Our next interview is with a project looking to bridge the gap between blockchain, NFTs and architecture.
We chatted to Pablo, the founder of The Makers CNFT project to find out more.
Tell us a little about Maker NFT, what type of artwork is it, what size drop?
The Makers had an initial drop of 110 Maker characters that were hand-made with cardboard and color paper, then photos of them were edited to add a photorealistic background.
In the 110 collection there are 5 different Maker types and each Maker represents a quality / concept within the architecture that we will create in the upcoming drops.
Our next drop is The Maker Town, by the end of April which will be a metaverse building complex representing the Maker’s architectural world with a total of 600 NFTs, and a following drop in July for Project Principio, our real-life architecture project that will be based around a real-life community and location with a total of 3,333 NFTs.
Where did the idea for the project come from?
I am an architect and ever since I heard of NFTs and how they are transforming the digital art world, I wanted to create an architectural design project that deals with real-life social problems and is empowered by the sales of NFTs and the creation of an online community focusing on that site and its local community.
What makes this project unique?
The Makers is unique because it is an architecture-focused project undertaking designs that have a real-life impact and web3 application.
What about the team behind the project? Tell us a bit about the team, what are your background(s) and what has lead you to start this project.
The team is composed of Kaan Taskin, Yesua Can Yildirim, and myself.
We are all based in the UK and have known each other personally for a while.
My background and Kaan’s is architecture as we both did architecture school together a couple years ago and have always been fascinated by architecture that can have the potential to change people’s lives.
Yeşua Can Yildirim has his background in business, currently being the COO at Puente Technology & Design, and got interested in NFTs in general earlier this year and together we talked about working together on the architecture projects.
Initially I undertook the project by myself for the 110 Maker Collection drop, and afterwards Kaan and Yesua approached me to see if they could join the project for the the next drops as they connected with the mission and ethos of The Makers.
We all have been properly doxxed in the project and have our official LinkedIn URLs in the Team Transparency channel in our Discord.
What is Maker Town?
The Maker Town will be a collection of 600 NFT buildings that together will form a total of 200 Maker Towns.
The way it will work is that a Maker Town will be composed of 3 NFT Buildings (one Maker Shrine and 2 buildings in collaboration with CNFT Projects) that will be able to be traded in for one Maker Town.
The Maker town will be a small drop before our main drop in July, Project Principio, that will try to showcase the architectural creativity of the team and create a ‘home’ for the Makers in the metaverse, as the NFTs of the Maker Town will aim to be compatible assets in the metaverse once Cardano Metaverses have been developed enough.
I noticed on a Tweet recently you made this comment “making real-life architectural design that is focused around solving real-life issues on a real community”.
Can you explain the cross over between NFT and real-life in a little more detail?
The way we will create a crossover between the NFT space and the real-life community with Project Principio, is through the architectural design itself as the design will be tailored to the community’s problems and the NFTs, being made from such design, will also communicate and represent that community’s context/problems.
Apart from the NFT architectural content itself connecting to the real-life community, we will create a project treasury where owners of the NFTs will participate in community voting on how to best utilize the funds to benefit the local community, that way we create a continuous relationship helping the local community.
What is the long term vision for the project? Is there a roadmap at this stage or will you be building as you go?
Up to this stage we have a roadmap planning two drops, the Maker Town and Project Principio. After Project Principio we do not know precisely what our next step may be as many factors come into play.
What got the team interested in Blockchain and NFT’s?
I got very interested in an Architectural NFT project because of the connection between the CNFT online community and real-life communities that can be created by architectural design in the space.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far with this project?
The hardest part has been communicating the project’s ideas and goals in an easy to digest manner for newcomers, as it is not a common project concept.
Why did you choose to launch on Cardano?
I did it because the goal of the Cardano Blockchain as a whole connects very well with our project’s ethos, as well as me already being familiar with Cardano and the CNFT space.
What project would you ideally love to do a collaboration with?
Another architecture / construction focused project that aims to do work in the real-world!
Do you guys collect NFT’s too? What’s your favourite?
We do, but not as much as most CNFT collectors! I am the one that collects the most and hold CNFT projects like Degens, Woodlords, Visage, and others.
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