SUPERLOCAL
Crafting the Everyday (Zagreb)

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SUPERLOCAL, 0 miles production is a global network that promotes local manufacturing. It fosters a future vision on crafts and production. Starting from the fablab network, it elaborates a further layer, embracing also traditional manufacturing techniques. It is through the mix between new and old manufacturing techniques that every object is made. SUPERLOCAL final goal is to become a movement of people connecting resources and labour locally, but having a global impact. After being implemented in four different locations in Europe, the system develops through a constellation of activities, including local productions, production tours and lecturers internationally. Doing so, it helps local economies, promotes local craft traditions and encourages a new manufacturing mentality.

The goal of the workshop is to, through intense dialogue of local designers, craftspeople and makers, come up with new models of collaboration and new functional objects of everyday that help local economies by: exclusively using local materials, techniques, skills and knowledge and promoting new models of collaboration between designers, craftspeople and makers.

Crafting the Everyday will look into:

— new ways in which Zagreb can activate the value of its own local production assets by means of design and contribute to the global debate on dehumanization of production processes caused by hyper-production and neo-liberal market demands
— new models of collaboration between locally rooted producers: designers, craftspeople and makers, that can contribute to the economic and social sustainability of local community
— new projects that bring local craft skills, materials and techniques back into the design process, but merge them with new and available digital technologies 
— new everyday objects that are well balanced in using old manufacturing techniques and technological advancements of the digital revolution