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Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Juventus – Impossible Worlds Project

A few students in the Art & Design 400 class, Impossible Worlds, used the facilities in Design Lab 1 for their project, Juventus. They were tasked with creating a scenario depicting a utopia/dystopia while employing the technologies they learned about in class. One of the groups decided to create a satirical world that illustrates the…

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Friday, February 28th, 2014

Introducing the Electronics Workbench

The Electronics Workbench is a new space in the Duderstadt Center. The Electronics Workbench has two soldering irons, an assortment of tools, and various electronic components and wire. It is intended for prototyping interactive projects, especially those that involve DIY electronics. Last month we gave the first round of orientations for the space to get…

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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Radical Library – Learning futility and humility lesson no. bajillion

The Radical Library was a DIY musical electronics club that I tried to start this semester, which didn’t work out for a couple of reasons. First, the idea; The idea was to start a club which would kind of just print out pdfs of books about electronics, circuit hacking, and various things from the Whole…

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Tuesday, February 18th, 2014


Digital Media Commons Design Labs are connected learning environments that support interdisciplinary academic communities. Each is a physical place, heavily staffed with students who are content experts and peer leaders – exploring new technologies and building community as they pursue their own research projects. Design Lab 1 hosts an academic community centered in making, with…

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Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Jacques Tati – Playtime

At the end of January, Design Lab 1 hosted a film screening for ARCH 572: Architectural Theory and Criticism, taught by Professor Amy Kulper.  The 1967 avant-garde triumph, Playtime, is one of only a handful of films that Jacques Tati (1909-1982) ever made, yet his influential legacy reaches beyond his anti-prolific tendencies.  ”His theme, his…

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