Publications

In the fields of digital social innovation, active learning experiences, making and circularity, I have authored and contributed to peer-reviewed publications as a first author and as a co-author.

The Emergence of the Liquid Circular Maker Space

Guy, J., Domínguez, X., Schmidt, A. 2021, Submitted to This Is Distributed Design book.

Abstract. The Liquid Circular Maker Space emerged from the Circular Maker Academy. The academy programme was conducted by Fab Lab Barcelona (at the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, IAAC) during 2020 in the framework of the EU Project Pop-Machina. The aim of the academy was to equip maker champions from six different countries with the skills and knowledge, following the training the trainer approach. With the objective to support the holistic establishment of Circular Maker Spaces in their respective cities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the programme was transformed to a 100% online immersive learning experience. Pop-Machina is a Horizon 2020 project that seeks to highlight and reinforce the links between the maker movement and circular economy in order to promote environmental sustainability and generate socio-economic benefits in European cities.

Read the full article [here] or download the This Is Distributed Design book.

Prototyping Hybrid Learning Environments through Distributed Design

Gerodimou, M., Juggins, O., Fuentemilla, S., Domínguez, X., Chamorro, E. 2021, Submitted to This Is Distributed Design book.

Abstract. A shift towards online education has been taking place over the past decade, with online resources for education providing the opportunity to gain new skills at a level of accessibility that wouldn’t have been possible for previous generations. This transition allows for new and distributed models of learning to be developed which, in turn, provides a great opportunity in the field of design, where delivery normally takes place in-person due to the practical nature of activities in the courses. The purpose of this review is to present the frameworks, research methodology and documentation tools developed by the Fab Lab Barcelona team in the transition to a hybrid learning environment during this academic year, for the Master in Design for Emergent Futures (MDEF) program; a key goal of the research being to identify the ways in which a hybrid model approach is not merely a replacement for a fully physical format of delivery (due to the pandemic’s restrictions), but a viable alternative that adds value to an overall learning experience.

Read the full article [here] or download the This Is Distributed Design book.

Pop-Machina Circular Maker Academy: Building circular maker capacity through training

Schmidt, A., Guy, J., Dominguez, X., (2021), Pop-Machina Circular Maker Academy: Building circular maker capacity through training (Deliverable 3.4). Leuven: Pop-Machina project 821479 - H2020

Abstract. The Pop-Machina Academy (PMA) is a training programme co-designed to deliver the knowledge and making skills that future trainers in the field will need to enable actions for circular making and sustainability. Within the project's seven Pilot Cities, trainers will engage with their local communities in a collaborative effort for implementing new strategies and approaches towards circular ecosystems, with solutions mainly based on digital fabrication. The training programme has focused on stimulating practical know-how, following the principles of STEAM learning and ‘learning by doing’ methodologies. The programme is further enriched with thematic topics addressing business, circular and collaborative manufacturing, and learning within the consortium and beyond – especially by applying innovations in vocational teaching from within the Maker Movement. Despite the PMA being affected by the Coronavirus Crisis 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, all planned activities were still achieved. Local regulations and mobility restrictions meant activities were moved online. The content reflected the changing social nature of the pandemic, successfully incorporating hands-on classes into a hybrid digital-physical learning environment for home-based learning. These methods aimed to encourage interactive, practice-based capacity building and peer-learning. The Academy was co-developed and deployed by M20 with selected local communities’ Maker Champions (MCs) to support the pilot operations.

Read the full deliverable [here].

Playing With Light, Community Art

Dominguez, X.,Fuentemilla, S. 2020, Submitted to Viral Design book.

Abstract. Jugando con la Luz is a globally distributed art installation created by resilient children who live with uncertainty in the situation that is causing the COVID-19. Playing with different sources of light and establishing a new relationship with the materials around them, these young artists invent stories with which they express the emotions and feelings that this new normality provokes in them. In a short period of six months, what began as a local school project became the revelation installation of the OFF Llum festival and from there one of the proposals selected by Frena la Curva, an international platform that promotes citizen initiatives against the coronavirus based on social innovation and civic resilience in times of pandemic. With no other ambition than to give people a voice in complicated situations, Jugando con la Luz is now a virtual installation that, thanks to the collaboration of the Tinkering Studio of the Exploratorium in San Francisco can be followed on social networks with the hashtag #LightUpOurDays or on www.jugandoconlaluz.org

Read the full article [here] or download the Viral Design book.

Jugando Con La Luz, Arte En Comunidad

Dominguez, X.,Fuentemilla, S. 2020, Submitted to Revista Comunicación y Pedagogía Comunicación y Pedagogía nº 327-328. Fab Labs y Educación

Abstract. Explicación de Jugando con la luz, una instalación de arte globalmente distribuida creada por niñ@s resilentes que viven con incertidumbre la situación que está causando la COVID-19. Jugando con diferentes fuentes de luz y estableciendo una nueva relación con los materiales que les rodean, estos jóvenes artistas inventan historias con las que expresan las emociones y sentimientos que esta nueva normalidad provoca en ell@s.

Read the full article [here].