FabLab & Oaza: Sharing is caring but who will pay the bills?
We built a digital fabrication laboratory dedicated to research and development. It offered a wide range of latest tools from 3d printers to arduinos. The whole concept had a different, more noble agenda. It strived for open-source, DIY, prototyping and democratizing tools. The availability is only possible if the knowhow is shared. Sadly, the department runs slow on good will because it's not funded. It's stuck in constant battle for survival. Searching for new jobs to continue its existence distances itself from core activity. This is a common problem in capitalism.
Only later on the results paid off. In collaboration with outside institutions and museums, exhibitions were held. The acquired knowledge was applied and spread to wider audiences. It helped the individuals but the lab is still struggling.
Last but not least, we showcased concepts in search for sustainable and affordable living. The main question we asked ourselves was: How can we grow food in our homes? Hydroponics seemed as a good solution to start with.