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Looking Sideways

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In this episode, I’m visiting a makerspace that might seem very familiar to anyone coming from the UK, Europe or America. It’s called Lab 0, and it’s run by and for its members, without government subsidy or commercial income. Janek at Lab 0 I
In this episode, I’m visiting three people all working in maker education. My first stop is at the Shenzhen American International School in the Shekou district of Shenzhen, to meet Carrie Leung, who teaches a maker-based curriculum there. Stud
In this episode, we focus on design – and in particular, how designers help bring products to life through Shenzhen’s vast network of suppliers and manufacturers. Shenzhen is a destination for anyone who manufactures electronics products, wheth
Violet Su In China, the term makerspace can mean many different things; some unrecognisable to people used to a European or American use of that word. But Chaihuo X.Factory would be familiar to any maker coming from outside China, with a co-wor
In this episode, I speak with Vicky Xie, who’s the global cooperation director of SZOIL (Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab). As well as running a fablab, they help foreign companies plug into the local supply chain, helping them understand how to w
Christina Zhang, founder of Kittenbot In the 2nd episode of this special series reporting from Shenzhen, the world centre for electronics manufacturing, I speak with Christina Zhang, the co-founder of Kittenbot. Kittenbot make educational robot
Shenzhen Maker Faire Welcome to the first in a special series of Looking Sideways focusing on maker culture in Shenzhen, the world centre for electronics manufacturing. Over the last 30 years, this city has grown to a population of 15-20 millio
This is a trailer for a new series of Looking Sideways coming direct from Shenzhen, the centre of the global electronics manufacturing industry. I’ll be interviewing makers to tell their stories, and find out what makes Shenzhen’s Maker culture
In this special episode of Looking Sideways, I talk with writer, editor and internet pioneer, Kevin Kelly. He’s just published a new book, The Inevitable, which draws out a broad sweep of trends that he believes will shape our future. The i
Today’s guest, Kazys Varnelis, helps me take a look at today’s maker culture through the lens of the Arts and Crafts Movement, as well as the many DIY and counter-culture movements that sprang up in the second half of the 20th Century. We t
Thomas Lommée is a designer who maintains the OpenStructures project, a “construction system where everyone designs for everyone.” OpenStructures is an experiment that explores what happens when people design objects using a common open stand
This week, I talk with Sara Hendren about the role of art in engineering and design, and how we can make use of unresolved questions, ambiguity and productive uncertainty, to make things that better serve human needs. Sara teaches sociall
This episode features the woodworker, writer and publisher Chris Schwarz. Chris runs the small publishing company, Lost Art Press, which specialises in finely made books on hand-working practices. He uncovers historical texts that show us f
In this episode I talk to two guests who share an interest in remaking the world around them, First, we head over to Baltimore, to meet Will Holman, whose book, Guerrilla Furniture Design, is a handbook for the resourceful, nomadic maker. The
We talk about the work of the pioneering scientist, feminist and educator, Ursula Franklin, whose book, The Real World of Technology, helps us understand how things are made in modern systems of manufacturing, and how the technology of ma
Hello, and welcome back to Looking Sideways. I took a long hiatus after the first series, but now I’m back with a new series of interviews focusing on making. In this series, I set out to explore the world of making from the individual crafts
In a special episode of Looking Sideways, I talk with inventor, hackspace evangelist and all-round legend, Mitch Altman, about how he became a maker, the origins of the pioneering Noisebridge hackerspace in San Francisco, the enduring app
How do humans create order out of chaos? Why are we always tidying up? And why doesn’t nature bother? What can we learn from natural systems about creating meaning in the physical world, and what’s this got to do with the internet of things? A
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