COMMUNITY SPACES: Sarasota, Florida
The Fab Lab is a high-tech, small-scale workshop that mimics a mass production factory. The concept, which originated at MIT, is a high-tech design studio and digital fabrication lab that provides students hands-on experience designing and building prototype inventions. The lab is open for public use. As a result, Sarasota’s garage inventors will literally give form to their ideas. Funded through the generosity of the Faulhaber Family Foundation, the Fab Lab is designed to promote science literacy, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and innovation. In Dr. Faulhaber’s view, “An idea in one person’s head has little effect. An idea in the world is something else. That’s how change and innovation begin.” Sweet Sparkman Architects was responsible for design through construction administration.