Connection making. Analogue-digital synapsis between fabrication hubs



fablab, network, hub, amplification, glocalization


The paper intends to apply the emerging theories on network science to the production chain of contemporary society, hyper-globalized and hyperconnected, to provide an alternative point of view aimed at the multilevel development of a given territory/context. The subject of discussion will be the Fab Labs, specifically those belonging to the Fab Charter, framing them not only as places of digital fabrication, experimentation and research, but, above all, as nodes of a network that in recent years has expanded to connect realities geographically very far from each other. With the analysis of case-studies we will investigate the dimension and importance of planning and designing these systemic processes to lead to the onset of an organizational culture oriented to ‘sensemaking’ and with the aim of optimizing collaborative processes of the Fab Lab network, demonstrating the social value of ‘glocal’ production.


Architecture  |  Essays & Viewpoint

Connection making. Analogue-digital synapsis between fabrication hubs

pp. 53-64



Annapaola Vacanti, Xavier Ferrari Tumay, Andrea Vian

Author(s) Biography

Annapaola Vacanti, PhD Student | Department of Architecture and Design of University of Genoa, Italy
Xavier Ferrari Tumay, PhD Student | Department of Architecture and Design of University of Genoa, Italy
Andrea Vian, Researcher | Department of Architecture and Design of University of Genoa, Italy



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