A space dedicated to design thinking
Capen Annex is the new home of the Design Thinking Initiative. It is a space for exploratory learning and for experimentation with the curriculum. The building has a classroom and prototyping studio, a meeting room and a co-working office used by the directors, instructors, administrators, and student design partners.
The building was designed and renovated over the Fall 2015 semester and occupied in January 2016. To date is has served as a learning space for design thinking workshops and for students in our flagship courses:
- IDP 116 Introduction to Design Thinking (Offered J-term 2016, 1 credit)
- IDP 316 [Critical] Design Thinking Studio (Offered Spring 2016 and Fall 2016 , 4 credits)
Workshops in Capen Annex have been tailored to students, faculty, staff, Smith College Campus School teachers, as well as Smith College alumnae.
Capen Annex is open for semester-long use to recipients of the Design Thinking Initiative’s Curriculum Enhancement Grant. Requests are being accepted for innovative uses of the classroom and prototyping studio in the service of transforming existing courses, conceiving new collaborative or co-taught courses, or adding learning opportunities in the curriculum that go beyond the traditional format of a course.
Come get your design on!
To make a request to reserve Capen Annex, contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include the group name, contact name, purpose of your meeting, as well as date and time in your request.
Using Capen Annex
Work in the Prototyping Studio
Resources in Capen Annex
Handtools and eTextiles Station
– Hammers, drills etc
– Sewing machine and fabric kits
– Electronics sensors and kits such as Arduino, Lilypad, MakeyMakey, SparkFun Inventors’ Kit.
Laser Cutter Station
– Epilog Zing Laser Cutter
– The iMac desktop in this station has Windows/OS dual boot. We currently have CorelDraw and AutoCAD installed.
3D Printer Station
– FormLabs2 3D Printer
Vinyl Cutter Station
– Roland desktop vinyl cutter with proprietary software (Adobe CS extension) already installed
Getting to Capen Annex
The address for Capen Annex is 25A Henshaw Ave, Northampton, MA 01063.
Capen Annex is the yellow and brown house across from Davis Ballroom, behind Cutter-Z.