A Factory As It Might Be by Assemble at A/D/O, Brooklyn A Factory As It Might Be by Assemble at A/D/O, Brooklyn
A Factory As It Might Be by Assemble at A/D/O, Brooklyn A Factory As It Might Be by Assemble at A/D/O, Brooklyn
A Factory As It Might Be by Assemble at A/D/O, Brooklyn A Factory As It Might Be by Assemble at A/D/O, Brooklyn
A Factory As It Might Be by Assemble at A/D/O, Brooklyn A Factory As It Might Be by Assemble at A/D/O, Brooklyn

Cooperative craft

02 : 03 : 2017 A/D/O : Brand Educators : Brooklyn

Brooklyn – Architecture collective and Turner Prize winner Assemble has re-imagined the future of the factory as a cooperative space.

  • A Factory As It Might Be is a temporary workshop space at Mini’s creative space A/D/O, which was constructed from tiles made inside
  • The local community is being taught how to operate the equipment, enabling production to continue after the project ends

The factory was built in an open-air section of the A/D/O warehouse that has been covered with a galvanised steel roof and leaving one side open to the courtyard. Using an industrial clay extruder – which pushes the clay through metal holes – and firing the shapes created in an electric kiln, the team has made a series of tiles to clad the exposed side.

The project was realised with the help of members of Granby Workshop, a group of Liverpudlian craftspeople that worked with Assemble on its Turner prize regeneration initiative, assisted in developing the factory itself and acted as instructors for the machinery. In turn, the skills developed during the residency will be fed back into the Liverpool project to create a symbiotic expansion of the skill sets of those involved.

The Big Picture

Brands such as Mini are demonstrating their credentials as Brand Educators in order to bolster the underfunded creative industries while building long-standing relationships with consumers.

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