Migratory Movements of Homo Faber: Mapping Fab Labs in Latin America

  • David M. SperlingEmail author
  • Pablo C. Herrera
  • Rodrigo Scheeren
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 527)


The present paper is a mapping study of digital fabrication laboratories in Latin America. It presents and discusses results from a survey with 31 universities’ fab labs, studios and independent initiatives in Latin America. The objective of this study is fourfold: firstly, to draw the cultural, social and economic context of implementation of digital fabrication laboratories in the region; secondly, to synthesize relevant data from correlations between organizational structures, facilities and technologies, activities, types of prototypes, uses and areas of application; thirdly, to draw a network of people and institutions, recovering connections and the genealogy of these fab labs; and fourthly, to present some fab labs that are intertwined with local questions. The results obtained indicate a complex “homo faber” network of initiatives that embraces academic investigations, architectural developments, industry applications, artistic propositions and actions in social processes.


Digital fabrication Fab labs Latin america Mapping 



We thank Gabi Celani (LAPAC-UNICAMP) for the suggestions and comments made during the development of this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David M. Sperling
    • 1
    Email author
  • Pablo C. Herrera
    • 2
  • Rodrigo Scheeren
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Sao PauloSao PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Peruvian University of Applied SciencesLimaPeru

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