The Design + Fabrication course instructs and engages students in the design and discovery of novel fabrication strategies through the methodological integration of matter, processes and techniques.


Design + Fabrication is a hands-on course oriented towards learning and gaining experience in the use of tools and machines related to fabrication, prototyping and designing through digital fabrication tools. 

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The purpose is to explore the relationship between digital driven design and fabrication manufacturing, at the construction scale. The course will be based on the definition of digital fabrication techniques focused on the convergence between digital modeling and fabrication processes. 

At course completion students will; gain knowledge of Valldaura Green FabLab, understand safety protocols and rules for using the Green FabLab tools and machines, learn standard techniques of woodwork and joinery applied to digital fabrication, learn how to design and implement functional prototypes using a wide variety of digital fabrication tools and techniques, have permission to operate the FabLab machines autonomously.

This course is part of a broader process of introducing students to Fablab as well as carpentry machines and tools. The use of these tools are integrated within the modules that are taught by various instructors as part of the MAEBB curriculum, in order to ensure students learn their use in the best possible context.





The students will obtain knowledge of fabrication and practice the use of the machines available at the Green FabLab through the development of the course M05 // Collaborative Design Studio


Projects from this course

Valldaura LABS | Design & Fabrication

Valldaura LABS. About. Valldaura Labs | Design & Fabrication In the workshop, I got to use different tools to turn my design ideas into real models, prototypes and mockups. I used tools like the tabelsaws, bendsaw, chopsaw to cut things precisely, sanders to shape them just right, and drills with fasteners to put everything together. … Read more

Furnish Kids 2.0: ‘El Cargol’

IntroductionAs part of the IAAC MAEBB academic course, we have participated in the Furnish Kids 2.0 program. The program aims to improve public space through design interventions of tactical architecture. This year’s edition, hosted in the creative hubs of Barcelona and Milan, and co-funded by the European Union, concentrated on the ever-changing area of Plaça … Read more

Design & Fabrication: Fountain Arrangement

In designing and fabricating the fountain arrangement of the Open Nature project, we explored various prototypes. First, we built a small waterway in the garden space at Valldaura Labs to brainstorm how to capture the water in an elegant way. This helped us understand basic grading methods to let the water drain appropriately. Next, we … Read more

Open Nature | [WOOD]LE | Fabrication

The project ‘[Wood]le’ – a ‘Wooden Noodle’ explores the idea of steam-bending tree logs to create a self-stable structure. The Woodle assumes the function of a seating area as it rests on the ground at one end and folds up to become an element that frames the valley of Font Del Gos on the other. … Read more

Fabrication for Open Nature | Mil Ramas

INTRODUCTION The Design and Fabrication course’s main objective is to orient us towards learning and gaining experience in the use of tools and machines in relation to fabrication. Through designing, manufacturing and prototyping the models we were able to gain hands-on experience on how to fabricate and construct our projects. Valldaura Green FabLab provided us … Read more

Fabrication for Open Nature | Tapial Topography

As IAAC’s Valldaura Labs and Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings & Biocities (MAEBB) class of 2022/23, we have been given the challenge of working on the activation of a public space that happens to be a transitory space between the city of Barcelona and the regional park of Collserola, specifically honouring the site of Font … Read more