The new Dolphin Design Center at the Maryland Institute College of Art is a state-of-the-art maker building designed to house program space for MICA’s product design, architectural design, and interactive arts/ game design departments as well as fabrication and exhibit spaces.
Touted as the third industrial revolution, the Maker Movement continues to thrive. The accessibility of personal technology coupled with a desire for self-reliance and original works has given rise to this new culture. Centered on the concepts of self-directed learning and collaboration, makers learn new skills and create by doing, both receiving and offering insight to those around them. The informal, open studio spaces of the Dolphin Design Center allow for hands-on exploration of a wide range of project types and sizes. Flexible power access and moveable furniture encourage students and faculty to move around—interacting with others, sharing resources and knowledge, and solving challenges.