Last week the Design Trust hosted two events celebrating NYC’s booming design/production economy. The topic is near and dear to our hearts, but we curated each event for NYCxDesign- NYC’s inaugural citywide event to showcase and promote design of all disciplines. Recap of both below in case you weren’t able to join us.
May 14, 2013 Making NYC: A Roundtable Discussion on Strategies to Maintain, Retain and Create Manufacturing in NYC
Making NYC convened the heavy hitters of our manufacturing economy to discuss the production hubs and incubators popping up across NYC. While the topic was inspired by Design Trust’s Making Midtown project, the panel placed the Garment District into the broader realm of manufacturing in the City by including Brooklyn Navy Yard president & CEO Andrew Kimball, NYCEDC director of industrial initiatives Miquela Craytor, and the CEO & founder of Manufacture NY Bob Bland.
Thanks to our quick-thinking moderator Cliff Pearson from Architectural Record, the conversation was lively and informative. Interestingly, the panelists quickly turned to the question of affordability. Andrew Kimball pointed out that light industrial use brings in the same price per square foot as affordable housing for developers. This may very well be a major factor in the decline of manufacturing throughout the USA, but especially in NYC where the value of land is extraordinarily high.
If you’d like to hear more about what was discussed last Tuesday, email firstname.lastname@example.org for an audio recording of the evening.
May 18, 2013 Heartwalk Returns to the Rockaways!
Situ Studio’s Heartwalk is settled into Beach 95th Street at the Rockaways (directly across from the MoMA PS1 VW Dome 2) from May 4 – June 11. We hosted a Public Space Potluck in the Heartwalk last Saturday with Nina Sweeney from the MoMA PS1 Dome and Situ Studio. Sadly, it was perhaps a bit too early in the season for an all-day beach hangout- it rained throughout and the A Line has yet to resume service to the Rockaways.
However, we still had an intimate (but fun) Potluck inside of Heartwalk, admiring the juxtaposition of the 30′ public art piece made of salvaged boardwalk with the VW Dome and the new elevated comfort stations popping up along the beach.
Rockaway Beach will reopen on Memorial Day, and A train service to Far Rockaway will resume on the 30th of May- two more reasons for you to make the trek to see Heartwalk at Beach 95th Street and support Rockaway businesses bouncing back after Hurricane Sandy.
Check out our Instagram feed for more photos from each event. We’re already brainstorming for NYCxDesign 2014!