#34 Fab Lab Barcelona, Tomas Diez

“I’ll talk about the future, how we can build tomorrow.”


Tomas Diez is an urbanist specialised in digital fabrication and its implications in the future of cities and society. He is one of the founders of Fab Lab Barcelona at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and now he is leading the Fab City Research Laboratory. Tomas leads the FAB City Global Initiative and helps to run the Fab Academy program with a distributed team located in more than 50 Fab Labs globally. He is also the European project manager for the Fab Foundation. Tomas holds a Bachelor degree in Urban Planning and Sociology by the University Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela, a Diploma in social work from the University of Havana, Cuba, a Master in Advanced Architecture by IAAC, and a Diploma on Digital Fabrication in a pilot program on the class “How to Make Almost Anything” offered by the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms in 2008. Tomas is a tutor in Design Products at the Royal College of Arts in London, where he co-runs the Exploring Emergent Futures platform, he is co-founder of the Smart Citizen, FabLabs.io and StudioP52. Tomas has been appointed by The Guardian and Nesta as one of the top 10 digital social innovators to watch in 2013, and has been awarded by the Catalan ICT association as the entrepreneur of the year in 2014-15.


Fab Lab Barcelona’s mission is to provide access to tools, knowledge and the financial means to educate, innovate and invent using technology and digital fabrication to allow anyone to make (almost) anything, and thereby creating opportunities to improve lives and livelihoods around the world. Design for the real world; Fab Lab Barcelona believe in bringing products to life that solve real needs and are part of a spiral production strategy and align different disciplines within the lab in the same direction. Design for liquid times; the world is not static, everything is constantly changing, Fab Lab Barcelona think in resilience terms and aims to connect with the emergent changes of the culture of today’s world. Fab Lab Barcelona operates in the scale of products, thinking in urban and global scales in terms of distribution, impact, socioeconomic change and cultural shift that those products carry with them.


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