David Belt, Executive Director and Founder, Macro Sea, Maria Aiolova, Co-Founder, Terreform ONE, Jessica Banks, Co-Founder, Rock Paper Robot, and Marcel Botha, CEO, 10xBETA, discuss how creatives and artists are adopting the capabilities of 3-D printing. The discussion is moderated by Megan Garber, Senior Writer, The Atlantic.
Maria Aiolova is an educator, architect and urban designer in New York City. Her work is focused on the theory, science and application of ecological design. She is the founding Co-President of Terreform ONE. In 2013, Maria was appointed Academic Director of Global Architecture and Design of CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange). Presently, Maria chairs the ONE Lab NY School for Design and Science and the One Prize Design and Science Award.
Jessica Banks is a roboticist, engineer and designer who creates kinetic furniture that she sells through her company, Rock Paper Robot. Among Jessica’s other creative pursuits, she’s a skull-ptor - she decorates small animal skulls (without the animals) and turns them into tiny works of art.
David Belt is the founder and Executive Director of Macro Sea. David is an active real estate developer who has developed a diverse range of projects that vary widely in size, scope, and location.
David is also the founder and Managing Partner of DBI, a firm specializing in real estate development, construction consulting and project management. DBI has successfully developed and managed residential, educational, non-profit, commercial, high-end retail and infrastructure projects.
David is engaged in a number of philanthropic activities. He has consulted and donated services and intellectual capital to the Robin Hood Foundation related to the build-out of nonprofit facilities throughout NYC, and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Philadelphia-based Community Design Collaborative. He also serves on the board of Rooftop Films and St. John's Bread and Life, and the lead investor of Socialvest.
Currently, David and Macro Sea are working on a redevelopment in Philadelphia to create a new home for Brooklyn-based 3rd Ward art collective, including artist studios, workshops, and classroom space. They are also developing a concept called Project 128, which will bring interdisciplinary high-tech fabrication and collaboration to a former shipbuilding facility in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Marcel is a Design Engineer, and former Architect, specializing in conceptualizing and shaping complex digital and physical products and services into existence. He has helped Fortune 500 clients, top-tier academic institutions and venture-backed startups accelerate growth and gain market share through a unique applications of creative business typologies and design thinking practice.
Most recently Marcel founded www.recapsulin.com and www.10xBETA.com. Contemporary professional experiments include www.thebetacup.com. Prior to 2009, Marcel was COO and Director of Design at SNIF Labs, a MIT Media Lab inspired startup developing Active RFID products for commercial and health care applications, where he managed the tangible product development process, manufacturing and overall product launch.
His research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) focused on mass customization and digital fabrication, conducted in association with the Digital Design Fabrication Group and the Center for Bits & Atoms. At the MIT Media Lab he collaborated with the Smart Cities Group and the Design Laboratory on Innovation engagements for General Motors, Mercedes-Benz and the RATP.
Megan Garber is a staff writer at The Atlantic. She was formerly an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab, where she wrote about innovations in the media.