Needlab is a non - profit research organization, based in Barcelona, Spain. Working on different continents with different materials mainly researching how we can help communities solve sustainability issues. We stand by the motto for the people, by the people, of the people and we are of the opinion design is responsible for making lives better.
needlab aims to explore the interaction between nature and technology, between traditional craftsmanship and digital fabrication.
Needlab voices a movement that demands more from design. We question how design functions and who it serves. We find new ways to tell the whole story of design processes, the people who build, and the communities and individuals who are affected. Learning from the way they do things traditionally, contrary to imposing new methodologies. We believe that fostering public awareness of the way design can hurt or heal is essential to changing what people expect from the built environment.
We work towards creating what’s needed for the community; of the people, by the people, for the people.
With the ideology of “Think global, Act local”, we focus on unveiling new ways of creating a dialogue between local materials, social customs, cultural heritage and environment. The solutions are drafted in interaction with the community involving them in the conversation connecting them with other communities/ makers. We aim at empowering, training the community, doing hands-on skill building. Developing maker values in the community, building a network with them and other makers.
Find out what Needlab is up to these days.
UN- Habitat interviewed Sameera Chukkapalli, Founder of Needlab at the Smart City Expo 2017 in Barcelona, this is the Interview by about the new urban Agenda and the SDG.
Barcelona Design week 2018
Needlab was invited by BCD Barcelona Centre de Disseny to design the Barcelona design week 2018 exhibition pavilion. Our proposal displayed the skills of the local community. The pavilion was built using natural and recycled materials sourced from Barcelona, Spain. The aim was to allow the visitors to experience the museum interactively, and to make them question their consumption habits.
Barcelona Design Summit 2018
At the Barcelona Design summit 2018, Needlab founder Sameera Chukkapalli gave a lecture on how design can bring dignity to communities. She showed how Needlab projects focus on improving the local economy, protecting the environment, and sharing new skills with locals.
Needlab thanks BCD Barcelona Centre de Disseny for hosting the summit, and for the invitation to raise awareness on issues related to sustainability.
we proved it again that technology can be used to make a difference. Needlab team along with FabLab Bhutan team installing hives in Bhutan. We as a team integrated well into the community because of the warm open-armed welcome we received. We worked with the beekeeping community for days conducting workshops and learning their way of beekeeping and these hives will give us feedback in few months to indicate us the next steps of the project. This is the beauty of using innovation for social benefit, we are reaching the grass roots of the community directly. Giving them access to the most advanced methodologies, redefining the supply chain.
Honoured and Humbled to discuss the importance of Human-Centered Design and Social Impact projects with the Hon'ble Prime Minister of BhutanTshering Tobgay. Needlab is extremely thankful for your support, we have been highly motivated by our discussion and will continue to work hard at making a difference.
GES-2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit
The United States of America and the Republic of India hosted the Global Entrepreneurship Summit with the theme "Women First, Prosperity for All". Honorable Prime Minister of India Narendra modi and adviser to the US President Ivanka Trump headlined the Summit.
Needlab was selected and invited to attend the GES conference, the team discussed collaborations with the decision makers of two of the largest democratic countries in the World.
The Responsive Cities Symposium / Active Public Space is organized as part of the Active Public Space (APS) project, by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
Needlab project "Growing bamboo" was selected and exhibited during the international symposium.
100 students, 10 days, age group - 10 to 44 coming from 7 countries, what has been collectively achieved over these 10 days is unimaginable. The mentors shared importance to "learn how to learn".
An initiative to encourage hands-on education and problem-solving, based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Sameera, founder of Needlab shared the importance of sustainable design, following the UN SDG. Thank you, Maker's Asylum for inviting Needlab to mentor at the STEAM SCHOOL.
TECH 2017- UNESCO conference
Mentored 100 students who created 19 working prototypes targeted to solve UN Sustainable Development Goals in 10 days. we presented the projects they created at the TECH 2017- UNESCO conference, with hope of spreading the potential in barrier free learning, learning by doing and peer to peer learning. Many we interacted with at the conference were astonished by the work accomplished in 10 days. We hope this does not stop here, we hope the 100 will spread this with another 100 and those with many more.
United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda.
Needlab pledges to join and follow the United Nations SDG's. It is "we the peoples" embarking on the road, together we can be the change.
Collaborative Organisations and Institutes.
Organisations who support us and stand by us in achieving our goals all over the world. Well, you can call them our backbone.