I met Assemble & Join at this week's Pop-up Meet Up, organised by We Are Pop-up. Assemble & Join is a temporary community workshop based in Lower Marsh, Waterloo, who work with local businesses, residents and schools to build things for the community. Theire success has meant that their stay has been extended, so please visit and get involved with this excellent initiative.
"Assemble & Join (A&J), funded by Lambeth Council, opened in October 2012. Situated in a former cafe, A&J offers local residents, school children, shopkeepers, market traders and community groups the chance to collectively imagine, design and build changes to the public realm to better suit their needs, as well as those of the community as a whole. This includes everything from way finding schemes and wildlife habitat to Christmas decorations. A&J are collectively enhancing one of Central London’s most independent areas, building on the sense of increased community spirit engendered by this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The workshop centres around a CNC machine; a digital manufacturing tool that can be programmed to accurately cut complex shapes from sheet material (predominantly plywood). The A&J team are working with local people to collaboratively design, manufacture and build their ideas on site in a matter of minutes. All workshops and drop-in sessions at A&J are completely free for local residents, schools and businesses. A&J is bringing digital manufacturing to the high street, meaning anybody and hopefully everybody is able to play a more active role in shaping where they live and work."
When - Now until the end of February, Thursday - Saturday 10am - 6pm
Where - Assemble & Join, 19 Lower Marsh, SE1 7RJ
Link - Assemble & Join
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