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Thursday 22nd April 2021
Opening hours
12:00pm — 2:00pm

About the event

The Maker Movement has given rise to new and accessible ways to design, manufacture and produce in Europe and across the world. Enabled by digital fabrication and global communication infrastructure, Makers are changing the design and production paradigm. With such a change, in which ‘bits’ travel while ‘atoms’ stay local, a ‘distributed design’ reality is emerging that gives preference to open, collaborative, sustainable and ecosystemic practices. The New European Bauhaus, announced by European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen as a key recovery initiative for Europe bringing together innovation, creativity, culture, and the European Green Deal; provides an opportunity for the distributed Platform of Distributed Design and the Fab Lab Network. This roundtable event aims to demonstrate the potential of these global networks and provoke conversation around the NEB in relation to key topics of interest including:


  • circularity, grassroots innovation and citizen-led design processes
  • STEAM, hands-on learning and skills pipelines
  • multi-stakeholder and cross-sectorial approaches to design
  • access and agency in design and making, including social inclusion and decentralisation
  • open knowledge and resilient design infrastructures


The Distributed Design Platform is pleased to have been accepted as an official partner of the NEB initiative. As a distributed network of cultural organisations, makerspaces, education institutes and research centres, we believe that design has the potential to build sustainable, beautiful futures when distributed into the hands of people and their communities. With our 18 members across 13 EU countries, and the support of the Fab Lab Network, we will bring grassroots, bottom-up innovation to the momentous NEB co-design process being undertaken across Europe.


This is a public event hosted by the Distributed Design Platform (co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union), Fab City Foundation, Fab Lab Network and Fab Lab Barcelona at the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. It brings together representatives from the Distributed Design Platform member organisations, EIT, Creative Europe, Fab Lab Network and the Fab City Foundation as well as representatives of makerspaces, creative spaces, design educators and Fab Labs in Europe and beyond. The output of the event will include recommendations for the inclusion of Makers and Distributed Networks in the NEB to be uploaded to the NEB co-design platform.

Registrations can be made using the form below. A draft agenda can be seen here.