This past year NYU, in partnership with the City of New York, completed the transformation of the long-empty 500,000-square- foot Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) building into an innovation hub for engineering, applied science, urban science, digital technology, and digital media.
Five years in the making, the new facility welcomed its first tenant, the Center for Urban Science and Progress, and is expected to soon be fully occupied, as home to a media commons, audio labs, motion capture labs, Virtual Reality rooms, black box theaters, a performance space, an exhibit hall, workshop spaces, and classrooms. Tenants will include Tandon’s Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering departments and the Integrated Digital Media (IDM) program, the Media and Games Network (MAGNET), and three departments from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts: the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, the Interactive Telecommunications/Interactive Media Arts programs (ITP and IMA), and the Center for Game Design.
There’s never a dull moment at the NYU Tandon MakerSpace, housed at 6 MetroTech Center in Brooklyn. Visit the bi-level, 10,000-square-foot facility on any given day of the year and you might see orthotic devices being manufactured, an autonomous vehicle being assembled, or a lively workshop on Raspberry Pi being conducted. A haven for Tandon’s aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs, the MakerSpace, which boasts numerous pieces of high- end equipment, recently celebrated its second anniversary.