HOW CAN FREE AND OPEN ACCESS TO PUBLIC WORKSHOP SPACES CONTRIBUTE CONSTRUCTIVELY TO THE EMERGING DESIGNER / MAKER CULTURE?
What did you want to find out?
Through the ‘Made in Public’ project, I wanted to find out how free and open access to public workshop spaces can contribute constructively to the emerging designer-maker culture. The main focus of maker culture is using and learning practical skills, and applying them creatively.
What has inspired you?
During my master studies in design, I went on a research trip to London, where I investigated the local maker culture and a very impressive open workshops network. Another major inspiration for my project was the education manifesto ‘Our future is in the making – it is in our hands’, published by the British Crafts Council in November 2014.
What was the result?
JIn order to give the maker culture a push, I decided to facilitate creative activity within the urban commons. As a result, I came up with a free and open-access mobile workspace, the Creation Station. Creation is achieved through the act of making or producing. A station refers to a base, which is equipped for research, service and work.
What could this mean for society?
The Creation Station is supposed to function as a low technology platform for different people’s ideas and needs. On the one hand, it is a statement against our throwaway society and consumerism, while, on the other, it is an invitation to everyone to create, repair or invent things in public.
For more information and documentation please visit the following page: http://cargocollective.com/madeinpublic