suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
mark t NICOL: In the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn’s DUMBO, a neighborhood with a rich industrial past & now a center for the arts, this business incubator draws on the neighborhood’s past, present and future. Community outreach programs are layered with research incubation to create robust hybrid conditions. Starter incubator space, researching aquatic advanced materials, is provided looking out over the East River toward Manhattan.
Research pods are plugged into the system as individual lines of research develop. Branching growth allows for connections with other teams thus creating opportunities for collaboration. To better understand this branching growth, various diffusion limited aggregation (DLA) models were built as a means of simulating natural crystalline growth structures. The research pods were then designed such that they would aggregate in a natural manner, providing structured order yet yielding room for variability.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
mtN: carla leitao, chris kroner, aranda\lasch, snowflakes, urban growth models
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
mtN: philip ball – branching & shapes, manuel delanda, black moth super rainbow, morning benders
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
mtN: l.e.ft, kokkugia, softlab, 1st avenue machine, neil delari, freeland buck