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FabCity Summit

Expert meeting on how to spread the idea of locally productive and globally connected cities.
This event is in English
Wednesday 20 Apr 2016, 13.00
wo 20 apr 2016, 13.00

A worldwide network is working out the concept of locally productive and globally connected cities: a Fab City. Fab City is a new urban model for self-sufficient cities in which citizens are empowered. Amsterdam will join this network too. To become a Fab City requires having a more precise knowledge of the way cities work. Which steps should be taken now to make our cities more resilient to future challenges?


Tomas Diez
Fab City Research Laboratory | Fab Lab Barcelona
Marleen Stikker
Directeur en mede-oprichter Waag
Vicente Guallart
Architect | IAAC co-founder
Egbert Fransen
Directeur Pakhuis de Zwijger
Kajsa Ollongren
Vicepremier en minister van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties
Ger Baron
Chief Technology Officer, City of Amsterdam
James Tooze
Research Associate, Future Makespaces in Redistributed Manufacturing
Frank Kresin
Dean of the Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industry at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Nicolas Lassabe
Co-founder of Artilect and FabLab Toulouse
Justyna Swat
Strategic designer - architect | co-founder POC21
Josien Pieterse
Bewoner Nautilus en lid van het collectief woonproject
Joost Beunderman
Civic Systems Lab
Mara Balestrini
Human Computer Interaction expert and technology strategist.
Christian Villum
Danish Design Centre
Benjamin Tincq
Co-founder Ouishare & POC21
Pieter van Boheemen
Waag Society
Julie Hjort
Danish Design Centre
Nat Hunter
Director of Machines Room & Circular Economy design expert
Massimo Menichinelli
Fab Lab Barcelona | IAAC
Liz Corbin
Research director Metabolic, Fab City member
Dietmar Offenhuber
Art, Design & Public Policy | Professor at Northeastern University
Michiel Schwarz
Cultureel denker, innovator en strategisch consultant | Sustainism Lab
Valérie Guichon
Coordinator of the Labfab@University of Rennes 1
Christian Iaione
Laboratory for the Governance of Commons
Marcos García
Cultural manager Medialab Prado
Hannah Stewart
Researcher Future Makespaces, Royal College of Art, London.
Mikkel Christian Knudsen Holst
Co-founder Underbroen |Special Advisor to city of Copenhagen
Thomas Ermacora
Urbanist, Technologist & Futurist, Founder of Machines Room & Limewharf, Author of Recoded City.
Jos Blom
Adviseur innovatie en strategie bij Alliander
Pallas Agterberg
Director of Strategy Alliander
Martin Berendse
Directeur Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA)
Farid Tabarki
Founding director Studio Zeitgeist
Femke Haccoû
CTO Office, City of Amsterdam
Maarten Claassen
Strategist Waternet
Nicola Mullenger
European Cultural Foundation |Connected Action for the Commons
Friso Wiersum
European Cultural Foundation, Hacking Habitat
Ursula Davies
Daniel Charny
From Now On, Fixperts & Maker Library Network
Rebecca Shoesmith
Creative Economy Programme Manager, MENA and East Asia, British Council
Martijn de Waal
Schrijver en onderzoeker | New Media & Public Space | Hogeschool van Amsterdam
Stan Majoor
Lector Coördinatie Grootstedelijke Vraagstukken bij HvA
David Li
Co-founder Hacked Matter
Joachim Meerkerk
Promovendus Urban Management | HvA Lectoraat Coördinatie Grootstedelijke Vraagstukken


Cities are where most of the planet’s population now live, and they offer the best opportunity to effect practical change at scale, and in a context to which people can relate. Cities are at the heart of addressing the social and environmental challenges of the 21st century. The Fab City is a global project to develop locally productive, self-sufficient and globally connected cities; it comprises an international think tank of civic leaders, fab lab champions, makers, urbanists and innovators working on changing paradigm of the current industrial economy where the city operates on a linear model of importing products and producing waste.

To become a Fab City requires having a more precise knowledge of the way cities work. The Fab City Expert Meeting is gathering world leaders on digital fabrication, innovation and urban design in order to look on future models of operations and research for the Fab City project. It will be organised in participatory sessions in which the best skills and knowledge from participants will be oriented towards a common direction of efforts in order to transform the way we work, live and play in cities. We aim to end up with a road map in order to look for funding and organisation opportunities for the future of Fab Cities.

About the Fab City movement

Fab City is a new urban model of transforming, building and shaping cities that shifts how they source and use materials from ‘Products In Trash Out’ (PITO) to ‘Data In Data Out’ (DIDO). This means that more production occurs inside the city, along with recycling materials and meeting local needs through local inventiveness. A city’s imports and exports would mostly be found in the form of data (information, knowledge, design, code).

In this way, the citizens and the city are empowered to be the masters of their own destiny, their resilience is increased and a more ecological system is developed because the movements of materials and the associated energy consumption and carbon emissions typical of the current economy are drastically reduced. In order for this to be possible, the city must be locally productive and globally connected to knowledge, economic and social networks, making cooperation between cities, citizens and knowledge centers the basis of the scientific knowledge.

This meeting is only accessible by invite