BUILD NYC, an installation of interactive building stations

BUILD NYC is an installation of interactive building stations with playful materials and design challenges that expose people to diverse works of architecture, engineering and construction. Designed for New Yorkers of all ages and always free, elements include:

  • LEGO, Magna-Tiles, Imagination Playground blocks, connect-able straws, and other materials for building;
  • printed cards with activities conceived by architects and educators;
  • books on architecture and engineering;
  • custom-designed tables for building together, and eight benches for seating; 
  • staff to set up and run the program (one program staff member and one manager);
  • an option for hosts, professionals from related fields, and other organizations to participate by adding special activities.

Here’s what happens: materials are colorful and attract people over. People gather around and begin building. Some try prompts and daily challenges. Others are inspired by what they see in books, by what others are building, or by the streetscape. Many create their own designs, to which others then contribute. People build alone or together, some for just a few minutes, others for much longer. People love the experience of building with their hands and playing with these materials. This program has served New Yorkers since 2018.

Help us bring BUILD NYC to more neighborhoods!

BUILD NYC is traveling across New York City with a special focus on underserved neighborhoods where art and education resources can be scarce. Your donation can help us share these great materials in all neighborhoods of New York City.

Become a sponsor of BUILD NYC!

BUILD NYC is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The Laura B. Vogler

Start-up funding for program development generously provided by The Laura B. Vogler Foundation.

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Blog posts about BUILD NYC:

Building together on Doyers St in Chinatown

Building together on Doyers St in Chinatown

  BUILD NYC is our new program that offers New Yorkers a way to build together, side-by-side, on the street. This weekend we landed on Doyers St in Chinatown (currently a temporary pedestrian plaza) hosted by our friends at Chinatown Partnership. Thanks to...

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Building together on Montague St in Brooklyn Heights

Building together on Montague St in Brooklyn Heights

Our newest program BUILD NYC landed at a busy street festival hosted by Montague St BID in Brooklyn Heights. Made possible with support from Montague St BID and also the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Thanks as...

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We're getting a "new" name... Street Lab.

The Uni Project is the work of Street Lab, a nonprofit launched in 2006 in Boston, where we created community-oriented programs for public space. In 2011, we migrated Street Lab to New York City and launched the Uni Project. The Uni began as a single, portable reading room and has since grown into a city-wide initiative offering more than 700 days of pop-up programming in 150+ public spaces across the city. In 2019, we are re-introducing our original name Street Lab to tie all this work together going forward, with much more to come.

For now, details about our programs are available here on the Uni Project web site. Soon, that content will move to Thanks for sticking with us!