Crossing the doors of the Community lab is a jump into the pool of making. Located under the UWCSA school, the place is filled with tools, machines and “work in progress” projects. One thing is certain: the space deserves its name of “Community lab”. Here you can come across a team building, a precious plastic machine, a rooftop farm based on hydroponic or a teenager creating a paper recycling machine. All projects have a common factor: they focus on one of the 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations.
Its founders were not at their first attempt when they opened the place in September 2016. In 2010, they were the first to open a “prototyping studio” inside their University. And in 2011, they co-created with an NGO the “Sustainable living lab”(SL2), dedicated to find and develop sustainable responses to the challenges of the 21st century. The team has been very committed to build the maker community in Singapore, and co-founded with other companies the SEAMNET (Southeast Asia Makerspace Network) network, to help the maker spirit to spread across the region.
According to its co-founder, the Community Lab is “a tool“ built by the Sustainable living lab, to help the makers reaching their goals and develop meaningful projects.