Best maverick research lab - 2006
Graffiti Research Lab
TheGraffiti Research Lab, headquartered at tech-arts center Eyebeam in Chelsea, is New York's only facility devoted to studying and developing cool tools for graffiti artists. Masterminded by Evan Roth—who wrote his prizewinning master's thesis at Parsons on analyzing graffiti using motion-tracking and computer code—and former robotics researcher James Powderly, the group dreams up innovative techniques for urban communication. They drum up ideas like electric messages studded with glowing LEDs, surreal video projections of graffiti being "drawn" on buildings, and a giant glow-in-the-dark school bus. Coming soon to a street near you.