A new collaborative community workshop where, using digital manufacturing, local people will be able to design, develop and implement physical changes to the public realm in and around Lower Marsh.
Assemble & Join (A&J), funded by Lambeth Council, is a collaboration between myself, Tom Tobia and GD/HTA. Opening in October 2012 and situated in a former cafe in the heart of Lower Marsh, A&J offers local residents, school children, shopkeepers, market traders and community groups the chance to collectively imagine, design and build changes to the public realm to better suit their needs, as well as those of the community as a whole. This will potentially include everything from wayfinding schemes and wildlife habitat to architectural installations and Christmas decorations.
The workshop centres around a CNC machine, with the A&J team working with local people to collaboratively design, manufacture and build their ideas on site. All machinery is on view, meaning workshoppers can watch their designs come to life in real time Workshops and drop-in sessions and it will be completely free for local residents, schools and businesses.
A&J is bringing digital manufacturing to the high street, meaning anybody and hopefully everybody is able to play a more active role in shaping where they live and work.
photographs: Emma Jeffrey