Javier is an architect, lecturer at the School of Architecture, University of Limerick and director of FabLab Limerick.
He graduated from ETSA Madrid in 2003, moved to Ireland in 2005 and in 2008 he took part of “The Lives of Spaces”, Ireland’s participation at the 11th International Venice Architectural Biennale.
He currently lives and works between Limerick and Córdoba (Spain) where he has founded Colaborativa.eu a design, technology and social action agency. He has been lecturing at the School of Architecture, University of Limerick since 2008.
In 2012 Javier started a FabLab within the School of Architecture by building open source digital fabrication tools with a group of undergraduates. In 2014, all these machines were moved into an abandoned building in Limerick city centre and FabLab Limerick was launched.
Javier is currently director at FabLab Limerick where he researches open source construction systems.
How did you end up joining the #maker movement?
What do you most value in the innovation/maker environment?
What’s the maker movement outlook in your country?
In your opinion, what features in your city/destination/country is more appealing to an innovation-oriented crowd?
You seem to have been able to create such a nurturing environment around your FabLab/makerspace/hackerspace in (your country). What does your audience look like? Who do you mainly target – students, inventors, or… ?
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