AtlasChart Tomás Diez: A hands-on Top 6

AtlasChart Tomás Diez: A hands-on Top 6
Tomás likes getting his hands dirty

The Venezuelan digital fabrication urbanist and Director of Fab Lab Barcelona at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) opens up about projects in which he’s had first-hand experience – “not only tech wonders done in Silicon Valley.” From 3D printing prosthetics in refugee camps to sustainable showers in Finland to Bali’s greenest school on earth, the surfer never stays still. Which is why this Top 5 became a Top 6.

 

1. Fab City

Fab City

DIY cities of tomorrow

“At IAAC we’re working on opening Fab Labs in the hearts of cities, towns and villages to build a more sustainable and inhabitable new world through digital fabrication makerspaces. People will be able to grow and make almost anything. I’m coordinating this global team together with Neil Gershenfeld, Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, and Chief Architect Vicente Guallart. “

 

2. N-E-R-O

Data drones to heal the land

Data drones to heal the land

“These data-collecting drones are used for environmental mapping. Developed by Barcelona-based studio Noumena, N-E-R-O is building advanced features to map for landscape and architecture research, as well as farming.”

 

3. Refugee open ware

3D printing in conflict zones

3D printing in conflict zones

“We are working with the ROW3D team to address the challenge of refugee camps to provide the tools, training and skills to teach people how to digitally fabricate the things they need – such as low cost prosthetics.”

 

4. Ethos

Identity on the blockchain

Identity on the blockchain

“This can change the whole world of Facebook and Google. Our personal data trails have become large. Ethos is about future technology for a distributed internet (a real one) and the creation of a new economy with personal data. The blockchain is not only about Ethereum.”

 

5. The Green School

Green School

The greenest school on earth

“We need to align nature and technology if we want to survive. The Green School is one of the key places in the world that does this, together with the Green Fab Lab in Barcelona. This friendly place harnesses new technologies and could transform how we see education and the roles of our kids in society.”

 

6. Showerloop

Showerloop

Eternal showers of the spotless mind

“I know you said choose five, but I couldn’t. This project from Helsinki, Finland is one of the great projects at POC21, an innovation camp in a French castle that tackles climate change issues through alternatives to a destructive consumer culture. The network of 100+ “eco-geeks” have been called “sustainable lifestyle innovators”. I like this project because they want to make this recycling and filtering shower system available in refugee camps and emergency scenarios – and because I want to take infinite showers without feeling guilty!”

 

Tomás Diez was talking to Atlas editor Lisa Goldapple. Read more about the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and Fab Lab Barcelona

Main image: Taken from the documentary ‘Self-Made‘, the story of creative communities by Madison Worthy and Miriam Engle

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