Ayrton Di Paolo
NEWCASTLE FAB SQUARE
The Newcastle Makers Hub responds to the changing character of the city’s west end. The recently completed transport interchange has provided a new gateway to the city, however it lacks connectivity within the public domain. The Makers Hub provides a pedestrian friendly public space adjacent to the Interchange and within the new civic centre.
The rapid development of the West End has eroded any notion of good public amenity. Through the diminishing role of the architect and private ownership the notion of the commons is all but forgotten. The Newcastle makers hub seeks to supplement the the amenity provided to the public by libraries and museums. Many of the services provided in this scheme have been previously inaccessible but also represent the rapid development of technology within our daily lives.
Under a charter of free and equal access, all members of the community can access spaces and facilities for making, meeting, collaborating, working and exhibiting. Through the joint patronage of the city and Newcastle University this project will be a pilot in establishing the makers hub as a new typology of good public architecture.