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Bethany Robertson is an amazing Brooklyn-based artist who gives her work away FOR FREE in a traveling suitcase to thousands of people whereever she goes. She tells the stories and impacts of her illustrations, Loveless Designs, through her many instagram followers. 

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From Churches to Hip Hop..Becoming Famous in Bushwick

BY JIMMY CEE
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 18, 2015

Jimmy Cee takes us on a journey of how he founded his own artist collective. 

Famous In Bushwick is a collective group of artists and individuals that live and work in the Bushwick community of Brooklyn. It was founded by local DJ; Jimmy Cee (The Gent) two years ago in partnership with Silky's Skateshop & Gr33n Cl3an and Gold Street Collective. The nucleus has grown to include Trip and Trap, and Napkinkilla. Famous in Bushwick specializes in production, events, and visual media. They are expert peer influencers in lifestyle.

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Shaping Space and Realities

BY LAUREN SLOWIK
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 18, 2015

Lauren Slowik is a self-proclaimed design evangelist, educator, and promoter of play.

In her presentation, she explores the infinite possibilities of shaping space and realities with advancing 3-d printing technology to create new physical connections.

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Fetishizing Fashion Brands

BY KEVIN JAEDON
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 18, 2015

"Where do you work?" After making the switch to men's fetishwear brand Nastypig, fashion designer Kevin Jaedon wants people to know that he is NOT a nasty pig! 

Kevin discusses how all brands give off distinct connotations. Whether designed to be high fashion, conservative and work-oriented, or to wear at the International Mister Leather convention, you never know who might actually be the brains behind what you are wearing! 

This was "Presentation of the Day" on Monday, August 11th, 2015. 

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Standing at the Crossroads of Biology, Computation, and Design

BY DAVID BENJAMIN
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 18, 2015

David Benjamin is Principal at The Living, a design firm that brings architecture and design to life — literally. David expounds upon some of the amazing projects his firm uses to combine natural, biological intelligence and artificial intelligence to find new solutions to old problems.

Whether it’s using living mussels and sensors to understand changes in water quality, or growing biodegradable bricks using the root-like structures of mushrooms and agricultural waste, and then building a structure using 10 thousand of these, the projects in action are a small window into our future.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on Tuesday, August 18th, 2015.

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Indulgent With Curiosity, Drunk With Creativity

BY MADDY MAXEY
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 18, 2015

Maddy Maxey's presentation is about curiosity and how to explore and nurtute it. Explore the growth of the mindset, be extremely wrong, update your beliefs, and make life your exciting studio!

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Honey Money - Sustainable Beekeeping in Africa

BY MARK GARDNER
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 18, 2015

"The real solution to the problem is when charity becomes unnecessary!" 

Mark Gardner tells the story about honey, african bees, social enterprise and social impact . The project pulled together people from several countries and delivered a community bee center complex to support cooperative farmers, locals and empower women.

This was "Prententaion of the Day" on July 22nd, 2015.

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Challengers and Icons

BY HAMISH CAMPBELL
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 18, 2015

Hamish Campbell is  talking about his independent design business Pearlfisher, presenting the pioneers, heroes, innovators, explorers, challengers, icons and he is focusing on the challenger and iconic principles in design.

This is "Presentaion of the Day" on June 24, 2015. 

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Learning to Love Your Obsessions

BY BRIGETTE BORDERS
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 18, 2015

Brigette Borders is an artist, designer, educator, and a producer at Google. She loves geometry. 

Her artistic and architecural studies allowed her to overcome some (but not all!) of her obsessive compulsive behaviors, through encaustic painting and pattern making. 

 

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Standing at the Crossroads of Biology, Computation, and Design


"We applied that algorithm [extracted from xylem cell exoskeletons] to design objects at a different scale."
From Standing at the Crossroads of Biology, Computation, and Design at Brooklyn Vol. 4David Benjamin, Principal at The Living, a design firm that brings architecture and design to life, expounds upon some of the amazing projects his firm uses to combine natural, biological intelligence and artificial intelligence to find new solutions to old problems. Whether it’s using living mussels and sensors to understand changes in water quality, or growing biodegradable bricks using the root-like structures of mushrooms and agricultural waste, and then building a structure using 10 thousand of these, the projects in action are a small window into our future.

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About the City's Organizers

  • Emma Exley

    Emma is a Brooklyn-based artist, educator, and scuba diver.

  • Kristen Smith

    Kristen Smith is Director of FabCafe NYC with 4+ years of experience in the maker community. After graduating from University of Colorado, Kristen gained experience in public engagement at the Denver Art Museum and MoMA in New York. Following New York, Kristen moved to Milwaukee where she led a team of makers to develop and launch the Kohl’s Design It! Lab in partnership with Kohl’s Cares. Since 2010, this program has received $4M in grants and reached an audience of 480,000+ participants. She has been spending the past six weeks touring around Asia visiting FabCafe Tokyo, FabCafe Hong Kong, FabCafe Taipei, and FabCafe Bangkok. Following this trip, Kristen will return to NYC to launch FabCafe NYC.