"Designing the Future" at BLDG 92

Located on the third floor of BLDG 92, “Designing the Future” is a small, rotating exhibit featuring the work of students in local graduate and undergraduate design programs.  Many graduates of such institutions have established businesses in today’s thriving Brooklyn Navy Yard. A sure way to support the Yard’s future growth—including creating new jobs, strengthening our commitment to environmental sustainability and being a good neighbor to our surrounding communities—is to nurture the talents of future Yard innovators and entrepreneurs. To that end, we have developed the “Designing the Future” program.

The first two “Designing the Future” installations featured student work from New York City College of Technology, Pratt Institute and NYU-Poly. Products included architectural interior designs, a coffee maker, a ski boot, 3-D printing applications, jewelry and remotely controlled robotic fish.

2014 Submissions

Submissions for the 2014 installation of “Designing the Future” should take inspiration from our upcoming exhibit, Making it in NYC: the Era of New Manufacturing. This exhibit explores the growing nationwide maker phenomenon, focusing on the disruptive power of artists, techies and traditional manufacturers who are driving the “new manufacturing” movement locally. The exhibit looks at developments in 3-D printing and fabrication technologies and rapid prototyping, trends in collaborative working models and crowd-sourced funding, and challenges in local sourcing—all factors affecting a revolution in product design and business development. Applicants should submit proposals related to one of five key industry sectors highlighted in the exhibit: building & construction; furnishings & home goods; energy & resiliency; tech & media; fashion & apparel. Applicants are welcome and encouraged to be creative in their interpretation of this theme.

Note that the “Designing the Future Case measures 5’2”h x 6’9”w x 1’9”d and provides 1 electrical outlet and overhead lighting.

How To Apply

Completed applications should be emailed to designingfuture@bldg92.org with the subject line, “Designing the Future 2014 Submission.” Student work must be nominated by faculty. We will accept up to three nominations from each faculty member. Applicants will present their work and pitch their product to a panel of industry judges in a program that is open to the public. Taking audience response into consideration, the panel of judges will choose the winners at the competition.


Download an application here.



Program Information Release Date: 2/12/2014

Submissions Deadline: 4/1/2014

Notification to Finalists: Invitation to Pitch Your Product: 4/16/2014

Pitch Your Product Event & Winners Chosen: 5/7/2014

Installation and Unveiling: September 2014

Questions or for more information email designingfuture@bldg92.org