• Ecologic Pavilion In Alsace / Studio 1984. Image Cortesia de Studio 1984

Efficient walls made of agricultural waste

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-12-16T11:52:33-05:001 November 2022|Fabrication|

Straw buildings are nothing new, but sometimes revisiting old solutions can provide useful options. In this article on building efficient walls with agricultural waste, ArchDaily gives us a nice overview of such a look back and shows how “straw buildings can be sustainable, comfortable, and, above all, solid and resistant.”

  • A wide range of naturally dyed hand-spun wool, project research by TextileLab Amsterdam Waag and Shemakes Wool Mondays. © Maya Minder

The Fabricademy Bootcamp mixes technology and craftsmanship

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-08-22T09:59:22-04:0028 July 2022|Fabrication|

The “fab” in Fab City originally comes from “fabrication” and Fablabs. These labs, initially constructed around technology and tools of local fabrication, are also being applied to other fields with intriguing results. The Fabricademy, founded by Anastasia Pistofidou (who’s also co-founder of Fablab Textiles and research leader at IAAC, Fab Lab Barcelona) is a shining example of applying fabrication technologies alongside the principles and ideals of transparency, open-source access and sharing knowledge, and influencing older practices of craftsmanship.

An example of a circular community

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-08-22T11:03:28-04:0016 June 2022|Fabrication|

Is it circular or “just” upcycling? Regardless, cool little project documented at Centrinno, where they focused on “the importance of creating synergies and relations with a network of micro and small organisations united by the will and interest in creating an urban and circular manufacturing.”

The dark matter of makerspaces

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-08-22T11:06:41-04:002 June 2022|Fabrication|

Here’s an excellent written version of a talk given by Adrian McEwen (in 2015), one of the co-founders of DoES Liverpool, which is “(sort of) a makerspace (and more) in Liverpool.” His talk, The Dark Matter of Makerspaces, covers quite a bit of ground and offers some great tips and insights, not only for people running makerspaces but any kind of community space, or even many community-focused organisations.

Libraries of things

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-08-22T11:07:14-04:0031 May 2022|Fabrication|

One way of dealing both with consumerism and tighter budgets is to have access to shared resources. In this interview with Gene Homicki, co-founder and CEO of myTurn, we can learn a bit more about how people are starting and running libraries of things.

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