Fab City Chch

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The Fab City Initiative is a global movement to create more resilient, self-reliant cities that are locally productive, yet globally connected.

The objective is to explore approaches towards activating Christchurch as a Fab City.

This can be done through connecting existing initiatives, utilising platforms to share knowledge, building awareness and capability around sustainable consumption and through sharing a common vision of how a 21st century city should function.

KEY PRINCIPLES OF A FAB CITY

 Shifting from the linear Product In - Trash Out (PITO) economy towards a Data In Data Out (DIDO) circular economy, where we share goods digitally and produce locally, reusing materials within a closed loop.

Shifting from the linear Product In - Trash Out (PITO) economy towards a Data In Data Out (DIDO) circular economy, where we share goods digitally and produce locally, reusing materials within a closed loop.

 Centralised industry centralises wealth, and separates the producer from the consumer, to the extent that most consumers have little or no understanding of where their products come from. Through the use of digital fabrication and distributed manufacturing, Industry 4.0 brings production to a local scale. Similar to the pre-industrial age, but amplified through digital tools and platforms.

Centralised industry centralises wealth, and separates the producer from the consumer, to the extent that most consumers have little or no understanding of where their products come from. Through the use of digital fabrication and distributed manufacturing, Industry 4.0 brings production to a local scale. Similar to the pre-industrial age, but amplified through digital tools and platforms.

 Over the past decade, a number of production tools that were exclusive only to big industry have become accessible to all citizens. Over 1250 Fab Labs around the world provide access to a common platform of digital fabrication tools allowing products to be shared across a distributed network. Distributed Manufacturing, or 'Industry 4.0' offers 'economies of scope', challenging the centralised model of 'economies of scale'.

Over the past decade, a number of production tools that were exclusive only to big industry have become accessible to all citizens. Over 1250 Fab Labs around the world provide access to a common platform of digital fabrication tools allowing products to be shared across a distributed network. Distributed Manufacturing, or 'Industry 4.0' offers 'economies of scope', challenging the centralised model of 'economies of scale'.

 The Maker Movement has rapidly expanded through the principle of sharing knowledge rather than protecting knowledge.  Digitisation is now extending to physical products. This shift has the potential to cause the same disruption as we've seen in the publishing, music and film industries. Creative Commons offers a framework to attribute recognition to the creators, yet still allows innovation to flow.  Within the Fab Lab Network, all know-how is shared, whether through online documentation, workshops or participatory platforms, such as citizen science initiatives.

The Maker Movement has rapidly expanded through the principle of sharing knowledge rather than protecting knowledge.

Digitisation is now extending to physical products. This shift has the potential to cause the same disruption as we've seen in the publishing, music and film industries. Creative Commons offers a framework to attribute recognition to the creators, yet still allows innovation to flow.

Within the Fab Lab Network, all know-how is shared, whether through online documentation, workshops or participatory platforms, such as citizen science initiatives.

Partnerships

If you're interested in finding out more about the Fab City Initiative, please contact us. We are looking participants who would like to see Christchurch become a Fab City.

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pledge
To produce all of what we consume by 2054



Case Studies

Fab City partnership:
Fab Lab BCN & IKEA

Fab City Amsterdam:
A City in Transition