UMS | What is It?
What is UMS, or Urban MakerSpace? What does the space look like, where will it be used for? Etc. Those are the questions I want to answer in this article. Of course, this is greatly going to depend on what property we end up leasing, but the renderings and explanations below will give you a general idea of what things will look like! As always, feedback is welcome!
In short: UMS is a company that wants to provide Co-making and private studios equipped with tools and machinery to enable professionals and amateurs to ‘create’. But what does that really mean? Let’s break it down:
A physical Space
Picture a 6,000 sq. ft. warehouse, with a big, metal door, about 10x10ft that we replaced with a huge window. You walk in. On the left, you’ll find an Ipad, just like walking into a WeWork, for members and guests to sign in. There’s a door right in front of you that will lead you to the ‘members only’ co-making area.
On the right though, there’s a coffee shop-shop area, accessible to anyone. With a great view of the co-maker’s area. In the store, you can find items for sale made in the MakerSpace and you can enjoy a coffee while working on your plans or business idea, etc. The ‘store’ area is really designed for everyone, members and non-members to invite them into the space, and show to ‘regular people’ what making something looks like. They can sign up to workshops, get to know the community, find out more on what UMS does, all without being a member.
The Co-maker area takes up the most space in the building. About 4,000 sq. ft. of it to be exact. With plenty of workspace, storage and hand tools, this space should enable you to create anything you want! Everyone has their own space at a certain table and there’s space for you to store any personal tools + materials. In total, the space has a capacity for about 40 people.
In the back, right corner, you can find the heavy machinery room. These machines are in a separate room for multiple reasons. 1. Noice. We don’t want these heavy motors noises to disturb people who’re not using these machines. 2. Safety. You don’t want 40+ people standing around a panel saw while someone’s using it. We will probably only allow around 5 people at the time in this room.
The Private studio spaces are on the left of the building. With big glass walls, everyone can see what professionals or startups are working on, while the professionals have a view over the co-maker space. Our hope is to see collaborations between these different groups, or at least for them to motivate and inspire each other.
A Place to Learn Offline
Great! So now you have the space and the tools to build whatever you want to. But how? That’s the core of what we want to offer, a new way to learn and discover. We want to do that in two ways: 1. By organizing hands-on workshops every weekend, given by professionals from the industry who can teach you: The basics of woodworking, or how to build a bench, or a desk, etc. A big inspiration here was from a company in Belgium called www.Whout.be Their website is in Dutch but you’ll get the idea ;)
The second way we want to provide that new learning experience is by building an Online Platform like skillShare and Lynda.com specifically for makers. There are a lot of makers on free platforms like YouTube or personal blogs, which is how I learned all my woodworking skills, but a lot of them lack a certain quality standard, which in some cases, if we’re talking about construction and such, can potentially be dangerous. If you’re learning something, make sure you’re learning it from the right source. Below are some renderings of what the app will look like:
To Conclude, here are some renderings of what the entire place will look like. The big, co-maker space in the middle, the machine shop in the back, the private studios on the left side of the building and the coffee shop/store in the front. As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts!