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Social Fabrication Laboratory

Date of establishment: November 1, 2012
Director: Hiroya Tanaka (Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies)
Contact: "Social Fabrication Center" z104, Keio University SFC
Hiroya Tanaka (htanaka[at]mva.biglobe.ne.jp) (ext. 52625)

Objectives

There are two kinds of distinctive facility that have been experiencing something of a global boom of late, the "Future Center" and the "Fab Lab." Future Centers are intended to be shared by citizens who play a variety of roles in society, and were started to provide locations for communication and discussion toward problem solving. On the other hand are Fab Labs, small-scale workshops offering digital fabrication devices, in which citizens in local communities can take part in fabricational activities.

In this laboratory, we are aiming to create and establish new creative facilities and activity models, exclusive to Japan, through combining these different yet mutually-complementary resources.

Research Outline and Our Goal

As part of our foundational research, we conduct research and development into (1) facilitation techniques that allow individuals to generate ideas in groups and bring them to form, (2) digital fabrication techniques (rapid prototyping techniques) that quickly transform ideas into practice while maintaining freshness, and (3) open design platforms, that allow knowledge garnered on the spot to be transcribed into an appropriate group share format. We intend to promote development through aggressive collaborations with other facilities, including Future Centers and Fab Labs both in Japan and overseas, and utilize these locations for research opportunities, including user tests and field tests to verify research results.

Our ultimate goal is to develop a total platform package, which can provide services related to design tools, design machines and design methods for more community-minded, group-minded and share-minded "social fabrication," and go beyond the well-popularized paradigm of "personal fabrication."

In order to achieve this goal, we plan to mainly promote the following research projects:

  1. "Fundamental study in Japanese-style Future Centers" project
  2. "Fab Lab near Yokosuka Line (name tentative)" project

In this laboratory, we initially propose launching a Fab Lab for demonstration experiments and prototype development. We will analyze any problems and make improvements, toward the ultimate goal of developing new creative facilities and activity models, exclusive to Japan. Through these activities, we expect to realize systemization of the design process, and generate both niche and outstanding products and the communities of users of those products. This has not yet been achieved through conventional mass-production methods and desk plans, but we believe will be realized through a number of on-the-spot validations.

Memberships

Name Affiliation
o Hiroya Tanaka Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Development of a Fabrication Environment
Jun Murai Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Development of a Fabrication Environment
Akira Wakita Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Development of a Fabrication Environment
Toshiyuki Masui Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Development of a Fabrication Environment
Yuji Ohgi Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Development of a Fabrication Environment
Jin Mitsugi Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Development of a Fabrication Environment
Keisuke Uehara Associate Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Development of a Fabrication Environment
Yasuaki Kakehi Associate Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Research into open source designs, and design support tools
Daijiro Mizuno Associate Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Cultivating Ideation Techniques
Fumitoshi Kato Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Cultivating Observation Techniques
Katsuhiko Ogawa Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Fumio Shimpo Professor, Faculty of Policy Management
Takashi Iba Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management
Masahiro Kotosaka Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management
Review and proposal of social system and legislative system
Tomoaki Watanabe Project Associate Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Takuji Tokiwa Project Associate Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Emu Masuyama Project Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Research on open source design
Noriyuki Aibe Project Associate Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Development of a Fabrication Environment
Shohei Aoki Project Research Associate, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Development of a Fabrication Environment
Tsuneo Masuda Project Research Associate, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Development of a Fabrication Environment
Kazuo Ohno Project Researcher, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Development of a Fabrication Environment