Makeshift Brooklyn Week 006

As I type this our Kickstarter campaign is teetering on the verge of $24,000. I’m not sure what is more amazing: that 352 people have already chipped in, or that we only have three more days to raise the next $6,000. That’s pretty much the new normal around here: delight seasoned with an occasional smattering of dread. Don’t worry, it’s mostly delight. And for the rest of the time we have donuts.

On Friday afternoon Dash finished the construction drawings for the renovation in Brooklyn! This means that we can send the project out for bid and begin narrowing in on a contractor we want to work with. Here’s what construction drawings look like:

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This is a detail of my favorite page, the “reflected ceiling plan” (essentially a floor plan looking up instead of down) that shows where the lights and other things in the ceiling go. The wavy lines tell the builders which lights connect to which switches.

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Other exciting things in the world of MSS construction include the scheduling of an asbestos inspection. Don’t fret, there’s no asbestos on site (if there were, it would have been dealt with by the landlord who just renovated the entire building) but this is a requirement for all projects in NYC. Also: better safe than sorry.

That’s what’s going on inside our little corner of the world. We also spent a good bit of the week connecting the others.

The founder of another coworking space in Brooklyn emailed us, scheduled a phone call, but then didn’t answer their phone at the decided time. Ooops — that’s a pet peeve of both mine and Rena’s, but we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume something came up. It was quickly forgotten in a wash of calls, some major percentage of which were between Rena in CA and me in NY discussing the intricacies of power outlets.

We wrote a wrap-up post from our collaboration with Adobe at this year’s Weapons of Mass Creation Fest — that was a long time coming and we were starting to feel guilty, so I’m happy that it’s done. Together we asked attendees to draw their favorite creative tools and the responses were, in a word, awesome. As we grouped and analyzed the results the biggest surprise was the number of brains that people drew. It’s a good reminder that the design process is not just raw creativity, but the creative impulse applied as brainpower to problem solving.

The big thing that didn’t happen this week was me attending the post-3rd Ward meetup. It looks to have been a great meeting of many, many people who are passionate about Brooklyn, creative businesses, and community. Hoping there’s another one.

Week 006 was a tall, tall mountain that we plodded to the top of. The view’s nice, save a thin veil of fog.