makercare aims to renegotiate space and support local communities by legitimising access to common land. The Old Castlemaine Gaol is currently missing discourse and politics but the site can become a place for activism through making and playing. Making can replace mass consumption, and play spaces can encourage free play with flexibility. My proposed system of objects reconfigures program adjacencies including childcare, ‘makercare’, makerspace and an uncontrolled exploratory area. Objects are boundless and move within an urban interior environment promoting hybrid schemes of engagement. Networks of objects create relationships, and space facilitates children’s actions. Public engagement emerges from objects through the radical acts of learning and making. The commons create relationships and social relationships create space.