A team of 25 NYIT architecture and engineering students have launched a fundraising campaign on kickstarter.com to raise $15,000 by Monday, May 21 for their trip to Costa Rica this summer to build a community-run recycling and education center. Money raised will help fund their living expenses while in Costa Rica from July 1 to Aug. 31, and cover the cost of a professional documentary about the project. Learn more about the project at a film screening and reception on Thursday, May 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. Read more, follow them on Facebook, and check out kickstarter.com.
An interdisciplinary team of NYIT architecture, engineering, and M.B.A. students will compete for more than $150K in prizes at the New York State Business Plan Competition on April 26 in Albany, N.Y. They will pitch a business plan for using recycled soda bottles as roofing material. Read more.
Mike Nolan, associate professor of architecture, has produced "Lookout Science," the second in a 10-part series of sci-fi music videos released on April 2 on USAToday.com. The video features Erin Hill and Her Psychedelic Harp. Nolan and Hill are a husband-wife band and production team. For the project, Nolan served as musician, recording engineer, programmer, mixer, and producer on the music side and as producer, creative consultant, co-set designer, carpenter, cook, and driver on the video production side. The video series was made possible by the couple's successful fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.com, which is among the all-time top 40 most successful music fundraising campaigns on the Web site.
Writing about architecture is both profession and pleasure for John Hill, adjunct assistant professor of architecture at NYIT-Manhattan. He is an avid blogger and author of the book, Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture. "Architecture infiltrates most aspects of my waking lifework, reading, talking, photographingso I never really considered writing about anything else," he says. Read more about his book, blogs, and courses at NYIT.
The deadline has been extended to Monday, March 26 for The Friends of NYIT School of Architecture and Design's 2012-13 Graduating Scholarship. Awards will be granted based on merit and will recognize well-rounded, hardworking students who perform well in their area of study. Students must be in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and receive a positive endorsement from their advisor and/or another faculty member.