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Argyle free communist factory

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:07 pm
by richard
Some of us have been discussing setting up a second plantation of the forest in Edinburgh devoted to open-access workshops. I mean real workshops: not flip-charts and powerpoint, but places where you hammer stuff, build stuff, weld stuff, etc. At Bristo we had the cave and the darkroom. At the new place we would have that and much more: workshops for wood and metal, engineering, textiles, ceramics, printing, bookbinding, whatever. There are already many such places in Germany. You pay a small fee by the hour and you can use the workspace and tools to do whatever you like. There are people around who know what they are doing and can help you. There are courses to teach you the basics and more advanced techniques. Who would be interested in such a thing? We're not sure, but we may be able to do this at Argyle. Let's get some discussion going here and fix a meeting at Tollcross Forest.

Here are some links to similar spaces:
BERLIN: http://opendesigncity.de/
CALIFORNIA: http://www.techshop.ws/index.html
MUNICH: http://www.hei-muenchen.de/
BERLIN: http://www.kunst-stoffe-berlin.de/index ... =6&lang=en
Mittelhäusern, SWITZERLAND: http://www.lesbricoleurs.ch/
'European' (German) network: http://www.offene-werkstaetten.org/

Re: Argyle free communist factory

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:46 pm
by daniel.c
This something that really needs to happen, I'll help out in any way I can, and be using the thing extensively.

Re: Argyle free communist factory

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:03 am
by martinmckenna
This would be a great resource,

martin

Re: Argyle free communist factory

Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:48 am
by Martin Beer
I'm also quite excited about the idea. Is there a date for a meeting about this? I guess it would be necessary to figure out what exists in Edinburgh already (Hacklab etc.) to avoid duplicating facilities.

Re: Argyle free communist factory

Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:34 am
by daniel.c
Any news on this?
I've got stuff to be working on, and am basically waiting on you guys to come on line so I can get started...

Re: Argyle free communist factory

Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:13 pm
by HGiles
Things are moving fast with Argyle now, so a good time to hop on board. May be best to email Stevie (plastickfork1@gmail.com) and Miija (mk@ergodic.org.uk) directly, as they're managing it.

Re: Argyle free communist factory

Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:34 pm
by Stephen
Thing is at the moment we need people to help build the resources, it is just an empty shell, we have some equipment.

It will ve a while before there ua anything approaching a wood workshop or a welding room. To start bathrooms, music rehersal and kitchen things with studios for artists.

If people want studio space, rehersal/meeting rooms or to help building the resources contact membership@dss.theforest.org.uk

Re: Argyle free communist factory

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:44 am
by daniel.c
All I need is a room, I can get everything else I need, which isn't much.

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