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Happy Hour and Tour at Open Works
February 23, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
AIABaltimore is partnering with Baltimore’s newest and largest nonprofit makerspace, Open Works, to host a special happy hour event. Join us to learn more about resources and opportunities for architects at Open Works and a special discount for AIABaltimore members! A tour will be included.
One of Maryland’s most anticipated projects, Open Works opened its doors to the public in September 2016. Non-profit developer Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation, transformed a former distribution warehouse into a 34,000 square foot, state-of-the-art incubator/workspace for craftsmen and artists.
What People Are Saying
Many local architects have found that Open Works provides a unique and collaborative working environment. Jason Neal, founder of Baltimore-based design firm, Jason Neal Designs, is one of several architects to set up shop at Open Works.
“There is a direct link between designing and building and how architects are conjoined as makers,” Neal says. “Open Works is the place that demonstrates this practice model. Open Works provides a sense of community with other artists/makers that link the advancement of what roles architects can play. The best part of Open Works is having a better design work flow while learning new skills. With the access to digital and hand tools that develop our ideas in house, we can quickly refine our building standards and quantify our failures to turn them into successes. There is no limit to growth here.”
Jordan Billingsley, a designer with architecture firm, Hord Coplan Macht, is also enjoying working out of Open Works. “As a leader and supporter of Baltimore communities, Hord Coplan Macht is proud to be a part of the exciting Open Works venture. Witnessing the commitment to providing quality tools and reasonable workspaces we made the decision to embed ourselves in this entrepreneurial paradise. With convenient access to CNC mills and laser cutting machines we are excited to offer expanded model making and prototype fabrication services to our clients.”
About Open Works
Located in the heart of the Station North Arts & Entertainment District at 1400 Greenmount Avenue, the facility has wood and metal shops, 3-D printing and textile studios, classrooms, and an electronics and computer lab. All are accessible through monthly memberships, which cost between $70 and $125, or a day pass for $25. For $125 a month, entrepreneurs and artists can rent one of the 140 mico-studios, which offer a storage locker, conference room access, and an individual address for establishing a business headquarters. In addition to these individual membership plans, Open Works offers corporate membership plans.