Who Are We?

 

The Fab City Global Initiative, launched in 2011, is a collective of civic leaders, makers, urbanists, and innovators dedicated to transforming urban industrial paradigms for a sustainable future.

 

In 2014, Barcelona’s mayor initiated a global countdown, challenging cities to produce (almost) everything they consume locally by 2054, while sharing knowledge globally. Since then, numerous cities have joined, creating a distributed network that prototypes local solutions to this challenge.

Transforming Cities for a Sustainable Future

Our initiative seeks to reinvent urban systems to better support life on Earth. This transformation requires courage, coherence, and long-term thinking. By re-localizing production, we aim to reduce dependency on complex global supply chains and move towards regenerative futures.

Interdependence 2054 is the beginning of a conversation, and actions, that will lead to the transformation of our industrial and economic landscape in the next 30 years.

How do we do it?

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Multiscalar Thinking

We operate on multiple scales to achieve maximum impact. Our approach uses systems thinking to transform production from the domestic level to the global stage.

Prototype the City

Cities are flexible playgrounds of ideas and initiatives. Built by and for humans they provide the opportunity for experimentation within a bioregional context.

Engage Real People

Fab City builds on a city’s heritage, aiming to engage existing initiatives in a narrative of productivity and regeneration. We connect local ecosystems with global networks.

Open Collaboration

Makers, entrepreneurs, academics, city officials, planners, and civic organisations. We promote open collaboration between stakeholders using a common approach to share and iterate.

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Advocate, everywhere

Everyone everywhere can advocate for productive futures. Regenerating our planetary systems needs citizens to be policymakers. We empower everyone to make their voice heard.

How can cities become more resilient?

Our Methodology & Tools
  • PITO to DIDO
  • Urbanists and Innovation Thought leaders
  • Chief Sustainability Officers
  • Entrepreneurs and Community Leaders
  • Business Stategists and Designers

Our Value

Since 2014, our distributed community has pursued a long-term vision: to make cities produce (almost) everything they consume by 2054. Our value lies in our comprehensive approach to addressing social inequality, environmental regeneration, digital innovation, and cultural heritage both locally and globally, ultimately contributing to the goals of the Global Green New Deal.

Our Network spans over 52 cities, regions, and countries worldwide, emphasizing the importance of resources, community engagement, and political action needed to achieve this challenge at the local level while collaborating and sharing knowledge globally. Our Collective, consisting of innovative leaders in academia, business, and policy, dedicates their time and effort to steward our 40-year roadmap and strategic agenda.

At the core of our initiative is the Fab Lab Network, a globally distributed network of fabrication laboratories founded by researchers at MIT. These labs provide access to tools and knowledge that empower individuals to create and innovate.

This distributed infrastructure and global community form the foundation of the Fab City Full Stack approach—a multi-scale strategy for long-term urban transformation.

We scale the innovation logic of the Fab
Lab to the City Level and Beyond.

Our roadmap towards 2054

2011-2014
Awareness

Launched in Fab7 Lima.
Fab City starts to be on the agenda of the Fab Lab Network.

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2014-2018
Launch

At the Fab10 Barcelona closing event, the Mayor announces the 2054 challenge.

Group of people from the Fab City community collaborating and innovating towards a sustainable future.

2018-2020
Consolidation

The Fab City Foundation is founded in e-Estonia.
The Full Stack is launched.

2021-2025
Growth

The strategic action plan based on the Full Stack is developed with the global initiative.
Products and programs of the Foundation are expanded to meet the global challenge.

Expert Contributors

Neil Gershenfeld

Neil Gershenfeld

Director Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT

Sherry Lassiter

Sherry Lassiter

Fab Foundation

Kate Raworth

Kate Raworth

Founder Doughnut Economics Action Lab

Liz Corbin

Liz Corbin

Co-funder and CEO Materiom

Julie Hjort

Julie Hjort

Chair of the Board
Danish Design Centre

Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno

Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno

Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy

Manu Prakash

Manu Prakash

Founder Prakash Lab Stanford

I Made Janur Yasa

I Made Janur Yasa

Founder Plastic Exchange

Ilham Habibie

Ilham Habibie

Chairman of The Habibie Center

Daniel Ibáñez

Daniel Ibáñez

Director of IAAC

Erkki Karo

Erkki Karo

TalTech

Francesco Cingolani

Francesco Cingolani

Volumes, Fab City Grand Paris

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