Last week, our taste of Brooklyn touched on the excitingly vibrant art scene.
One of the reasons it is hard to ignore Brooklyn’s importance as a creativity hub.
This week we explore Brooklyn’s role further as a think tank, incubator and accelerator of innovation in fashion design and science.
American Fashion’s New Innovation Epicenter
Brooklyn is on the cusp of becoming the new fashion-quake epicenter by redefining the future of American fashion by magically transforming into America’s hottest fashion design and manufacturing innovation hub.
Construction began during NY Fashion week in February 2016 on a 60,000-square-foot research and development facility that will also launch emerging designers and bolster local manufacturing.
The NYC Economic Development Corp. invested $3.5 million in cutting-edge facilities for textiles and design innovation, wearable tech and sample making. An incubator space will provide studio space for 50 designers, conference rooms, computers, and an industrial sewing room.
In Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute has also unveiled a 21,000 square foot Fashion-Design Accelerator space with a 3D fabricating, printing and laser-cutting studio and small-run manufacturing capabilities, plus a retail space.
Brooklyn’s BioTech Innovation Incubator
Is the world ready for mind-blowing concepts like growable leather? Or growable architecture? Gen Space is a studio think-tank and non-profit workshop where scientists, artists, engineers, writers and biologists can work together to explore innovating the future.
The environment has developed a host of innovations from growable kill-free leather to mycelium mushroom structures. Generating some ground-shaking future concepts, the brilliant Dr. Joachim Mitchell presented the extraordinary process of growable materials at a recent New York Times Luxury Conference. Printing cells in vitro or tissue engineering, to make articulated victim-less leather was one. With a price point at $3,400/meter, it seems to qualify as luxury.
Joachim’s company TERREFORM ONE is working towards other mind-blowing ecological and synthetic biological principles concepts for sustainable urban life:
- bio-designed meat or mycelium mushroom structures
- climactic tall buildings
- green master planning
- urban self-sufficiency infrastructures
- smart mobility vehicles
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