ORGANIZED BY BISEVO ISLAND ARTIST RESIDENCY, FABLAB CROATIA, FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE ZAGREB WITH THE SUPPORT OF VULCA EUROPEAN PROGRAM AS PART OF ADRIATIC GREEN LAB INITIATIVE AND WITH THE SUPPORT OF OD&M.
Why Biševo needed makers?
As permanent or temporary residents of Biševo Island, we are witnessing strong touristic exploitation of the island. In this process, local residents with their lives and needs on this remote island remained forgotten, while history, memories, traditions and identity of Biševo are being lost.
In terms of life on the island, available resources and infrastructure, this beautiful Adriatic pearl has been neglected for almost a century. Water availability and its quality, waste management and protection of island nature are few of several issues that residents face on a daily basis, without support of the authorities seated on the neighbouring island of Vis.
Makers are creative individuals as a part of the makers culture, where technology is used to DIY (Do It Yourself) new devices as well as tinkering with the existing ones. On the Biševo Makers Island Workshop 2019 a diverse group of makers worked together, while using their simple technological skills and creativity to solve local issues (water, waste, island mapping) and leaving their projects to the local community.
Guided by the thought be the change you want to see in the world, this was their small, loving attempt to improve quality of life on Biševo based on creative makers energy, leaving small technological creations with a goal to make island life better and further share the experience globally.
Motivation for maker residency came from our friends in Green Lab Valldaura, near Barcelona. Their motto “Live, Design and Fabricate a Real-scale, Self-sufficient Prototype in Valldaura” motivated us to think about models for real problems we face on islands in Croatia. Therefore, “Adriatic Greenlab” initiative is established.
FabLab and City of Zagreb are part of Fab City global initiative since 2018, with motto “Locally Productive Globally Connected Cities and Citizens”. Fab City Manifesto is the core of our new greenlab island concept, shaping ”Adriatic Greenlab” initiative. Idea is to build models and solutions based on makers culture, local production, global knowledge, and since we are on islands, upgraded with nature based solutions.
- Remote sensing & mapping of island
- Plastic waste collecting & recycling
- Water related problems (collecting & testing)
Future vision > what about 1st Global Maker’s Island?