Research and prototyping laboratories
The DIY lab is a research and prototyping laboratory shared by both students and academic staff. It provides an interface between research, teaching and artistic experimentation.
The goal is to develop alternative ways of solving problems of all kinds.
Putting the do-it-yourself principle into practice, the users build their own high-tech/low-budget machines – a solar cell, a CNC milling mashine, an open-source 3-D printer – and then put them to use. Figuring out each device’s purpose and personality leads us to continue developing them, and to invent new ones.
The general question of how best to manage the means of production goes hand in hand with specific questions about technology. How do you realize a complex idea with simple tools? How do you combine the pieces into a functioning whole? Mechanically? Electronically? What programs do you use to control your devices?
Do-it-yourself strategies depend on intellectual curiosity; they demand organization, improvisation and initiative; and they presuppose the power of the individual as the driving force behind development and change. Practical skills from the world of business/entrepreneurship increase the level of professionalism.
Collaborations and contracts with outside entities create positions for tutors, extend the DIY Lab’s hours and ensure its existence independent of grant funding.
research & project funding
- Innovations In Education University of Kassel
- Pfeifferfoundation for Architecture