Who we are
We are FabCity Learning Lab, a temporary collaboration between Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, Inholland University of Applied Sciences and University of the Arts Utrecht (HKU). The Lab organises and facilitates the collective learning of all students and researchers at FabCity, for the On-Campus as well as the Off-Campus programme.
What we do
At FabCity we have a nice pavilion where researchers and students from different institutes and educational backgrounds share their knowledge and experiences; for instance their findings of the off-campus research programme. It is also the spot where students and tutors reflect on the learning process itself. Both didactically and methodically we’re trying new things at FabCity; we want to improve the education as we go. The Learning Lab can also be used by other residents of FabCity or people from outside if their field of interest or organisation relates to the different topics students are researching in the city of Amsterdam; a spatial-physical challenge with social challenges and issues related to economic transformation. Those interested can send a request via firstname.lastname@example.org or knock on our door and ask. We have an activity agenda hanging just outside of our pavilion. It mentions whether the (guest)lectures, seminars, presentations or workshops are accessible to everyone or to our students only.
Why we are here
FabCity is the place where the future is conceived and created. As research and educational institutes we should be on top of all new developments. Just like the Netherlands and the city of Amsterdam are hosting the presidency of the EU, we see ourselves as hosts; disclosing and sharing all the knowledge FabCity generates on- and off-campus.
What we want
At the end of 10 weeks of study and reflection, we will announce the results of the work of our young inquisitive professionals: an overview of how Europe could work more effectively on the above-mentioned areas. We then hope that the city of Amsterdam, along with a number of other European cities, start implementing these solutions. And, in parallel, that a number of European research institutions will monitor this process, for example by means of a minor Europe by People, that, who knows, is based on a curriculum we have figured out here at Learning Lab.