Chicago Public Library Welcomes City’s First “Maker Space”
Next month, the Chicago Public Library will open the city’s first free “maker space” on the third floor of Harold Washington Library in the Loop. The pop-up fabrication lab will offer the public access to 3D printers, laser cutters, a milling machine and a vinyl cutter as well as a variety of supporting design software.
The facility is the first to come out of the CPL Innovation Lab, an effort to introduce new technologies to city residents. And the library is the first in a large city to experiment with a “maker space,” the city says. Though it will be similar to maker spaces at the Museum of Science and Industry and Pumping Station: One, this fab lab will be free to all.
The space opens July 8 and will close at year-end. After its six-month run, the library says it will consider hosting labs in neighborhood branches.
The space fits into a growing movement of hands-on collaborative learning environments that allow people to come together and exchange ideas in the pursuit of innovation, and was funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer Chicagoans the opportunity to learn firsthand new technologies and skills used in today’s manufacturing at the library,” Library Commissioner Brian Bannon said in a statement. “The maker lab is the first of several ideas we plan to test over the next few years in the Innovation Lab, as we focus on expanding access to 21st century ideas and information to our communities.”
The last in our lil’ series of James Beard Award-nominated stuff from LP: The Secret Lives of Chefs by Lisa Hanawalt! This comic also appears in her upcoming book MY DIRTY DUMB EYES, published by Drawn & Quarterly.
Here’s this comic in full! Thanks Lucky Peach!
Using an old hammer and a hundred of different chisels, Venetian artist Livio De Marchi transforms the world around him into convincingly detailed wooden replicas. Articles of clothing and table coverings appear to hang naturally, furniture looks plush and comfy, purses look ready to be filled and carried, and shoes look ready to be worn, but each and every object is made of solid wood.
“The artist is quite well known for his House of Books, an entire house made out of wood—everything from the plush couch to the clothes hanging in the closet—and he does not believe in painting his final pieces because he enjoys the natural beauty of the grain and the knots in the plain wood.”
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