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Dry making zone: printmaking, lithography & silkscreen slip in below a tangle of existing building services. A newly restored light well beyond offers daylight & an expanded sense of space at the cellar level. ©Michael Moran
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Pivot point of U-plan, lined by project cubbies. ©Michael Moran
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In the midst of physical craft working spaces, R+L situated Parsons’ state-of-the-art technologies corral for 3D digital production. This zone houses technologies that will test limits of how and where everything is made, upending notions of supply-chain, local production, craft, micro-targeted production runs, and mass customization. ©Michael Moran
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Open work spaces with segregated dirty making wood & metal shop beyond. ©Michael Moran
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Partial axonometric view of 2nd floor at the ramped connection between 2W13 Street & 66 Fifth Avenue.
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The layout uses the innate linearity of the open U-plan, to organize space without compartmentalization.

The existing buildings combine to form an open “U” plan on the second floor, the bent linearity of which R+L used to organize a gradient of making spaces from dirty exploratory making (metal and woodwork) in the south leg to clean exploratory making (textile work) in the north leg.
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Dirty making: the wood & metal shop is the only isolated work area in the Center. ©Michael Moran
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Ramped connection between 2W13 Street & 66 Fifth Avenue and digital corral beyond.
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At a time when universities increasingly focus on maximizing assigned pedagogical space, the Making Center subverts this norm with a physical and programmatic openness that informally brings thinker-creators together. More than half of its 14,000 sf main level is dedicated to not being dedicated.
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The largeness of the continuous shared work space is moderated by R+L’s graphic plywood work/storage installations and two enclosed spaces - a small tool library and ventilated 3D printing room. Both rooms, as well as enclosed spaces in the Center’s lower level, are articulated as discreet plywood boxes that leave the space as a whole intact. ©Michael Moran
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The Making Center is a multi-disciplinary center for digital technologies & physical craft. ©Martin Seck
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Partial overview of the cellar level with dry & wet open work areas for printmaking, lithography, etching, silkscreen and ceramics.
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Printmaking exposure (left) & wet ceramics (right). Each program is graphically branded with a dark stain over plywood.
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Wet making: ceramics open work, ceramics studio, kiln room & drying zone. ©Michael Moran
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Section perspective through Making Center levels illustrating the close relationship to the street and SJDC glazed-roof quad designed by R+L.
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A R+L proposed glazed bridge studied a possible connection between the two legs of the U-plan as a way of creating a shortcut from the dirtiest to the most clean making zones.
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The connecting bridge would span across, and be visible from, the street level quad through its glazed roof, giving the Making Center a strong & immediate presence at Parsons main 2W13 Street entry.
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R+L proposed reorganizing & opening up an existing stair that may, in the future, more directly connect the two levels of the Making Center with the SJDC street level quad.

PARSONS MAKING CENTER

Parsons School of Design/The New School, New York, NY

R+L designed the new 26,000 sf multi-disciplinary Making Center for Parsons School of Design, situated in the heart of New York City, to support the most advanced practices in digital technology and physical craft in a raw, unprecious working environment. Stitching together spaces in two existing buildings, R+L conceived of the Center as a de-siloed making place where design students from Parson’s broad range of creative disciplines can work side-by-side. For the first time, the exploratory making & prototyping facilities of Parsons' diverse programs, including art, communication, media, printmaking, ceramics and fashion design along with architecture, lighting and interiors, are brought together in a single space accessible to the entire New School community.

At a time when universities increasingly focus on maximizing assigned pedagogical space, the Making Center subverts this norm with a physical and programmatic openness that informally brings thinker-creators together - and more than half of its 14,000 sf main level is dedicated to not being dedicated.

Taylor McNally-Anderson, senior designer
Alexander Crean, Lindsay Harkema, Ahmad Khan, Rachel Kim, Marisa Musing, Igsung So, Wayne Yan, Guanyi Zhang, design team