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Holmsund Hackerspace: Space as the conduit between technology and humans
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå School of Architecture.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts), 180 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In 1901, Nikola Tesla had a grand idea of constructing a large tower that would service the people of the world with wireless free electricity, using the earth as a conductor and the tower as the transmitter. This idea might seem like something dreamed up by a mad scientist in his laboratory, or something that you read about in a science-fiction novel, not something that was based in actual scientific research. But the spirit of free thinking that surrounded the environment in which Tesla was conducting his research, made this kind of experimentation possible. This environment was the famous inventor Thomas Edison’s workshop in Menlo Park, New Jersey, where he was first hired as an assistant, and worked in his early career. Edison’s workshop was the space that facilitated the tools, the equipment, the inspiration and the encouragement that Tesla needed to carry out his research in the best possible way.The architecture of the workshop is basically user experience design on a physical and spatial level. Space is the medium and the built structure act as the interface and the framework – the conduit – between humans and technology. The physical space is the one essential element that both can interact with, where people of the community, the engineers, programmers, artists, designers, makers and thinkers find new ways of using, and existing together with new ideas and technology.This framework is the hackerspace. In essence, a hackerspace is a community-led grassroots movement where democratic ideals are emphasized in the way it is used, organized and managed. It is an open workshop where the tools and knowledge are shared and co-managed between users in both the physical, as well as the digital, space. The hackerspace ultimately represents the democratization of the design process, where future collaborators can work together without prejudice and limitations.Holmsund Hackerspace supports the humanistic approach to digital sciences and how we use technology today, and in the future. For us as humans to make sense of new technology, we very much need a physical space as a frame of reference, as we are physical beings first and foremost. The hackerspace is the blank slate and the foundation on which you carry your inspiration beyond the walls of the structure. Much like Tesla did in Edison’s workshop back in the day.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 8
Keywords [en]
architecture, hackerspace, holmsund, umeå
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Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-159756OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-159756DiVA, id: diva2:1320751
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Architecture
Educational program
Architecture Program
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2019-05-23, Umeå School of Architecture, Östra Strandgatan 30, Umeå, 14:42 (English)
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Available from: 2019-06-27 Created: 2019-06-05 Last updated: 2019-06-27Bibliographically approved

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