title | DIYdock
client | onelab oneprize competition, nyc 2014
team | cyrus dahmubed + bryan yang
Brooklyn Navy Yards boasts a rich naval history with a wealth of drydocks, the source of inspiration for DIYdock, an interdisciplinary studio space centered on the use of cloud networking and digital projections. Using the drydock as both a historical and metaphorical foundation, our proposal seeks to foster interdisciplinary work through the immediate projection of the work produced by those within the studio onto the floating Vessel overhead, thereby creating a cloud of creativity that will inspire the cross-fertilization of ideas. As students and faculty download and save their files, their work is automatically projected onto the underbelly of the overhead Vessel, which houses the lecture hall and exhibition space. The Vessel will therefore be a dynamic representation of a diversity of creative ideas constantly in flux.
The studio spaces themselves also encourage interdisciplinary work as their ramps and tiers constantly cause students and faculty to brush up against each others’ work, while the centrally-located, highly-visbile lounge, the Slip, functions as a gathering and co-working space. Perturbed by the way in which bookshelves too often become dividers in even the most well intentioned attempts at fostering cooperation between design disciplines, DIYdock eschews standard forms of space and thinking to create a space for a future of design without walls.