The New School to open ‘Making Center’ this fall

The New School’s Parsons School of Design this fall will open its long awaited Making Center, a spacious studio for the university’s creative students.

The blueprint for the Making Center at the Parsons School of Design - The New School

The 35,000-square-foot hub houses adaptable creation spaces for students to build and design prototype projects for all creative fields including fashion, art, media technology, architecture and interiors. The space will also house various tools and equipment like 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers, and sewing and textile production areas among others. Technicians and faculty managers will lead training sessions for these tools and processes.
“The Making Center will allow students from across the schools to work alongside one another in a dynamic environment where cross-disciplinary collaboration is encouraged,” says Parsons Executive Dean Joel Towers. “When you bring different perspectives and conversations into the picture, you’re going to have more interesting outcomes.”
The university envisions a “hive of activity” where graduate and undergraduate students can work side-by-side.
“We will push the new space to help us think about the acts of teaching, learning, making, interaction, and collaboration in new, progressive ways,” said Will McHale. “It will be a petri dish of sorts, producing tangible evidence of ideas and thinking, as well as brilliant accidents and unknown trajectories that are the root of real innovation.”
Designed by Rice+Lipka Architects, the Making Center will occupy the basement, second and third floor of Parsons’ building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 13th Street, and will open fully for the fall 2016 term.

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