"Project design" — from ideation to implementation — is at the heart of everything Pilot Projects does. In addition to commissioned client work, we invent integrative projects that turn pressing systems challenges into development opportunities.
Our proposal for the LES BID explores ways to help very small businesses exploit an under-used site along an increasingly busy stretch off Rivington Street.
Design conception: June 2013
Process: Design development underway
Preserve a landmark. Protect a rainforest. Cultivate a global partnership.
Design conception: 2008-2013
Budget: $5M - $20M
Process: Collaborating with @MASNYC and the Wildlife Conservation Society
Bowery Mission expands to serve Spanish Harlem. Pilot Projects hired to design ground floor community co-working space, help desk, and a professional services clinic.
Design conception: March, 2013
Process: Phase One construction complete
High-performance non profit challenge: add 30 staff to existing SoHo workplace.
Design conception: Jan. 2013
Process: Sandbox strategy and planning with custom furniture design
Parking garages that do nothing but store cars need to step up. We propose adding secure, staffed bike parking; solar-electric stations; a community roof garden; coffee; and more.
Design conception: 2012
Process: Currently collaborating with LES BID
Start an international revolution in urban hydration? Yes. We’ll begin with 100 public drinking fountains that are much better than expensive, plastic-wrapped water.
Design conception: 2010-2012
Process: Research completed 2012. Seeking city approvals. “Respect the Fountain” performance: Aug. 2012. Will be presented at @MASNYC Summit for New York City in Oct. 2013.
What a waste, what an opportunity! A project to identify, reclaim, recycle and restore New York City’s abandoned bicycles.
Design conception: 2012-2013
Budget: $1M (annual) LES Pilot: $100,000
Process: In discussion with City officials, LES BID and cycling orgs.
The bio-industrial armature we proposed for Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal used 40 shipping containers holding bio-remediation wetland plants and soil to clean sewer overflow waste water.
Design conception: Dec. 2012
Process: Awarded Honorable Mention for Urban Ecology
These park chairs were designed to smooth the Battery Park Lawn as people moved them around.
Design conception: Nov. 2012
Process: Submitted to "Draw up a Chair" Design Competition
Can the purse be redesigned to be more useful, more adaptable, and less expensive? Pilot Projects intern Anne Chen pursued a structural approach.
Design conception: 2013
Process: First prototypes complete. Further exploration pending.
What if you could do more at an interstate rest stop than just rest? The Power Playground is a kinetic sculpture that uses your workout to power an air compressor.
Design conception: 2010
Budget: Estimated unit cost $20 - $50K
Process: In design development phase. Seeking funding partner
Can a feral cat shelter in Central Park provide an opportunity for hands-on learning? Here is Pilot Projects’ contribution to the Architects for Animals annual charity event, hosted by Steelcase.
Design conception: 2013
Process: Research based on extensive fort-building and wilderness survival training. Not seeking city approvals, but rather adventurous kids ready to build forts for cats in the park.
Projects that made us who we are
What is a Pilot Project? Something small and specific which catalyzes change in a large way.
Pilot Projects was born out of our past experiences - which have proved to us that small yet innovative interventions can lead to monumental change. Here are some of our stories that paved the way for our current work:
Sandbox: The origin of a new tool: 2M square feet., 3000 employees, and 25 execs negotiating workspace allocation in a locked room.
Steam Cafe: A story of how food met tech to solve the problem of lackluster campus dining — and get people talking and bonding.
Idea Room: How a siloed organization created a glass conference room, and siloes (not the glass) shattered.
News Desk: A story about a mandate from a producer: “no technology on the table.”