Decentralised workshops across Europe about 3D modeling a part of Bourbon’s heritage .

Introduction of the project

In May 2019, Vulca engaged 8 fab labs from 5 European countries to create a 3D model of Bourbon’s heritage building from their city as a part of a cultural distributed workshop.

This distributed project was the opportunity for young people and children from the partner spaces to learn in a new way their heritage. At this time, the Bourbon Distributed workshop appeared as an ideal opportunity for us to prove the strength of our network and established personal contacts by defining the partners of this project.

Allier Departement as the leading partner has been developing a strategy to open their door to international collaborations for a heritage-related project with the aim of creating 3D models of Bourbon’s heritage buildings all across Europe.

Bourbon DISTRIBUTED Workshop 

The Bourbon dynasty is one of the examples of connecting citizens through alliances. As a shred of historical evidence, there is a common heritage left across 13 countries dating from the 14th century. Fab labs and makerspaces do not have this long history but share a similar spirit of connecting people through developing and building projects together.

Human to digital

Through our network that has been developing over the last few years, we were able to bridge the gap between digital fabrication and cultural heritage, connecting the 8 partners selected to achieve this project.

The coordinator chosen for this distributed project representing Vulca was Thomas Sanz. He has been an active member for Vulca association for one year, but he has been in the makers’ movement since 2014. This background in makery gave him the capability to understand both the difficulties and the possibilities of various technologies a makerspace can offer. Because he obtained a MS in political and cultural geography, he could equally understand the importance of heritage for space and their relation with citizens. 

It was important for this project to put machines and overall technicalities in the context of society and its heritage, and Thomas’ interdisciplinary approach was the right way to succeed in that.

Madrid – Spain

Verona – Italy

Moulins – France

What was achieved

  • Connection and creating links

One of the main missions of Vulca is establishing new connections between maker communities that did not have an opportunity to meet before but share a common value.

  • Course and Workshop

Through the course of 3 weeks, 8 teams from 5 countries were working on creating 3D reconstructions of their local heritage. Experts and hobbyist in 3D modeling between 13 and 30 years old, were introduced with digital fabrication while at the same time learning about the history of their place. 

  • Exhibition 

Following workshops, Vulca received all CAD files to prepare an exhibition that will last from June to October 2019 in a Museum based in a castle in Moulins. Also all CAD files and Scenographie are going to be open source to be accessible for everyone.


Culture and Digital Fabrication to better recognize the maker movement

This distributed workshop was an opportunity for us to bridge a local institution with makerspaces, sensitizing them to the maker movement and it spirit.

Such a distributed project will help us preparing Peer-to-Peer Exchange, because the workshop was organized by different spaces, in several countries, during the same time. It was the opportunity for the 8 partners to get to know each other and maybe then, imagine an exchange of makers between communities.