[hackerspaces] Dream Space

Agent 5 ag3nt5 at dc401.org
Fri Dec 20 16:18:16 CET 2013

I would design everything as modular as possible. First I'd look at what
activities would happen in/around that space, and figure out where they
overlap via equipment. Then categorize what environment that needs to be
done in. In our space, we separated the heavy machinery from the cubicles
and servers. The welding and woodworking could be done in a well ventilated
area downstairs, and the area upstairs was heated better with less noise
pollution. If you have outdoor space, I would even look into CNCing a few
structures (http://www.wikihouse.cc/) for either private quiet study,
soundstage, mini photo/video studio, or welding/woodworking in the winter.
Structures like that don't cost very much when buying materials in bulk AND
they can be taken apart, moved, and stored.

-Library and cafe area. Relaxation and collection of thought is important.
-Demo space. A safe place to let your robots loose without destroying
everything else.
-Meeting space. Large one for public. Smaller one for private.
-Greenhouse. Don't think about it, just build one. Preferably one you can
sit in. Every great inventor of the renaissance had an atrium as it
promotes thought. And for that matter, the bio-eng nerds will use it.
Aquaculture too.
-Food engineering. If possible, it would be great to have a certified
kitchen. Restaurant popups and startups could use it. Heck, you could even
host popups in the hackerspace.
-Clean rooms. One for Biotech, one for Electronic.
-Scrap heap. Designated supply place for spare materials. Must be suitable
for storing and cataloging.
-Welding area and Woodworking area. Proper ventilation, noise, and eye
-Treadmill desks. Walking and thinking go very well together. Often free to
-High energy lab. I know we're getting a little space age here and it
probably wouldn't be used, but it would be damn cool.


On Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 9:53 AM, Joshua Pritt <ramgarden at gmail.com> wrote:

> You could put the 3D printers in the same area as the laser cutter and
> electronics fab lab.  This way you can build a circuit then laser cut an
> acrylic box or 3D print a box for it.
> I would also have a space with a large table or a few small tables with
> nice chairs for the programmer / software / graphic artist / CAD types to
> spend their time working on their craft.
> On Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 1:12 AM, bownes <bownes at gmail.com> wrote:
>> As I mentioned earlier, TVCoG just landed a $550k grant to buy and rehab
>> a building here in Troy N.Y.  As anyone cN probably guess that's going to
>> be a fraction of the total bill, but it's a heck of a start.
>> I'm the space planner/manager for our existing 5,000 ft facility and,
>> truth be told we are already pretty cramped with a wood shop, metal shop,
>> welding room, electronics, 3d print area, office, social and storage space.
>> Many of the tools are on wheels so they can be moved into an open area to
>> be used, or at put away in storage area when not in use (textiles
>> especially).
>> Today I was handed the blank blueprints for the building we are getting.
>> The shop space will almost double in size to just under 10k ft.
>> Despite a desire to put in a dedicated space for *.*, it makes more sense
>> to keep it pretty open and flexible IMHO.
>> My question is this, given a blank sheet of paper, what would you want,
>> space wise, for elements of a space? Would you wall off 3d printing from
>> fiber arts? Metal shop? Electronics?
>> Would you like exterior light more for a metal shop or a wood shop? What
>> would describe the dream space and what would you do different from what
>> you have now? What lessons have you learned were you to move in all over
>> again? ( I'd put the vacuum and compressed air systems in _first_ for
>> example)
>> Things you think I might keep in mind? Mistakes or successes?
>> Thanks!
>> Bob
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