African Fabbers Project                                                Science Kids Lab


The African Fabbers project is a social innovation and non-profit initiative promoted by Urban FabLab. The project is based on the idea of bridging the African and the European makers communities through workshops, collaborative projects, talks etc.

The workshops were developed in order to share an opportunity to creative clusters from different continents and backgrounds to meet up and share knowledge, to investigate the interaction between African material systems and computer aided design technologies.

The African Fabbers project is curated by Paolo Cascone with Urban FabLab and Maria.
Giovanna Mancini. 

The project is supported among the others by: COdesignLab, Fondazione Idis/Città della Scienza (Italy), Fondazione Architetti e Ingegneri Liberi Professionisti iscritti INARCassa.
Among the African partners of the project : Ker Thiossane, Afropixel, Dakar Biennale.
Wasp, as technological partner, will give us the possibility to explore the potentialities of the Big Delta prototype, one of the biggest and most ecological 3d printing machine worldwide.
Among the local partners of the project in Morocco: the ESAV - Ecole Supérieure des Arts Visuels, the CFQMAM - Centre de Formation et Qualification dans les Métiers de l’Artisanat, the Voice Gallery and the Association of Marrakech Biennale.


The African Fabbers project has developed an itinerant fab lab putting emphasis   
on the open source hardware approach for sustainable technologies an urban ecologies.
Therefore we have realized the first two steps participating at both the Marrakech and
Dakar art Biennale where we have organized free workshops opened to African and
European creatives, makers, st dents and artisans selected by the local cultural institutions
and by an open public call.

The workshops were developed in order to share an opportunity to creative clusters
from different continents and backgrounds to meet up and share knowledge, to investigate
the interaction between African material systems and computer aided manufacturing
technologies, to create 
ecological prototypes through an advanced craftsmanship
approach for sustainable living.

The team:
responsible scientific:
Paolo Cascone / AA-MA PhD-Ing.
Elena Ciancio, Flavio Galdi, Giuliano Galluccio, Andrea Giglio, Imma Polito




The Marrakech session                        
The first workshop was focused on the topic open technology for creative talents and artisans : how to make your low cost 3d printer, will teach how to design, to self-construct and to be creative with a low cost 3d printer.
The second one was dealing on how to make big scale 3d printed prototypes made in local clay and other ecological materials, combining the local technical knowledge with the experimentation of a “big” computer aided manufacturing machine.









The Dakar session
In this second step the project participated at the Dakar Biennale in the
framework of the Afropixel festival. In this case we were dealing with a collaborative design approach exploring the interaction between high-tech design processes and ow –tech construction techniques for ecological leaving.

Local and foreigner participants were asked to design and build through a participatory approach an architectural dwelling for the local fablab “Defko Ak Nep” developed by the Ker Thiossane association.
The prototype scale one to one was built in a public space with the local community.
The African Fabbers workshop was split in two phases:

phase 1: was dedicated to develop the design concept of the project using computational design tools and digital fabrication machines

phase 2: was dedicated to build phase 1 design concept exploring self-construction techniques using local (natural and recycled) materials.

During the African Fabbers workshops in Dakar open talks and public sessions will be organized.





Open source hardware - off grid 3d printer

Local material manufactory

Urban micro infrastructure

The makers community