Maker shops: Assemble and Join, London

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We’re always pleased to hear from anyone setting up a design or maker community (feel free to get in touch and tell us about yours), but we’re even happier when its something being pushed by local authorities trying to build interest in communities.

Assemble & Join, is a community micro-manufacturing workshop on Lower Marsh, a thriving independent high street in the heart of London, and with the help of Lambeth Council will be opening this month.

Kitted out with a CNC machine, things are a bit low-tech at the minute, although the idea is to offer local residents, school children, shopkeepers, market traders and community groups the chance to collectively research, design and build. Yet best of all – it’s free.
Initially ideas are revolving around flat-pack market stalls, Christmas decorations and seating systems, yet with some input from designers in the local area this could quickly expand.

On the whole, it’s great to see design and making as part of a community initiative and we hope the scheme takes off in other communities, bringing some cheer to the sometimes soulless streets of ol’ London Town.


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