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Locally
productive,
globally connected
cities

By 2054 cities will need to produce everything they consume.

We are a collective of citizens, researchers, policy makers, teachers, developers and entrepreneurs working on bringing back production to cities.

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Cities are linear trash machines

We research and test concepts and prototypes that seek to change production paradigms from Product-In, Trash-Out models to Data-In Data-Out spiral sustainable ecosystems.

02

The Fab City initiative works in parallel to the international Fab Lab network, a network of over 1000 digital fabrication laboratories researching the future of materials, citizenship, manufacturing and entrepreneurship.

We can design locally, make globally

03

Smart Citieszens

We work with government, industry and society to enable citizen centric bottom-up urban planning and technology deployment for smarter cities.

  • Research

  • Technology

  • Community

  • Incubation

Fab City strategies and ethos comprise a diverse range of pilots, toolkits, information systems and insights that are being implemented through four transversal fields of focus for impacting and inducing long-term change in the present and future of cities.

About the Initiative

What we do

The
Fab
City
Manifesto

Fab City has been initiated by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, MIT Center for Bits and Atoms and the Fab Foundation; its operation is adjacent to the 1500+ strong Fab Lab network, using it as a global infrastructure and knowledge source to challenge cities to produce everything they consume by 2054. Cities are encouraged to join the growing network of Fab City locations, once a year at the Fab City Summit.

Partner Cities/States

Barcelona

Ekurhuleni

Amsterdam

Bhutan

Brest

Cambridge

Shenzhen

Boston

Kerala

Georgia

Toulouse

Sacramento

Curitiba

Paris

Somerville

Occitanie Region

Santiago de Chile

Detroit

Kamakura

Puebla

Velsen

Sorocaba

Mexico City

Seoul

Zagreb

Oakland

AUVERGNE-RHÔNE-ALPES

Belo-Horizonte

Our Partners

The Fab City global initiative is an effort of a group of leaders, organizations and projects dedicated to explore present and future of key fields for the development of productive cities such as digital fabrication, future information systems, intelligent materials, provenance and resource traceability, urban agriculture, alternative currencies and collective citizen empowerment.

The Collective

A core group of experts and enthusiasts advocate for the Fab City initiative globally, they are the Fab City Collective. Each invest resources to progress and champion the Fab City goals in their respective fields.

Tomas Diez

Director and co-founder at Fab Lab Barcelona. Co-director at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

Liz Corbin

Institute of Making; UCL.

Julie Hjort

Program Director; Danish Design Centre.

Christian Villum

Director of Digital & Future Thinking; Danish Design Centre.

Vasilis Niaros

Researcher Coordinator at P2P Foundation.

Daniel Heltzel

Fab Lab Berlin International Relations. Responsible Research & Innovation strategy and Innovation Facilitation.

Karen van der Moolen

Program Developer at Waag Society.

Egbert Fransen

Founder and director of Pakhuis de Zwijger.

Thomas Ermacora

Architect/Urbanist & Tech Angel. Founder of Machines Room and Clear Village. Xprize Resident Futurist.

Nat Hunter

Director, FANDCO, London.

Gareth Owen Lloyd

Director of Maker Projects FANDCO.

James Tooze

Senior Tutor & Researcher - Royal College of Art, London.

Vincent Guimas

Co-founder at Fab City Grand Paris Association and Les Arts Codés, Nouvelle Fabrique and ArsLonga.

Francesco Cingolani

Fab City Grand Paris Association and Volumes co-founder. Design by Data founder and director (École des Ponts ParisTech).

Minh Manh Nguyen

President of Fab City Grand Paris; Co-founder of WoMa.

Chris Monaghan

Co-Founder and Innovation Director at Metabolic.

Massimo Menichinelli

Researcher at Fab Lab Barcelona - IAAC.

Massimo Bianchini

Polifactory, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano.

Stefano Maffei

Polifactory, Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano.

Tsewang Lhundup

Director at Fab Lab Bhutan.

Mara Balestrini

CEO at Ideas for Change. Research fellow at IAAC and Fab Lab Barcelona.

Indy Johar

Co-founder of 00. Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation and Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield.

Daniel Charny

Creative Director at From Now On and Professor of Design at Kingston University.

Mikkel Holst

Co-founder of Underbroen and Acting Head of Creative Growth at City of Copenhagen

Asger Nørregaard Rasmussen

Community lead at Underboren and Project Manager at Copenhagen Maker

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