Tomas Diez runs the Fab City Research Laboratory at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (http://www.iaac.net). Born in Venezuela, he is an Urbanist specialized in digital fabrication and its implications in the future of cities and society. Tomas is tutor in Design Products at the Royal College of Arts, where he co-leads the Exploring Emergent Futures platform. He coordinates projects, events and programs at the Fab Foundation (http://www.fabfoundation.org), such as Fab City (http://www.fab.city), Fab Conferences and Fab Academy (http://www.fabacademy.org) and FabLabs.io (http://www.fablabs.io) worldwide. He has participated in technological and social projects such as rehabilitation plans for marginal areas of Caracas, the Hyper-habitat installation for the XI Venice Architecture Biennale, the first solar house in Barcelona: the “Fab Lab House” for the Solar Decathlon Europe 2010 in Madrid, and the launch of Fab Labs in cities like Lima (Peru), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and Ahmedabad (India), among other projects. He has been nominated as one of the most innovative young leaders to watch by The Guardian and Nesta, and awarded by the Catalan ICT Association as young entrepreneur in 2014. Tomas co-funded in 2010 the programs “Fab Labs and Informalism” and “Smart Cities by Smart Citizens”, both research agendas towards the use of ITC for the development of a citizen based platforms for the city production, which lead him to found the Smart Citizen project (http://www.smartcitizen.me) in collaboration with other partners through various crowdfunding campaigns and now part of different research projects within the European Union. Now he is leading the Fab City Global Initiative together with partners at IAAC, the Fab Foundation and the Royal College of Arts. Tomas is co-founder of Studio P52 (http://www.studiop52.com), a creative space in the 22@ district of Barcelona. His research focuses in understanding the relationship between machines and humans for the creation of a new economy based in distributed manufacturing infrastructure and data architecture through open platforms.
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… ?
What do you consider your greatest goal as EMW’s Ambassador?
What kind of events are you planning to organize during the EMW?