The Speculative Prototyping Lab at the University of California, Irvine pursues social practice and pedagogy at the intersection of media art and speculative design. The lab supports collaborations between artists, designers, engineers, scientists, humanists and the general public. Projects have included pedal-powered 3D printing, a Tool Room of the Future for the Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition, and recycled cardboard furniture for a local community group. The lab resurrects research groups previously active at OCAD University that produced Making it Real, an exhibition of digitally fabricated objects, and Urban Ecologies, a book compiling ecological urbanism projects by thought and action leaders.
The Speculative Prototyping Lab was funded in part by the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology.