May ’16 Updates
This is how it started
The journey of Aquapioneers began after we (Guillaume on the left hand side and Loic on the right hand side) had both been attracted to the Green Fab Lab of Barcelona after quite different individual journeys, and for apparently very different reasons.
Despite these differences, it quickly became clear that we had converged to this special place out of a shared passion for sustainability, social change and technology.
Aquapioneers is an open source hardware and software project, born from a combination of Guillaume’s open source aquaponic project during the FabAcademy 2016 and Loic’s earlier contact with Aquaponics back in Israel. Their complementary interests and knowledge in biotechnology, urban innovation and digital fabrication, backed by a common background in engineering, converged into a multiscale Open Source Aquaponics project.
What is the Green FabLab?
As part of IAAC’s ( Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia) commitment to advancing ecological habitability in the world and making the use of all available technologies and resources, the Green FabLab was created as a research centre focused on the concept of self-sufficiency.
Aiming at leadership in the application of this concept, it offers a unique opportunity to implement innovative technology inspired by it’s natural surroundings.
The Green FabLab enables us to push aquaponics to new limits thanks to the tools of digital fabrication and the principles of Open Source designs.
As a FabLab, it provides the powerful tools of digital fabrication (s.a 3D printers, 3D milling machines, laser cutters and many more) while contributing to the emerging Open Source movement. As the Green FabLab, it proposes to reconcile technology and the environment by it’s commitment to:
- Use local resources (biomaterials, wood, mushrooms, earth, etc) whenever possible
- Create materials (glass, bricks, etc) locally for its fabrication projects
- Foster projects with positive environmental impact
Nestled in the heights of Collserola Park, overlooking Barcelona, the Green Fab Lab is a FabLab one-of-a-kind for its focus on self-sufficiency in terms of energy, food and buildings.