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), Architecture Bio-synthesis (a new process for bio-computation and bio-manufacturing of high-performance building materials through synthetic biology), and Hi-fi (a near-zero carbon emission structure of organic bricks made from corn stalks and living root systems) which was selected as the winner of MoMA's 2014 Young Architects Program and erected at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City this summer.
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.
RockPaperRobot is a design company that specializes in the invention and fabrication of kinetic furniture, lighting, and robotic installations. We transform traditionally static furniture into responsive objects using innovative engineering techniques and artisanal craftsmanship.
RPR was founded by Jessica Banks, a roboticist, product designer, and interative artist. She holds a Computer Science and Electrical Engineer's degree and a Master's in robotics from MIT's Artifical Intelligence Lab as well as a B.S. in General Physics from the University of Michigan. A fellowship at Eyebeam Art & Technology brought her back to New York to become an entrepreneur.
Honeybee Robotics is an R&D engineering company that creates the worlds' most advanced robotic systems for the worlds' toughest environments. Since its inception in 1983, Honeybee has completed over 300 projects for NASA, the US Department of Defense, academia, industry and artists, notably supplying NASA with critical technologies for its last three Mars missions.
Today, Honeybee is developing a range of advanced mechanisms and robotic technologies for aerospace, planetary exploration, medical devices, energy, mining, infrastructure and more, making next-generation applications a reality through creative, collaborative engineering that combines the best minds with the best technology.
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.
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 a Co-Founder of Terreform ONE and an Associate Professor at NYU and EGS in Switzerland.
Maria Aiolova, LEED AP, is an educator, architect and urban designer in New York City. She is a Co-Founder of Terreform ONE and Academic Director of Global Architecture and Design at CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange). She is currently a visiting faculty at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and has most recently taught at Pratt Institute and Parsons New School for Design.
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.
3D Hubs is the world’s largest and fastest growing network of 3D printers. We are on a mission to make 3D printing accessible to everyone by unlocking the world’s idle 3D printers, facilitating transactions between 3D printer owners (Hubs) and people that want to make prints. 3D Hubs empowers people to create a new type of product which is personalized, on-demand and locally produced.
3D Hubs was founded in April of 2013 by former 3D Systems employees Bram de Zwart and Brian Garret, and is now based in Amsterdam and New York.
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.
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.
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.
The Extrapolation Factory is an imagination-based studio for design-led futures studies, founded by Elliott P. Montgomery and Chris Woebken. The studio develops experimental methods for collaboratively prototyping, experiencing and impacting future scenarios. Central to these methods is the creation of hypothetical future props and their deployment in familiar contexts such as 99¢ stores, science museums, vending machines and city sidewalks. With this work, the studio is exploring the value of democratized futures studies by rapidly imagining, prototyping, deploying and evaluating visions of possible futures on an extended time scale.
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.
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.