City As Our Makerspace
Following in the tradition of appropriate technology workshops, the City As Our Makerspace model uses preexisting infrastructures to support maker facilities. Prototype becomes the hub with spokes across the city.
The spokes are hyperlocal and community-driven spaces. Prototype will provide support with tools, workshops, and operations. As users determine the needs and use of the space, spaces can evolve into after-school youth centers or a co-working space for entrepreneurs.
The City As Our Makerspace model was inspired, in part, by the Rec2Tech program. As the Education Manager of TechShop, I managed our participation as a program provider for Rec2Tech, which served as a conceptual point of origin for the model that we use.
I'm working with Christine Marty, the City of Pittsburgh's Civic Innovation Specialist, on a grant for a six-month pilot of Prototype's City As Our Makerspace initiative. I met Christine through Inclusive Innovation Week 2017 and worked with her on Rec2Tech.