NYIT students from the School of Architecture and Design are using their flair for sustainable design to transform a Long Island boxing gym into an Olympic-worthy community destination for fitness and health education. On May 7, they presented their design for the renovation and expansion of an existing Police Athletic League (PAL) boxing gym in Freeport, N.Y., to the town's mayor Andrew Hardwick. The PAL boxing program is run by Freeport native Joe Higgins, who has been training young men and women as boxers for amateur Golden Glove and Olympic competitions for several years. Some of his boxers will be contenders in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Strong academic performance, proper nutrition, and athletic discipline are the foundation of the gym's training program. View a photo gallery of architectural renderings of the design by NYIT students.
In two weeks, NYIT architecture and engineering students have raised more than the target number of $15,000 from 130 supporters on kickstarter.com to fund their trip to Nosara, Costa Rica, this summer to build a recycling and education center. Their efforts continue, with a new goal to reach $24,000 by Monday, May 21. The additional money will be used to support student travel, ground transportation, expensive specialty film equipment needed to shoot during the rainy season, and—best of all—one third of the funds raised above the initial goal will go to the local community as a cash donation to purchase construction materials for the project. Thank you to the NYIT community for its support!
NYIT students impressed judges at the New York State Business Plan Competition on April 26 with their pitch for a water-bottle roofing system, an ongoing research project of NYIT's School of Architecture and Design. The interdisciplinary team, including architecture students Brian Strydom and Ishaan Kumar, won the $1,000 Judges' Choice Award. Their presentation stood out among tough competition from other teams, including those pitching doctoral work. Students were coached by faculty mentors Jason Van Nest, assistant professor of architecture; Michele Bertomen, associate professor of architecture; and Farzana Gandhi, visiting assistant professor of architecture.
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.