Meet the project partners

Nod Makespace

  • Location: Bucharest, Romania
  • Makerspace
  • Focus on entrepreneurship
  • Project coordinator

Nod Makerspace is a cultural-creative hub coordinator, established in the former Cotton Factory, Bucharest. In 2015, it was the first open to the general public makerspace in Romania. It currently exploits a 2200 sqm of mixed-use areas. It has developed in time complementary to the makerculture projects such as: a unique materials library, a makers’ accelerator, educational classes&trainings, design exhibitions. In 2021, Nod launched Makershop, a marketplace for the makers’ products, and Nod Design Lab for design&build projects, from object design scale to urban interventions, defined by social impact.
The hub’s mission is to foster resources for creative entrepreneurs and makers, in the fields of design, architecture, manufacture and related. Apart from the hub’s activities, Nod is involved in strategic projects such as contributing to Romanian national cultural policies 2023-2030 or representing Romania at International Exhibitions (Expo Dubai 2020) in the Design Section.

The organization mainly targets adults and adult learning. First of all, it addresses the Maker–entrepreneurs’ needs: small business owners, aged 16-60y, educated, social by default, motivated by business growth opportunities and peer collaboration, concerned by sustainable business approaches, eager to learn more on sustainability. They need financial and mentoring support. Most of these learners have a prior technical formation: mechanical, electrical, civil constructions, electronics, robotic engineers, architects, landscape and urban designers, furniture designers and manufacturers /
arts&crafts formation such as fashion and jewellery designers, sculpture, visual arts. Lastly, Nod Makerspace is open for all interested in making, eager to learn or to start a business. Even though not part of Nod’s activities, children’s education is also a target of the makerspace, being implemented through other partner’s activities&knowledge – specialized in experiential education for children.


Transit Projectes

  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Public service provider
  • Focus on community building
  • Project partner

TRÀNSIT is a socio-cultural company based in l’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona) that aims to facilitate access to cultural capital and understands culture as a research and development process.

TRÀNSIT employs around 240 people. It is an independent firm, but it creates synergies and common projects with CEPS Projectes Socials  and ITD,
Innovation, Transfer and Development.

For almost thirty years now, TRÀNSIT has been collaborating on a regular basis with the main experts in cultural, educational and social organisations at the local, national and international levels to define new strategies for private businesses, associations, foundations and public institutions.

Our area of work relates to and directly impacts the creative industries associated with culture, education and the maker movement.

We reach a group of adult learners from 18 to 30 years old with varied interests related to the maker movement, as well as sharing its values as aligned
with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. We also have a network of young cultural managers and artists linked to reflecting on the relationship between people and machines and how this impacts community cultural development.

Our area of expertise in the MakerABC project is the development of community and strategies for community engagement within the maker movement.

Institut d’Arquitectura Avancada de Catalunya

  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Research Institute/Centre
  • Focus on Sustainability
  • Project partner

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) is a cutting-edge education and research centre dedicated to the development of an architecture capable of meeting the worldwide challenges in the construction of habitability in the 21st century.
Fab Lab Barcelona is part of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, where it support different educational and research programs related with the multiple scales of the human habitat. It has a crucial impact in the development of the IAAC’s mission, supporting educational and research programs as well as acting as the global coordination entity for Fab Academy, a digitally distributed educational platform where students develop knowledge about the principles, applications and implications of digital manufacturing technologies.

Activities in fab labs range from technological empowerment to peer-to-peer project-based technical training to local problem-solving to small-scale high-tech business incubation to grass-roots research. Projects being developed and produced in fab labs include solar and wind-powered turbines, thin-client computers and wireless data networks, analytical instrumentation for agriculture and healthcare, custom housing, and rapid-prototyping of rapid-prototyping machines.
One of the strategic areas of the IAAC Fab Lab Barcelona is Future Learning, the unit of experts in Education 4.0 and which accompanies citizens and organizations in the transition to the acquisition of new skills in learning how to learn, learn by doing and learn throughout life. These skills are demanded not only by the creative industry but also by the 4.0 industry in general, and they allow us to respond to the challenges that society demands of us and to the future of work.