I’ve been pondering building a lab space at my place in NZ. More than pondering actually – I cleared a bit of the bush behind my house and Patrick from down (ish) the road dug it out. Next week we are putting in some retainer posts. It’s a pretty nice spot. I’m sitting here as I write this, I can hear the sound of the wind through the trees, birds. It’s midsummer and yet it’s nice and cool here in the shade of some tall manuka.
The idea is to have a lab where publishing/collaboration/ knowledge-making folks can come think, by themselves, with me, and with others. A first meet is lined up for April for SprintLab, an offshoot of Book Sprints…
But more on all this soon. Here’s some photos of where I’m sitting right now. I’ll draw up some rough sketches of what I plan in the next days/weeks…suffice to say for now that the spot in the photos will be an outside workshop space….I’ll put a little sleepout also somewhere else on the property but imagine what you see below as a lovely outdoor collaboration workspace/think lab….
The photos below are of some of the bush surrounding the lab. The pointy tree top you can see 2 pics down is of the largest tree on the property – a maturing Kauri tree.
And… a rough sketch of my thoughts so far…generally, to build 2 walls out of recycled timber that semi-enclose the space. This is for post-it notes and large pieces of paper to be hung. Then a large wooden table in the middle, and the clearing to be grassed with native grass.
And some more shots from the evening, which makes it a little easier to see the space. First shot is the path down.