Master of Architecture - University of Newcastle

Ayrton Di Paolo

Ayrton Di Paolo

NEWCASTLE FAB SQUARE

This project aims to meld a public square with a makers’ space under the brand name of the Fab (fabrication) Lab movement. Fab Lab is a movement founded on the principles of free, open access to fabrication equipment for all people.

Such a facility, in the words of founder Neil Gershenfeld, invites users to create “almost anything”, fostering a culture of learning and mentoring through peers and Fab-Lab staff. Facilities include equipment for digital fabrication and prototyping, electronics and textile workspaces, facilities for working timber and metals and spaces for collaboration and meeting.

Situated on the exposed corner of Hunter Street and Hannell Street and sandwiched between the Wickham Rail Interchange and the proposed Newcastle Bus interchange, the project demands a social hub to bring a balance to the west end. The projects is characterised by a duality between openness and introversion, the Fab Lab becomes the focal point of the site with a public lawn for spectating and participating in the workings of this makers’ space.

The purpose of Fab Labs as its founder has stated, is not to invent new technologies, but to bring awareness to regular people that they have the capability to make anything they want and not rely on the consumer market to bring it to them. The outcome is activated public space in the west end and fostering a culture of learning and innovation, to better establish the model of a Fab Lab as a common public good.

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Ayrton Di Paolo

NEWCASTLE FAB SQUARE

This project aims to meld a public square with a makers’ space under the brand name of the Fab (fabrication) Lab movement. Fab Lab is a movement founded on the principles of free, open access to fabrication equipment for all people.

The purpose of Fab Labs as its founder has stated, is not to invent new technologies, but to bring awareness to regular people that they have the capability to make (almost) anything they want and not rely on a consumer market to bring it to them. The outcome is activated public space in the west end and fostering a culture of mentoring and innovation, to better establish the model of a Fab Lab as a common public good.

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