4th Floor of ITP at 721 Broadway, photo by Jason Huff
NYU’s ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program) celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2009, but much of the program dates back to forty years ago. The graduate program is “dedicated to pushing the boundaries of interactivity in the real and digital worlds.” This year is also a landmark year as founder Red Burns is starting to archive the program's history. The archive is beginning just as New York City, with its thriving startup scene, is starting to feel geeky enough to be a natural home for the innovative program.1 Beyond its original intentions, the program is pioneering in "physical computing," as coined by a faculty member. It has even managed intellectual property policies that let students keep full ownership of their ideas.
(1) Correction Dec 16, 2011: Originally the article stated that "Red" Lloyd Burns is retiring and leaving the program. This was a error and has been changed to correct her name and highlight the archive started to collect the program's history.
(2) Correction Dec 15, 2011: Martin Elton was the original chairman of the ITP program in 1979, until Red Burns became chairman in 1983.
(3) Correction Dec 15, 2011: Daniel Shiffman was a student until 2003 not 2002.
(4) Correction Dec 16, 2011: Daniel Shiffman was not the creator of the first Processing course at ITP. He created the course called "Procedural Painting" in 2004 which used Processing. The course was a success, and according to Shiffman, Processing became the new language taught in the "Introduction to Computational Media" course in the Fall of 2004.