[hackerspaces] understaing some hackerspace history

ijon at c-base.org ijon at c-base.org
Mon Sep 4 10:44:45 CEST 2023

not entirely sure if this even was a legislative move, or just an administrative decision of the city of berlin. The building in which c-base is, is owned by a cooperative (Rungestr. 20). That cooperative was founded in ~2000 and bought the building from the WBM (WBM Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Berlin-Mitte), which is a state owned housing organisation for the district of Mitte in Berlin. 
The building was previously a government building from the GDR and was used as central book storage. After the GDR broke down, the WBM had rented out this very dilapidated building to creative people and artists for a temporary period for very cheap. 
Through state subsidies and because of the fact that the WBM was acting as security for a line of credit, the cooperative was enabled to buy the house. if that line of credit would have defaulted, the building would've been repossessed by WBM. 
c-base was founded in 1995, but had a prior location, which was in the Oranienburger Str. 3, before c-base moved in 2000 in the Rungestr. 20. When the Cooperative was founded, a large amount of repairwork and reconstruction had to be done, so that c-base actually moved out of that location for several months, while the location was being restored. I believe c-base moved back in the cooperative in 2002. 
Some more details can be found here: https://taz.de/Gewerbe-mit-Genossen/!5516947/
but it is in German. 
Hope this helps,

> Nathaniel Bezanson <myself at telcodata.us> hat am September 2, 2023 11:36 PM CEST geschrieben:
> Hi all,
> I'm putting together a presentation to welcome i3Detroit's new members and explain some deeper background of the larger phenomenon that they're now part of -- I've come to understand that quite a few folks don't realize the *kerspace thing goes back decades at this point. And as I put together the story, I have a few gaps myself:
> 1: All the early material I can find (HOPE 2004 Building Hackerspaces talk, for instance, or Spacerogue's book) talks about hackerspaces as places with computers and maybe soldering equipment. When and where did the expansion to more tools take place? What spaces were some of the earliest to add oscilloscopes, for instance? How about non-electronics-related tools like woodworking or welding? (I'm not trying to establish "the first" of anything, but understand when the shift took hold.)
> 2: In the recent Hackaday podcast https://hackaday.com/2023/08/25/hackaday-podcast-233-chandrayaan-on-the-moon-cyberdecks-hackerspaces-born-at-a-german-computer-camp/ around the 39m30s mark, Jens mentions a move by then-East-Germany to allocate a fraction of state-owned buildings to culture, before turning everything loose in a market economy, as the reason C-base exists how and where it does. Where can I learn more about this legislation/allocation? How did the timing work? That would've been a 1989/1990 thing, but C-base gives its founding date as 1995.
> If there are other good overview resources that go over the pre-2009 (I think the Wired article marks an epoch) history, I'm all ears for those as well. I ran across Monochrom's "hacking the spaces" but it's a little light on details.
> Thanks in advance,
> -Nate-
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