Tomas Diez is a Venezuela-born Urbanist specialized in digital fabrication & its implications in the future of cities. He is the director of Fab Lab Barcelona at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, the Fab Academy global coordinator, & the European project manager of the Fab Foundation. He holds a Bachelor degree in Urban Planning & Sociology by the University Simon Bolivar (Caracas – Venezuela), a Diploma in social work at the University of La Havana (Cuba), a Master in Advanced Architecture by IAAC, & a Diploma on Digital Fabrication in a pilot program on the class “How to Make Almost Anything”, offered by MIT Center for Bits and Atoms in 2008 as the year zero of the Fab Academy.


A fab city is not a city full of fab labs. It’s an ecosystem that is varied, coherent and connected

Tomas is a tutor in Design at the Royal College of Arts in London & co-founder of the Smart Citizen projectStudioP52 both in Barcelona, & has been the co-chair of the FAB10 Barcelona, the 10th international fab lab conference & annual meeting hosted by IAAC in 2014.

He mainly focuses on understanding the relation between machines & humans for the creation of a new economy, based in distributed manufacturing infrastructure & data architecture through open platforms.

Being one of the top digital social innovators to watch, Tomas is passionate about the use of digital fabrication tools that transform reality. If you want to find out how these new technologies change the way people consume, produce & relate with each other in cities, then Tomas is the one to turn to.

Fab City :  Looking back to the future in 2012 - Medium

I wrote this article for the CCCB Lab in 2012 and was published in 2013, when a lot of the changes we are seeing today were just starting. There are mentions to projects like Smart Citizen, and Fab City Initiative itself is the core of the content. 

Read the full article on Medium here

Tomas Diez at Maker Faire Shenzhen 2017