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The future of everyday living
EU2016 arts & design programme
FabCity Campus

Expert Meeting

This event is in English
Wednesday 20 Apr 2016, 1.00 pm
Wed 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
James Tooze
Research Associate, Future Makespaces in Redistributed Manufacturing
Frank Kresin
Waag Society
Marleen Stikker
Director and co-founder Waag Society
Nat Hunter
Director of Machines Room & Circular Economy design expert
Nicolas Lassabe
Co-founder of Artilect and FabLab Toulouse
Justyna Swat
Strategic designer - architect | co-founder POC21
Josien Pieterse
Netwerk Democratie
Joost Beunderman
Civic Systems Lab
Mara Balestrini
Human Computer Interaction expert and technology strategist
Benjamin Tincq
Co-founder Ouishare & POC21
Pieter van Boheemen
Waag Society
Christian Iaione
Laboratory for the Governance of Commons
Christian Villum
Danish Design Center
Julie Hjort
Danish Design Center
Vicente Guallart
Architect, founder FabLab Barcelona and initiator FabCity movement
Egbert Fransen
Director Pakhuis de Zwijger / EU2016 Cultural Intendant
Massimo Menichinelli
Fab Lab Barcelona | IAAC
Dietmar Offenhuber
Art, Design and Public Policy | Northeastern University
Liz Corbin
Institute of Making, Open Workshop Network Founder, Maker Assembly Co-Founder
Michiel Schwarz
Author 'A Sustainist Lexicon'
Valérie Guichon
Coordinator of the LabFab@University Rennes 1
Marcos García
Medialab Prado
Hannah Stewart
Researcher Future Makespaces, Royal College of Art, London.
Daniel Charny
From Now On, Fixperts & Maker Library Network
Rebecca Shoesmith
Creative Economy Programme Manager, MENA and East Asia, British Council
Kajsa Ollongren
Alderman City of Amsterdam
Ger Baron
Chief Technology Officer City of Amsterdam
Mikkel Christian Knudsen Holst
Co-founder Underbroen |Special Advisor to the city of Copenhagen
Thomas Ermacora
Urbanist, Technologist & Futurist, Founder of Machines Room & Limewharf, Author of Recoded City.
Farid Tabarki
Studio Zeitgeist
Nicola Mullenger
European Cultural Foundation | Collected Action for the Commons
Friso van Wiersum
European Cultural Foundation
David Li
Co-founder Hacked Matter
Joachim Meerkerk
Programme creator Pakhuis de Zwijger
Jos Blom
‎Innovation and Strategy Consultent at Alliander
Pallas Agterberg
Director strategy Alliander
Martin Berendse
Director Amsterdam Public Library (OBA)
Femke Haccoû
CTO Office, City of Amsterdam
Maarten Claassen
Strategist Waternet
Ursula Davies
Martijn de Waal
Researcher Urban Media & Citizen Empowerment at HvA
Stan Majoor
Lector Coördinatie Grootstedelijke Vraagstukken bij HvA


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