focused on the development and production of large-scale public artworks, illuminated installations, and industrially designed light objects.
Jenna Spevack is an artist, designer, and educator whose work focuses on issues of ecology and human interaction. Jenna's creative work has been shown in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally, such as her recent solo exhibition, “8 Extraordinary Greens”, at Mixed Greens, NYC.
nea studio focuses its work in architecture, furniture design, product design, landscape/urban planning and exhibition design. The practice operates in an environment in which project management and implementation take place in parallel with model making, prototyping and experimentation with ideas, materials, and manufacturing processes.
RPR is an engineering boutique specializing in the innovation and fabrication of kinetic furniture and lighting. As designers and engineers they integrate technology and mechanics into reactive objects with novel actuation schemes - from passive (e.g., levitating tables, melting chandeliers) to robotic (e.g., mechanized, sensor-based chandelier and storage systems).
At the Laboratory for Applied Building Science (L.A.B.S.), Columbia students continue to challenge methodologies of software in order to apply digital tools to their research on the building process from design to construction. The integration of CNC fabrication into parametric modeling, BIM and other organizational hierarchies has challenged working models of fabrication at the scale of the prototype as well as the building, offering a level of complexity and specificity thought to be impossible until recent years.
The Living creates full-scale, functioning prototypes of the architecture of the future. Clients and collaborators include the City of New York, Seoul Municipal Government, Nike, 2x4, Natalie Jeremijenko, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, and Build It Green. Recent projects include Living City (a platform for buildings to talk to one another), Amphibious Architecture (a cloud of light above the East River that changes color according to water quality), and Architecture Bio-synthesis (a new process for bio-computation and bio-manufacturing of high-performance building materials through synthetic biology).
The Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE), a future tenant of New Lab, conducts interdisciplinary research focused on next generation building technologies for a sustainable built environment. We address the need for accelerated innovation of radically new architectural systems capable of harnessing local ecological energy, and integrating better with both human and natural systems. CASE unites advanced architectural and engineering practices with scientific research through a unique and intensive collaboration between multiple institutions, manufacturers, and professional offices within the building industry. CASE is co-hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). Through this partnership, the boundaries of environmental performance in urban building systems on a global scale are being tested using actual building projects as test beds.
Eric Forman is a New York-based artist working with interactive installations and responsive sculpture. He develops his own circuits and software to create objects and spaces that are aware of their environment and can dynamically respond to it. His work crosses boundaries between fine art, design, and robotics – combining the technical rigor of engineering with the open-ended exploratory nature of the art experience. Eric’s creations employ modalities of interactivity not found in dominant forms of new media: subtle, slow, thoughtful, perhaps disturbing. His work gives us the magical and exhilarating qualities of the new, yet also plays on our uneasy fascination with the intersections of human and technology. Eric currently teaches in the Digital+Media MFA department at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), and the Interactive Arts MFA department at Pratt Institute.
Positioned at the confluence of art and science, the Bioworks Institute is a tightly knit group of designers, artists and scientists who seek to develop new forms of biological products and designs using biotechnology.
Dr. Oliver Medvedik earned his Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School in the Biomedical and Biological Sciences program. As part of his doctoral work he has used single-celled budding yeast as a genetic system to map pathways that underlie the processes of aging in more complex organisms, such as humans. He has worked as a biotechnology consultant, taught numerous undergraduates at Harvard University and mentored two of Harvard’s teams for the annual synthetic biology competition (iGEM) held at M.I.T. Now, he is the principal investigator at the Bioworks Institute laboratory for art and biology in Brooklyn, New York. Oliver is also on the board of directors for the non-profit organization Genspace, a biological research incubator that is dedicated to teaching genetic engineering
Chris Woebken runs a rapid research practice creating props, narratives and visualizations investigating the aesthetic and social potentials of technologies. He collaborates with scientists, organizations, artists and engineers and we have the right environment and network to invent and build prototypes of future services and products.often co-opted by corporations. We aim to change this condition and rethink biotech.