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Migratory Movements of Homo Faber: Mapping Fab Labs in Latin America

Conference: 16th International Conference, CAAD Futures 2015 - "The next city". São Paulo, Brazil, July 8-10, 2015, At São Paulo, Brazil., Volume: Computer-Aided Architectural Design Futures. The Next City - New Technologies and the Future of the Built Environment ( Communications in Computer and Information Science, Volume 527 - 2015)

The present paper is a mapping study of digital fabrication laboratories in Latin America. It presents and discusses results from a survey with 31 universities’ fab labs, studios and independent initiatives in Latin America. The objective of this study is fourfold: firstly, to draw the cultural, social and economic context of implementation of digital fabrication laboratories in the region; secondly, to synthesize relevant data from correlations between organizational structures, facilities and technologies, activities, types of prototypes, uses and areas of application; thirdly, to draw a network of people and institutions, recovering connections and the genealogy of these fab labs; and fourthly, to present some fab labs that are intertwined with local questions. The results obtained indicate a complex “homo faber” network of initiatives that embraces academic investigations, architectural developments, industry applications, artistic propositions and actions in social processes.
Date8 July 2015
CreatorsSperling, David M., Herrera Polo, Pablo C., Scheeren, Rodrigo
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Source SetsUniversidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC)
Detected LanguageEnglish
SourceUniversidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC), Repositorio Académico - UPC

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