State of the Art

The Center for Design Thinking is a central hub supporting the growth and implementation of design thinking across the Manhattanville campus. Located in the picturesque former President’s Cottage, CDT is open to all students for independent study and design-thinking classes. Three floors of state-of-the-art classrooms are all equipped to encourage collaboration, featuring large worktables, whiteboards, projectors, and computers loaded with design software.

The FabLab

CDT’s fabrication laboratory, The FabLab, is where students can create prototypes and make their virtual designs come to life using the lab’s bank of 3D printers, a laser cutter, and vinyl cutter. Engaging in the practice and art of making is a crucial part of design thinking.

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE FAB LAB

LASER CUTTING FOR ACCESSIBILITY

In collaboration with Professor Geoffrey Kidde, Professor Justin Capalbo, Director of the FabLab, used a laser cutter to create tactile soundwave boards to assist students who are visually impaired.

INTRODUCTION TO MAKING AT THE FAB LAB

Instructor: Justin D. Capalbo

Classroom: Center for Design Thinking 105 (FAB LAB!)

This course, taught by Justin Capalbo, Director of the FabLab, uses project-based learning to foster a community of makers and give students the technical skills to bring their ideas to fruition. Students use design thinking to uncover and solve problems with the help of 3D printers, laser cutters, and traditional fabrication methods.

3-D PRINTING WORKSHOP

The Center for Design Thinking frequently hosts 3D-printing workshops, where Professor Justin Capalbo teaches students how to create and print their own designs. Check The Ville for future guided workshops. In addition, open studio hours at the FabLab are Wednesdays from 10:30pm 12:30 –am . Beginners welcome!

MEET THE DIRECTOR

Justin Capalbo

Justin Capalbo is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media at Manhattanville College and runs the Fab Lab in the Center for Design Thinking. He received his MFA in Photography from Long Island University and his work has been exhibited in New York, London, and other domestic and international galleries. He has taught both fine art and media production at the undergraduate and graduate level for the past six years. His current research deals with the potential homogenization of media due to the rise of artificial intelligence-based tools.

SEE HIS WORKSHOP AND THE FAB LAB