April 8, 2020
Thirty years ago we did not have spaces called makerspaces. Today they are everywhere. Where did these come from and why now? Here are few thoughts.
As the personal computer was revolutionizing work and creating a whole new culture around it, hacker spaces – or hacklabs, hackspace – began to appear in the early 1990s where people with common interests, particularly in computers, technology, digital art or machining could gather, socialize and collaborate. Hacker spaces were common ground for peer learning, knowledge and resource sharing, and for generally figuring things out. It was a nerdy subculture that provided a new model. While hackerspace has frequently been associated with computer hacking and manipulating and creating software, makerspaces tend towards actual making, prototyping and general problem solving.