Urban designer specialising in digital fabrication, initiator of the FAB Lab and the “Smart Citizen” and “StudioP52” projects in the city of Barcelona.
Tomas Diez (Caracas, 1982) is an urban planner who specialises in digital fabrication, investigating its implications in future city models. He is a permanent lecturer at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), and one of the initiators of Fab Lab Barcelona, which he currently directs. He holds a degree in Urban Planning from the Simón Bolívar University, a Master’s degree in Advanced Architecture from the IAAC and a Diploma in Digital Fabrication from Fab Academy, offered by the worldwide Fab Labs network and the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms. He currently works as a close collaborator with the Fab Foundation and the MIT on the development of the Fab Lab Network all around the world. He is a co-founder of the projects “Smart Citizen” and “StudioP52” in Barcelona, and is currently a consultant for the development of “Fabrication centres (Fab Labs)” in the city of Barcelona. His research interests are related with the use of digital fabrication tools to transform reality, and how the use of new technologies can change the way in which we consume and produce, and the way in which we relate to each other as people.