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Soomro, S.A.; Casakin, H.; Georgiev, G.V. A Systematic Review on FabLab Environments and Creativity: Implications for Design. Buildings 2022, 12, 804.

A systematic review on FabLab environments and creativity : implications for design

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Author: Soomro, Sohail Ahmed1,2; Casakin, Hernan3; Georgiev, Georgi V.1
Organizations: 1Centre for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, 90570 Oulu, Finland
2Department of Electrical Engineering, Sukkur IBA University, Sukkur 65200, Pakistan
3School of Architecture, Ariel University, Ariel 44837, Israel
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-01-04


Fabrication laboratories (FabLabs) and makerspaces are used to transform ideas into tangible products. Used in a design–learning context, they can enhance cognitive and creative skills. Creativity is the pivotal ability to produce innovative outcomes in makerspaces, and several studies have attempted to understand the role of makerspaces and creativity in specific fields. However, a comprehensive study offering a holistic view of the contributions of the makerspaces as built environments that foster creativity is lacking. Therefore, we conducted a systematic literature review on FabLabs, makerspaces, and creativity to address this research gap. While the review was performed using five major databases, only peer reviewed journal articles were considered. The findings revealed that makerspaces help to develop person, product, physical, and social environments, as well as process aspects of creativity. Moreover, makerspaces induce problem solving, collaborative, and communication skills; they also offer appealing environments and technologies for developing creative solutions to real-life problems. We identified and analysed five major themes dealing with technical skills, technological and environmental elements, STEM learning, and skill development, and elaborated upon their importance for enhancing creativity in FabLab and makerspace environments.

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Series: Buildings
ISSN: 2075-5309
ISSN-E: 2075-5309
ISSN-L: 2075-5309
Volume: 12
Issue: 6
Article number: 804
DOI: 10.3390/buildings12060804
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This research was funded by Academy of Finland 6Genesis Flagship grant number 346208, and by the Erasmus+ project “Bridging the creativity gap” (agreement number 2020-1-UK-01-KA202-079124).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 346208
Detailed Information: 346208 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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