Buinho

FabLab and Creative Hub in rural environment

Rua Nova de São Brás 43, 7600-346 Messejana, Portugal

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Superficie 300 m²

Ouvert en Décembre 2015

Type de structure Non-profit association

Exploré en Février 2020


Buinho is a Creative Hub and the first rural Fablab in Portugal. Since 2015, creatives, makers, educators, and researchers unite in Messejana to experiment, prototype and learn. The aim of our association is to be an inspiring place, which fosters creativity, collaboration and innovation at the intersection of arts, technology and society. We offer various educative programs, private accommodation, different studios, and a creative residency program open for artists and makers from all over the world.

Thématiques principales

Technologie - machines & outils Communauté Robotique Industrie & innovation Hacking Education Electronique Design Photographie Art & culture Recyclage & upcycling Do-it-yourself Social Innovation Sustainability Digital fabrication Circular economy STEAM education Precious Plastic

Les ateliers les plus proches :

MAKER RESIDENCY 2022 - BUINHO

⬇Precious Plastic Alentejo ⬇

Buinho is more than just a fablab. We offer a creative residency program open for makers from different disciplines and backgrounds. In 2018 we created the first Precious Plastic unit in Alentejo, to which we added a machine building workspace in 2019, and we planned to create an educational centre dedicated to DIY Plastic recycling. Precious Plastic Alentejo is a European Solidarity Corps project (2020-3-PT02-ESC11-007468), coordinated by Buinho Associação, that aims to support the development of the circular economy practices with local communities in Alentejo until February 2023.

  • TYPE OF ACTIVITIES: developing creative workshops for different age-groups focused on the circular use of materials and products (e.g: biomaterials, plastic, repair initiatives)
  • PERIOD : 10 months (with holidays included / 2 days per month). Volunteer activities run from Tuesday to Saturday
  • DATES : from 01 May 2022 until 28 February 2023
  • TRANSPORT : Travel support included (arrival and departure to the project according to the distance bands defined by the European Commission for the ESC program)
  • ACCOMMODATION : Included (free); individual rooms in a local house near the Fablab
  • FOOD : 150 EUR / month
  • EXTRA FINANCIAL SUPPORT : 150€ pocket money support
  • HOW MANY PLACES : 3 makers at the same time
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE : 01 March 2022

The current volunteering project seeks to complement and expand the educational activities developed by a group of six individuals from Buinho, dedicated to sustainability, and social innovation. Besides our team mentorship and support, the volunteers will have access to all working spaces and equipments which include the Precious Plastic machines, the fablab, the school makerspace, and creative studios that we run in the historic town of Messejana.

We aim to develop activities that can connect social awareness (active citizenship) to creativity (design of new products or simply experimentation) and digital skills (digital manufacturing).

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STORY - Fablab in a rural environment

In 2015 our team created Buinho Association and with it the first fablab in rural Portugal. It was a very disruptive approach, started by a team of designers, teachers and researchers from digital and creative fields. Today Buinho is a European reference for our residency program, as well as our educational and community related programs.


VISION - Arts, Technology & Society

Our vision is to be an inspiring place which fosters creativity, collaboration and innovation. We operate at the intersection of arts, technology and society. Our work focuses on emergent technologies as instruments of social change, resilience, and sustainability. We are guided by the values of fairness, openness and inclusion.

Artists, makers, designers, educators, researchers — individuals and teams — everybody is invited.


“Buinho is a work in progress — we are, together with our residents always improving the spaces and adapting them based on the overall vision and current needs.”

The team is composed by:

Carlos Alcobia Founder and General Manager
Sara Albino Founder and Research Coordinator
Alexia Figueiredo Education Coordinator
Duarte Filipe Educator
Fiona Hawes Educative Consultant
Inês Mourato Educator
Ivan Vuksanow Design and Strategy Consultant
Mónica Reis Administrative Support
Polina Kushnerevich UX and Visual Designer

Buinho is more than just a fablab. We offer private accommodation, working studios, Precious Plastic workspace and machine building, daily production support, all within a creative framework open for artists and makers from different disciplines.

To us it is very important that our programs and actions are interconnected with the local community and heritage.

Among other initiatives, we offer:

  • a weekly cultural program promoted together with members of the local community
  • opportunities for artists to engage with our educational programs which extend to other municipalities in the Alentejo Region
  • residents to have the possibility to organize an open studio event open to the general public

Buinho is the ideal place for those who want to adopt a more experimental attitude in their creative practice, offering a unique experience to its residents.

STORY - Fablab in a rural environment

In 2015 our team created Buinho Association and with it the first fablab in rural Portugal. It was a very disruptive approach, started by a team of designers, teachers and researchers from digital and creative fields. Today Buinho is a European reference for our residency program, as well as our educational and community related programs.


VISION - Arts, Technology & Society

Our vision is to be an inspiring place which fosters creativity, collaboration and innovation. We operate at the intersection of arts, technology and society. Our work focuses on emergent technologies as instruments of social change, resilience, and sustainability. We are guided by the values of fairness, openness and inclusion.

Artists, makers, designers, educators, researchers — individuals and teams — everybody is invited.


“Buinho is a work in progress — we are, together with our residents always improving the spaces and adapting them based on the overall vision and current needs.”

The team is composed by:

Carlos Alcobia Founder and General Manager
Sara Albino Founder and Research Coordinator
Alexia Figueiredo Education Coordinator
Duarte Filipe Educator
Fiona Hawes Educative Consultant
Inês Mourato Educator
Ivan Vuksanow Design and Strategy Consultant
Mónica Reis Administrative Support
Polina Kushnerevich UX and Visual Designer

Buinho is more than just a fablab. We offer private accommodation, working studios, Precious Plastic workspace and machine building, daily production support, all within a creative framework open for artists and makers from different disciplines.

To us it is very important that our programs and actions are interconnected with the local community and heritage.

Among other initiatives, we offer:

  • a weekly cultural program promoted together with members of the local community
  • opportunities for artists to engage with our educational programs which extend to other municipalities in the Alentejo Region
  • residents to have the possibility to organize an open studio event open to the general public

Buinho is the ideal place for those who want to adopt a more experimental attitude in their creative practice, offering a unique experience to its residents.

Technologies & procédés mis à disposition

Scan 3D Impression 3D Découpe laser Découpe vinyle Fraisage numérique Electronique Photo & vidéo Impression, dessin & peinture Robotique Machines textile Soudure Arduino Precious Plastic Machines Aquaponie & hydroponie Biomatériel Recyclage du plastique Citizen Sensing

Services proposés

Missions de design Missions dans l'éducation Réparation d'objets Programmes de résidences Programmes d'échanges Cours pour enfants & stages de vacances Adhésions à l'atelier Stage étudiant

Nos pratiques inspirantes

Ce que nous faisons de particulier pour gérer notre espace collaboratif

Artist in Residency (AIR) Program

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Communauté Démarrer des projets Lancer de nouvelles activités Vision Créer votre atelier

The artist in residence (AIR) program is designed and implemented by professionals with years of experience in cultural institutions and similar programs. Buinho AIR is a space of experimentation but also of social transformation, contributing to the increase of the attractiveness of rural territories.

The residency program also includes:

  1. Free weekly tutorials and workshops about 3D printing, 3D modeling, CNC and laser cutting, robotics, and plastic recycling
  2. Weekly contacts with the locals from Messejana where we explore traditional practices as goat cheese or bread making, or visits to traditional artisans’ workshops
  3. Special programs and workshops for residents, such as the Precious Plastic Workshop (for recycling plastic: https://preciousplastic.com/), or our special education branch called Buinho Education (digital empowerment of local children and seniors).

“Our residency program is designed to provide the ideal environment for writers, artists, designers, and other creatives, while in direct contact with the unique atmosphere of the historic town of Messejana. We offer private accommodation, working studios, Precious Plastic workspace and machine shop, and daily production support…” _____

To learn more, read The Guide for Artist in Residency (AIR) program

Contact : info@buinho.pt

Nos projets de makers

Inspirez-vous des projets DIY de notre équipe & nos membres

EIRA - PROFESSORS MOBILITY

Right now, we are looking for Fablab partners that can provide courses to Portuguese teachers from the Alentejo region (1 week training for approximately 8 teachers - financed by the Erasmus grants).

Indeed, our accreditation is meant for the period of 2022-2027, with the possibility of future renewal, we are currently in the process of formalizing the agreement with the Portuguese National Agency for Erasmus.

Possible areas of training:

-Arduino or Micro:bit based bots

-3D modelling for creative practices

-Sensing and biolab


PRECIOUS PLASTIC ALENTEJO 2021-2023

VOLUNTEER WITH US IN PORTUGAL!

We are looking for makers to stay in our rural Creative Hub and Fablab from February 2022-November 2022.

Precious Plastic Alentejo is a European Solidarity Corps project supported by the European Commission (2020-3-PT02-ESC11-007468), coordinated by Buinho Associação, and running in Portugal from February 2021 until January 2023 (24 months).

Interested? Please feel free to reach out to us.


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