Latest video on the history of technology and architecture

IaaC | Fab Lab Barcelona introduces its latest video, created for Beyond Building Barcelona 2015 faire: A History of  Architecture. The video narrates the history of technology applied to human housing, from the origins to the (possible) future.

Content direction: Tomas Diez
Motion graphics: Illo
Video Made for: Beyond Building Barcelona 2015 by IaaC | Fab Lab Barcelona

Beyond Building Barcelona 2015 was the largest reunion of the construction sector and associated industries in Spain, Southern Europe, Northern Africa, and Latin America. The Pavilion of Innovation 2015 in Beyond Building Barcelona, curated by IaaC | Fab Lab Barcelona, presented new ideas and construction paradigms emerging from international excellence in research and pilot projects, forming the basis of future buildings and cities.

The video was projected in 4 large screen throughout the whole pavilion.


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Democracy and Medieval High-Tech Cities – Interview with Tomas Diez
10 years of Fab Labs, 90 years of Fab Cities


Check the  raw text of the script:
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The first thing that made us human was the ability to develop tools and organise the way we live.
We occupied caves, and developed hunting tools in order to sustain life.
We later developed agriculture tools to stop the nomad life, and start settlements where climate and natural resources improved food production;
we domesticated animals;
we created more complex tools;
we started to accumulate surplus and then started to create markets,exchange knowledge faster thanks to the printing press, ending the medieval age.
This one finishes with the renaissance.
history about construction until the industrial revolution. Show how as pavement we lived, and how we evolve construction techniques thanks to new technology, the importance of agriculture to create more stable living. We invented the inhabitation of the world in constructed houses.
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Machines entered into our life, changing the way we produce. The industrial revolution creates a new way to approach accumulation and capital. At first glance workers burned the mills at the textile factories, later these factories became the main attractor for people to move from the rural areas to cities; urban problems started to grow and then urbanism appeared as a science to organise, design and manage cities. The medieval walls of cities break, new cities are founded around new industries.
Housing is developed in a standardised way, the house as a machine, thanks to Ford we enter into the standardised world (the assembly line),the Bauhaus connects Design and industry,wireless communications make knowledge to travel faster,the military industry (thanks to the world) brings us more and more technology (plastics, microwave, computers, medicine, fast food).
We enter into the modern and contemporary world
Electricity brings a new idea of urbanity and infrastructure. This one ends with the break of the Wall and the appearance of Internet (both are connected since Internet was developed during the cold war).
show the effect of industrialisation in architecture and construction. House as a machine, the repetition of housing development, the consumer society.
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During the 90’s computers and Internet become widespread, we start the foundations of the digital world in which we live today. We have been embedding connected computers in every other aspect of our life. Facebook, twitter, youtube, have turned us into producers of digital content, we can broadcast content as never before. Today the world is ruled by computers: our cars, planes, refrigerators or microwave ovens are ran by simple or complex computers, which now are getting connected thanks to the Internet. 3D printing appears in the 80’s but mainly in advanced industries and research centres, it becomes accesible and popular when the Rep Rap project lower the access barrier to this technology, in an open source way, the same as Arduino or Fab Labs: new tools are providing ways for people to innovate and create, and to establish a more fluid connection between the digital and the physical world.
the rise of the digital technologies from the 60 and 70s. Computers bringing new tools, digital fabrication constructing a new way of making and building, Internet as a tool to share and collaborate. Digital life
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Present – Future: Distributed manufacturing through digital fabrication is bringing back production to cities, materials are handled locally, the raise of the circular and spiral economies. We grow things introducing codes into materials, objects can assembly and disassembly themselves. The world is a whole connected network, not even using any type of antenna but a new language that communicates everything with everything (machines, animals, plants, humans, the planet and universe). There is no trash. this one should end with a new challenge, not sure which yet.
the future of construction is being invented today around digital fabrication technologies and connected knowledge.
the future of construction is going to be created today, is not only 3d printable houses or smart cities. In the future we will grow houses, will program materials, will inhabit space, will be all connected by an ubiquitous Internet in things, materials, people, everywhere. We will not use machines to make things, is the end of the machine era.
move from the consumerist society to a productive one…

Modular Showcase System

Beyond Building Barcelona 2015 was the largest reunion of the construction sector and associated industries in Spain, Southern Europe, Northern Africa, and Latin America.
The Pavilion of Innovation 2015 in Beyond Building Barcelona, curated by IaaC | Fab Lab Barcelona, presents new ideas and construction paradigms emerging from international excellence in research and pilot projects, forming the basis of future buildings and cities.

For the assembly of the show, IaaC | Fab Lab Barcelona , Noumena and Luciano Carizza (Production Coordinator), designed and fabricated a modular showcasing system to display the pieces.

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The total area of the exhibition was 700 square meters, where 40 projects were exhibited accompanied by 4 big wall projections, explaining the evolution of construction through ages.

The design of the exhibition has been based on a recursive subdivision algorithm that splits the 3D space in bigger and smaller parts. In such a way, a flexible exhibition area has been generated, capable of hosting exhibits of different scales. The movement of the visitors and the 11 big areas of interest set the input parameters of the design, maintaining paths around the different groups of exhibits, based on their thematology.

The exhibits have been placed on two different sized rectangular modules.  The display system was divided into 3 pieces: the joints or knots, the supports and the boards

The knots is a Japanese joinery system that has been milled with a CNC machine from Teak wood. It is the union of 3 wooden pieces assembled together to form a matrix, with a smaller end to fit into the supports.

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The supports consist of aluminum square section tubes of different length in order to assemble display tables of different sizes.

The boards are melamine wood, cutted to fit into the frame produced by the tubes and the joints.


Once assembled, the modular system allowed to create different levels and configurations.


Different sized modules of different heights have been grouped together forming distinctive families. The final result was a setting of several “islands” dividing the space in 11 areas related to the 4 large themat: Responsive Environments, Rapid Prototyping, Programmable Matter and Distributed Manufacturing.

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14 professional projects, as well as 26 research projects from international academies and institutions have been selected to be exhibited in the Pavilion of innovation 2015. 11 of the academic projects came from The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and the remaining 15 has been selected by an international selection committee from the open CALL FOR PROJECTS: BEYOND | the next boundaries of construction, which has been organized by IAAC and Fab Lab Barcelona, in partnership with Beyond Building Barcelona and Fira de Barcelona.

The Pavilion of Innovation 2015 also hosted events such as workshops for professionals, a symposium and a round table, where pioneer architects and designers discussed about the future technologies and innovation in construction.

3D printed gun @DHuB

From June 30th to October 31st, DHUB Disseny Hub Barcelona will host the “Out of Place” Exhibition, produced by FAD, in the context of yearly show FAD Fest.

Fab Lab Barcelona has been invited to participate in this international collective show in which designers, artists and architects were challenged to transcend categories and conventions to explore unrecognized ways to make and design, to disrupt systems and processes.

For the show we 3D printed a gun’s lower receiver, a part which connects the trigger, grip and magazine holder, and a full gun (all made our of PLA filament).

The lower receiver was designed by Ben Denio and Cody Wilson, founders of Defense Distributed, and is an open source file.

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Image: Gun’s lower receiver, fabricated by Fab Lab Barcelona

The rest of the gun was designed and fabricated by Ingi Freyr Gudjonsson, from Fab Lab Barcelona.

3 proposals sel (Small)))Image: gun’s renders, designed by Ingi Gudjonsson 

1 selected (Medium)

gunn (Small)Image: printed gun, designed and fabricated by Ingi Gudjonsson 

3D printed guns have been subject to a long controversy for some time…we would like to close the post quoting Neil Gershenfeld_“A well-equipped machine shop for a long time has been able to make gun parts,”…“Three-D printers make not very good ones.”

So, we’ll keep 3D printing, but I guess we’ll play with something else…

gunnnn (Small)Image: …playing with plastic guns


Exhibition credits:

8 selected



Fab11_Boston invites you to submit your proposal for the Digital Fashion and Wearables Exhibition that will take place during the Fab Festivalfrom August 8 and 9 in the cities of Boston, Cambridge and Somerville.

Creators working in digital couture, wearables, performative arts, 3D printed fashion and soft architectures are invited to participate in this year´s Fab Textiles Showcase. The exhibition traces and marks the current scene of textile creation,wearable interactions, fashion and soft architecture inside the fab lab environment.
Making Impact at one of the largest industries and reinventing from our everyday clothing to our wearable enhancements. See last year´s exhibition during Fab10 here

Selected proposals will have the opportunity to showcase their pieces during the Digital Fashion and Wearables Exhibition.

DEADLINE for submission : 15 JULY


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Sonar +D // Creativity, Technology & Music


The POP up Fab Lab of Fab Lab Barcelona in collaboration with MADE maker space participated this year as technology providers at Music Hack Day of Sonar, organised by UPF . The Pop up lab has been supporting MHD hackers to integrate electronics, make their physical prototypes, create soft circuits and textiles, solder their circuits and create their invention.




This year’s special track was on wearables and music performance. Many companies such as Bare Conductive, Orphe smart shoes, R-iot sensor, Roli piano and many many more where providing their products for creative hacks and applications. The pop up lab collaborated with more than 15 teams to support them in their physical prototypes and in going one step further into the integration of wearables with the body.

The 24 hour Hackathon had inspiring results such as a small soft piano using conductive thread and bare conductive board, a glove that plays notes in the different fingers and communicates with the NFC tag cashless band of sonar bracelet, a 3d printed part with a blowing sensor for people with disabilities that allows you to compose by using the movement of your head and lots more.
Here are some few of the hacks that we remember!
See the winners here
Hope for inspiring hacks at MHD 2016!