NB. MATERIAL ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SII IS FOR INTERNAL TRANSIT USE ONLY
FL2 was originally conceptually founded in 2010, before moving to a university setting in 2011 to set up a permanent space. It was founded on the notion of cross-disciplinary engagement with materials and materiality. The space comprises a well-equipped multipurpose workshop, and a materials library, with access available to all current university staff and students. FL2 activities have supported work-based staff and student projects, and a range of extracurricular activities; and also hosts a range of in-house research project, funded by UK and European funding bodies and conducted supported by the institute’s research team. To extend its reach beyond the university, FABLAB2 hosts a public program comprising frequent workshops, masterclasses, and talk series.
This CTP describes the intentional strategies of the organisations founders to name and present it – prior to its existence in any material form - in such a way that would make it legible to higher education institutions who could host it.
This CTP describes how, following the closure of its original host site, the organization was headhunted by its current institution; and the subsequent strategic discussions.
This CTP relates to the pivot in funding strategies that the founders were required to make, when it became apparent that their host institution would not permit in-house online payment methods.
This CTP relates to the choice by the organisation’s founders to hire their own new, dedicated technician team, as a way of embedded culture, behavior, and identity from the beginning.
This CTP describes the decision made by the organisation’s founders to set up a dedicated public engagement program, to enable former members and publics beyond the host institutions to engage with the organization.
This CTP relates to the codification of the organization’s work and importance within the long-term strategy documents of the host institute, at a time when the latter was planning extensive expansion.
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