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Startup Spotlight: Grey & Ivy

This innovative platform is teaching students what can’t be taught: creativity

The creative process is very difficult to map out, unlike so many other processes, the creative process is not linear, so boiling creativity down to a few concrete steps is something that simply cannot be done. It’s for this reason that it was often thought that creativity is a process that simply cannot be taught, someone either has it or they don’t. But Nate Kasten, Architect and founder of Grey & Ivy, begs to differ.

It all started when Nate was at home with his two girls during the lockdown. The idea struck Nate to use his architectural skills to help the girls work on a collaborative project with him. He asked them if they would like to design their own playhouses, which sparked a remarkable enthusiasm in the girls. “They got very excited because they’re so used to being given work, so getting to work on a project with me collaboratively really sparked their creativity,” said Nate. “I asked the girls to draw their own playhouse, thinking maybe I could find some way to put that into our software at work. Then I wondered if I could take this to the next level by helping them create a life-sized floor plan based on their drawings. That’s when I realized we could use Lego’s to turn what was once a children’s drawing into a miniature prototype.”

Nate realized that by involving his children in the creation and production process of building out their playhouse, they were taking a very holistic approach to learning what was thought to be unteachable: the creative process. By bringing kids into the designing process, not only would they be more passionate about their learning, but they would also go on to learn the step-by-step process of architecture.

Nate took this knowledge and went on to create a video game that allows kids to design and build their very own playhouse- but this game teaches students far more than the design process. This teaches users the entire process of architectural design through children. By providing youth with holistic, comprehensive resources like this one, Grey & Ivy is building out the tools that a society needs to actually sustain the work they need. This can be particularly useful for indigenous communities, where community involvement is a crucial part of the design process. 

Nate attributes the entire concept to his two girls- their creativity and passion being a vital part of the company’s conception. “They’re the reason why this all started,” said Nate “and ever since I introduced them to this creation process, they haven’t been able to stop! The only thing that we lack is the tools to bring some of these ideas to life, which is why I am so excited to bring them to the Fabrication Lab. A big reason why we chose to join the Founders Program is the creativity that the company inspires. From the Fabrication Lab to the Innovation Hub, their passion and creativity is absolutely contagious.” 

To learn more about the Founders Program, click here 

To learn more about the Fabrication Lab, click here

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