Made is a flexible space where artists, designers, inventors, entrepreneurs, creative, engineers, makers, fabbers, and hackers can develop their own projects together. We facilitate the development of open and distributed learning community, co-production, collaboration, and entrepreneurial activities. Our organization is a cultural non-profit association. Membership payments are used to pay the rent and for the maintenance of the space equipment.
Introduction to Made
Each of the founders, for different reasons, felt the need for a space where they could work on projects related to technology, art and generally have the equipment to experiment with turning ideas and concepts into reality, openly and together with a community of like minded people.
At the time Barcelona had a few commercial spaces with the right equipment, a large FabLab with excellent machines that for various reasons was really hard to access by the public, and a few tiny hackerspaces mostly connected to the squatter movement. None of these spaces fit their needs and this presented the opportunity to create something new.
The initial idea to create a fabrication and prototyping space as part of MOB, but it became clear as soon as the planning started that having a fully independent entity was necessary to ensure that the project could grow in any direction the community wanted, independently of the intentions of the founders. In fact placing the community first and taking decisions as democratically as possible was one of the factors that contributed to attract the solid group of initial users that allowed the space to survive during the set up phase.
Cecilia and MOB were very supportive of the idea and allowed MADE to use part of the basement at MOB, initially for free and then with a progressively increasing rental fee, until it had enough members to sustain itself and keep growing (roughly six months later). The contact with MOB was also essential in providing the amount of exposure needed to attract more smart and creative people to join our ranks.
In 2014 we started renting a laser cutter from the fine people at Laser Project and this provided us with another big influx of members, excited by the possibilities of the machine.
With a growing user base, and limited by the opening times of MOB and the security implications of sharing a space with another organization, we decided to find a new home in the summer of 2014. Fabrica Lehmann ended up being our choice and we moved in in June, with finally a space we could fully control and that would allow us room to grow under our own terms.
In 2017, due to a sudden increase in rent from a not-so-nice landlord, Made started the search for a new home. We eventually settled on a much larger space in Sants, and committed to grow the organization into the big and beautiful makerspace we always knew that it could be.