Urbacraft's first "Craft-a-thon" in NYC



Urbacraft, a producer of simple but scalable building blocks for urban buildings, will host its first “Craft-A-Thon” for designers and makers in New York City.

Unlike other building blocks for kids, Urbacraft’s building blocks are composed of only two essential types of the block - the block for the floor and the one for the wall. This simple but powerful structure has been incorporated in the urban architecture for hundreds of years and gives urban architects lots of scalability in designing cities.

Urbacraft is the first company to present this sophisticated method of building to not only children but those who are enthusiastic to building and making.


  • 1st Place - 3rd Place
    • TBA ($$ monetary reward TBA and partnership deal with Urbacraft)


      • Ayssar Arida, Co-founder of Urbacraft
      • Luke Schantz, Professional Creator
      • TBA from XRC Labs, a startup accelerator co-founded by Parsons School of Design
      • More to be announced

    Six Hour Design Competition

    The purpose of this craft-a-thon is to make full use of Urbacraft’s simple but scalable philosophy to build things by connecting to other platforms such as littleBits’. In a make-a-thon in Beirut, Lebanon, some people created extensible furniture on the wall.

    The Craft-A-Thon will be started with a conversation (speakers TBA) and Ayssar Arida, Co-founder of Urbacraft, to address the concept of the building block and fun of making.

    Participants are able to prepare for this craft-a-thon in advance, but they need to complete crafting their ideas into work and presentation within the six hours, followed by a brief introduction of the work by each participant. Participants can be a group of people.

    We will make some resources available during the craft-a-thon, such as 3D printers and cutters, and professionals to help.


    • Place: The Coffee Foundry, 186 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014
    • Date: Saturday, January 9th, 2016
    • Time Schedule:
      • 8:30am Doors open
      • 9:00am - 10:00am Opening Conversation
      • 10:00am - 4:00pm Craft-A-Thon
      • 4:00pm - 4:30pm Break
      • 4:30pm - 5:00pm Presentation by participants
      • 5:00pm - 5:30pm Prizes and Wrap-up
      • 6:00pm Doors closed

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    • The event description was updated. Diff 2015-12-14 20:25:59
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    Sat Jan 9, 2016
    8:30 AM - 6:00 PM EST
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    Venue Address
    186 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014 United States
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