Pablo de Soto is a Spanish architect, academic and technologist who works on geographical and disciplinary boundaries. In March 2022 he became director of LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial. He works at the intersection of art and architecture with digital media technologies exploring new conceptual frameworks and cutting-edge tools. His practice-led research uses fieldwork, radical cartography and critical epistemologies to produce spatial knowledge and investigate the urgent political and environmental conditions of our time.
DeSoto has a creative approach to pedagogy always in the search for inventive strategies, experimental methods and imaginative processes.In 2010 he launched Mapping the Commons, a parametrical experimental method and multiyear research participatory project on urban commons with six case studies in Europe and South America awarded with the Elinor Ostrom prize by University of Buenos Aires. In 2015 he created the Drone Hackademy, a temporary school, citizen science laboratory and critical theory platform for the use and discussion of unmanned aerial vehicles as a social technology.