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Sunday, January 20, 2008


DIY at the next level?: TechShop, Construction Junction

TechShop: Open-Access Public Workshop
TechShop is like a health club, but with machine tools rather than treadmills. Is this just a hobby for the middle class, or might it provide a new economic outlet for workers seeking to control their produce?

Construction Junction
recycles building materials, generally recovered from demolished buildings. It's generally seen as an environmentally conscious and cheap way of getting stuff. Can institutions like this make local economies more robust to economic downturns--reusing their local scrap rather than needing to import new parts? Can a smart, labor-intensive supply site compete with standardized, automated distribution networks?

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