ABOUT

Fab Lab Barcelona, part of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, is one of the leading laboratories of the worldwide network of Fab Labs. The centre develops several educational and research programmes related to the applications and implications of digital fabrication, and it is also the headquarters of the global coordination of the Fab Academy programme in collaboration with the Fab Foundation and the MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. The Fab Lab Barcelona also develops projects in different scales, from smart devices for data collection by individuals (Smart Citizen), the new generation of Fab Labs (Green Fab Lab), to new production models for cities (Fab City Project).

Context & Agenda

Fab Lab Barcelona empowers communities to design and make possible futuresThe centre develops its activity around four main actions: dwell, eat, produce and share.

 

Dwell is comprised here as an essential part of living in communities and sustainable housing, building smart cities and exploring new materials through technology in order to develop different kinds of habitat.

 

Eat is explored in projects that handle different thematic such as environment, ecosystem, technology and waste. These projects address to this human basic function a great power in advancing research and development of robotics through an everyday action. Although starting as an individual action, the act of eating is a formidable cultural and political constituent that defines whole civilizations.

 

Produce has a central role in every project Fab Lab accomplishes. Based on the transition of the PITO (Product In Trash Out) model into the DIDO (Data In Data Out) model, it is essential that the prototypes are thought, designed and produced within a holistic view. The Fab Lab community includes all types of makers and people who are curious about producing things themselves, exploring and playing with technology.

 

Share comes as a principle and a natural consequence for the Fab Lab network. The principle of envisioning communities of producers and change makers can only be possible with the share of knowledge, technology and information. It is also a consequence while most of the projects are inviting the community to participate and to be actors on the changes they want to have in their cities and neighbourhoods.

What is a Fab Lab?

A Fab Lab is a technical prototyping platform for innovation and invention, providing stimulus for local entrepreneurship. A Fab Lab is also a platform for learning and innovation: a place to play, to create, to learn, to mentor, and to invent.

To be a Fab Lab means connecting to a global community of learners, educators, technologists, researchers, makers and innovators – a knowledge sharing network that spans 30 countries and 24 time zones.

Because all Fab Labs share common tools and processes, the program is building a global network, a distributed laboratory for research and invention.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES

Fab Textile 3D Printed Top

Fabricademy is a transdisciplinary course that focuses on the development of new technologies applied in the textile industry, in its broad range of applications, from the fashion industry to the upcoming wearable market.

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Fab Academy is a Digital Fabrication programme directed by Neil Gershenfeld of MIT’s Center For Bits and Atoms and based on MIT’s rapid prototyping course, MAS 863: How to Make (Almost) Anything.

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EUROPEAN FUNDED RESEARCH

EU Project Making Sense (2015-2017) Description Making Sense shows how open source software, open source hardware, digital maker practices and open design can be effectively used by local communities to appropriate their own technological sensing tools, make sense of their environments and address pressing environmental problems in air, water, soil and sound pollution. EU Call…

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Organicity

EU Project OrganiCity (2015-2019) Description OrganiCity brings software, hardware and associated human processes flexibly together into a new living city that is replicable, scalable as well as socially, environmentally and economically sustainable. EU Call Horizon 2020 Total Funding 7,266,583 € IAAC Department Fab City Research Lab Partners Aarhus Universitet (DK), Intel Corporation - Intel (UK), Alexandra…

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EU Project [email protected] (2014-2016) Description [email protected] aims to foster the third industrial revolution by radically changing the production and distribution status quo, and strongly influence society as a whole, from a cultural, social and economic platform. This initiative attempts to remove existing barriers for the widest use of digital fabrication technologies amongst European creatives. EU…

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EU Project MAKE-IT (2016-2018) Description Make-IT studies maker communities within Europe both through different case studies and innovation action research to enhance their use of Collective Awareness Platforms (CAPS), which support maker communities and networks to innovate, design and make physical products based on peer collaboration and sharing. EU Call Horizon 2020 Total Funding 1,999,863.00…

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EU Project DO-IT (2017-2020) Description Entrepreneurial skills for young social innovators in an open digital world EU Call Horizon 2020 Total Funding 2,479,422.50 € IAAC Department Fab City Research Lab Partners Waag Society (NL), Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft (AT), Lappeenranta University of Technology (FI), Zentrum für Soziale Innovation (AT), Mediale Pfade - Verein für Medienbildung (DE),…

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EU Project ISCAPE (2016-2019) Description Improving the Smart Control of Air Pollution in Europe EU Call Horizon 2020 Total Funding 5,850,829 € IAAC Department Fab City Research Lab Partners University College Dublin (IE), Trinity College Dublin (IE), University of Bologna (IT), University of Surrey (UK), Finnish Meteorological Institute (FI), FI Hasselt University (BE), TU Dortmund (DE),…

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EU Project GROW Observatory (2016-2019) Description The GROW Observatory is a platform and community for large scale citizen science that aims to empower tens of thousands of growers across Europe with knowledge on sustainable practices and make a vital contribution to global environmental monitoring. EU Call Horizon 2020 Total Funding 5,096,919 € IAAC Department Fab…

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EU Project Distributed Design Market Platform - DDMP (2017-2022*) Description The platform aims to further develop Fablabs.io Network by promoting and improving the connection of makers and designers with the European market. EU Call Creative Europe Programme Total Funding 500,000 € (amount for 2018-2019 period) *This EU project has an expected duration of 48 months,…

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EU Project DSISCALE (2018-2019) Description The DSI Scale is an open source tool that facilitates the assessment of DSI projects, taking into account values like knowledge sharing, technological openness and societal impact. EU Call Horizon 2020 Total Funding 799,741.24 € IAAC Department Fab City Research Lab Partners NESTA (UK), Gut.org (DE), Stichting Waag Society (NL), WeMake…

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EU Project SISCODE (2018-2021) Description Co-Design for Society in Innovation and Science. EU Call Horizon 2020 Total Funding 3.999.268,75 € IAAC Department Fab City Research Lab Partners Politecnico di Milano (Coordinator) (IT), APRE - Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea (IT), Technical University of Dortmund (DE), Ecsite - Association Européenne des Expositions Scientifiques Techniques…

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EU Project ROMI (2017-2021) Description The overarching goal of ROMI is to develop an open and lightweight robotics platform for microfarms (densely-planted, intermixed polycultures), especially for weed reduction and crop monitoring. EU Call Horizon 2020 Total Funding 3,868,186.25 € IAAC Department Fab City Research Lab (Green Fab Lab) Partners Sony Europe Limited - Sony (UK), France…

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PUBLICATIONS

Fab City: The Mass Distribution of (almost) Everything

The rapid urbanisation process of the last century has been possible thanks to the industrial revolution and the assembly line, which allowed for the rapid reproduction and replication of infrastructure, products and urban morphologies around the world. Cities of today reflect the standardization and linear economy in how urban dynamics operate: they consume most of…

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MAKE-IT: Understanding Collective Awareness Platforms with the Maker Movement

This book is an introduction of the work done during 2016 and 2017 within the MAKE-IT Horizon 2020 European research project. The scope of this book is to present an introduction to the most interesting contents and where to find them online and in the deliverables; contents and guidelines for the life of MAKE-IT even…

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Making Sense Publication – “Citizen Sensing: A Toolkit”

Fab City Research Lab at IAAC, together with Making Sense EU consortium, produced this book as a part of the Making Sense project, which draws on nine citizen sensing campaigns in Holland, Kosovo and Spain in 2016 and 2017. During this period they have developed a form of citizen participation in environmental monitoring and action…

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PEOPLE

Tomas Diez

Fab Lab Barcelona Director / Fab City Global Instigator / MDEF Director / Board of Trustees Member / MaCT Theory Guest Faculty

Luciana Asinari

Fab Lab Barcelona Coordinator / Fab Academy Global Coordinator

Chiara Dall'Olio

MDEF Coordinator / Fab Academy Global Coordination Assistant

Anastasia Pistofidou

Fab Textiles Coordinator / Fabricademy Guru / MAA, MDEF Faculty

Matias Verderau

DSISCALE Project Manager / Production Manager

Marion Real

Systemic and Sustainable Design Researcher / SISCODE Project

Kate Armstrong

Communications Manager / MaCT Theory Guest Faculty / MDEF Faculty

Hannele Teras

Community Manager

Manuela Reyes

Graphic Designer

Xavier Domínguez

Digital Fabrication / Fab Academy Faculty

Santi Fuentemilla

Future Learning Unit Coordinator / Fab Academy Guru

Víctor Barberán

Hardware & Software Developer / MDEF Faculty

Viktor Smari

Software Developer

EU Projects Communications Strategist & Action Researcher

Data Analysis and Sensor Calibration at SmartCitizen / Fab Academy Assistant

Content Writer / Fab City Hub

Communications Manager

Fab City Hub Manager / Junior Researcher

Communications & Creative Strategist

Sustainability & Action Researcher

Jonathan Minchin

Ecological interactions - fab lab Barcelona // MAEB Faculty / MDEF Faculty

Guillem Camprodon

Sense making - Fab Lab Barcelona / MAEB Faculty / MaCT Theory Guest Faculty / MDEF Faculty

Eduardo Chamorro

Digital Fabrication / Fab Academy Faculty / MAA Faculty / MAEB Faculty / MDEF Faculty

Fab Lab Manager