[hackerspaces] efficient bench usage - what is the proper term for the "clean slide" option?

Frantisek Apfelbeck algoldor at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 17 04:56:26 CEST 2012

Hi to all,
What is the name of concept when you try to have some place as ready as possible for as many activities as possible with minimal amount of changes which would have to be done in between these activities? An example: a bench in hackerspace has to serve to a group which wants to work with electronics and solder, at other time to program, later on do sewing etc. The best option would be probably to have the bench completely clean with additional label "be excellent asshole and clean your shit after yourself, thank you!" but I do not know how to call it in "English". "Clean slide?" Another example is to use a futon to sleep in the room making your bed every day in the evening, cleaning in the morning and using the room for other purposes during the day.

The reason why I'm asking is that I've got a position of a coordinator/advisor in a brewing laboratory so I'm making a list of proposals for improvements. Having a clean benches all the time with detergent and cleaning sponge by the sink is one of the important topics on the list and it is a general practice in most of the good labs but I'm missing the "terminus technicus." I do believe that this "clean slide option" is the most time efficient one in environments where many different activities are carried out - like hackerspaces. 

I could try to put more effort in finding the proper term but I have found the hard way that it is better to ask for words/terms like these the native speakers/specialist.

Many thanks for any suggestions or links discussing these topics/styles of organization.


Frantisek Algoldor Apfelbeck

biotechnologist&kvasir and hacker


"There is no way to peace, peace is the way." Ghandi
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