Small and medium-sized rural communities are often affected by out-migration, apprenticeship and desertification of the local centres, also known as the "doughnut effect". With our E1 task Urban Catalyst Fab Lab Weiz we will design an urban Fab Lab with co-working space and gastronomy. We will develop our strategies and concepts from the local conditions and learn to work with the specific environment and to think out of context.
We want to investigate what added value a creative space at an important traffic point in the town centre can bring besides its educational function. Creative programmes and hybrid use concepts could serve to enhance the entire school environment and bring more frequency and liveliness to the centre of Weiz.
How could topics of social justice, resource conservation and climate protection be taken up in order to find a sustainable and robust spatial solution? We will first get to know the urban planning analysis and from the formulation of a conceptual idea we will design an object that is site-specifically and sensitively inserted into its spatial and social context.