We wrote about Fab City earlier this year so it’s great to see more. We explored it in terms of 3D printing, but this article from GreenBiz looks at how local Fab Labs are inspiring makers and fostering community connections all over the US and Europe. We love the idea of creating a formal movement that can pledge change, but with the accessibility and identity of a grassroots organisation.
Asia Tamaoki, 18, admits he doesn’t know much about Fab City, an initiative challenging cities around the world to produce everything they consume by 2054.
“This is the coolest place,” Tamaoki said. “I’m learning all the time, and without the Fab Lab, I wouldn’t have the chance to access this stuff.”
That’s the point.
As the idea of Fab Labs and Fab City continues to gain traction on a global scale, what’s emerging aren’t ground-breaking technologies, fix-all machines and earth-shattering inventions. Rather, Fab City’s organisers are striving to build an international platform that invites makers, planners, thinkers, designers, students — everyone — to the table to share place-based best practices regarding urban design, workforce development, manufacturing, food production and more.
Given that humans have spent over 200 years developing global industry, Fab City understands that societal shifts won’t happen overnight; however, by empowering global citizens to make local changes, Fab City is connecting people around the world to transform the cities of today into the circular cities of tomorrow.