Philosophy

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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.