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Thursday, July 12

09:00 CEST

Welcome To Fab City Summit 2018
The rapid urbanisation process of the last century has been possible thanks to an economy built on top of the industrial revolution and the assembly line. This allowed to rapidly reproduce and replicate infrastructure, products and urban morphologies around the world, standardizing urban life. Cities of today reflect the standardization of industry and linearity of the economy in how the urban dynamics operate: they consume most of the world’s resources and generate most of the world’s waste (according to the United Nations). In the other hand, the exponential growth of digital technologies (computation, communication, fabrication) of the last decades opens new opportunities to enable a transition towards a model based on a global and distributed flow of data (and knowledge) and local flow of materials. 

Fab City connects globally networks of hyper-local infrastructures for fabrication, production, and distribution of goods and resources. By adopting these strategies, cities can radically transform the way production and consumption happen within their metropolitan regions, by replacing standardisation with smart customisation, focusing on interconnected processes instead of isolated products, and more importantly: empowering citizens and communities. The Fab City Global Initiative is an action plan for cities to operate this shift and then become more resilient through the relocalization of the production of energy, food, and products, and by enabling a global community of designers, makers and thinkers that amplify and multiply the scale of this important transformation.

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Tomás DIEZ

Director, (VEN) IAAC - FabLab Barcelona
Tomas Diez is a Venezuela-born Urbanist who specialises in Digital Fabrication and its implications for the future of cities.He is the director of Fab Lab Barcelona at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, the Fab Academy global coordinator and the European projec... Read More →
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Président, (FR) La Villette
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Sherry Lassiter

President - CEO, Fab Foundation
Sherry Lassiter is one of the architects of the MIT global initiative for field on-site technology development, the Fab Lab program. A Fab Lab, or as users like to call it, fabulous laboratory, is a rapid prototyping platform for technical education, innovation and personal expression... Read More →
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Président, (FR) Universcience
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Jean-Louis MISSIKA

Deputy Major Of Paris, (FR) City Of Paris
Since 2014, Jean-Louis MISSIKA is a Paris councilor and Deputy Mayor of Paris, in charge of urban planning, architecture, Greater Paris projects, economic development and attractiveness. From 2008 to 2014 he served as Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of innovation, research and higher... Read More →
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President, (FR) Fabcity Grand Paris
Minh Man Nguyen is Associate Professor of Digital Tools and has coordinated the Digital Think Tank and its Pedagogy at the Special School of Architecture. He also teaches at ENSA Paris Malaquais in the intensive and project studios within the Digital Knowledge department. He worked... Read More →

Thursday July 12, 2018 09:00 - 10:00 CEST
Parc de la Villette - LA GRAND HALLE
Friday, July 13

08:30 CEST

Waking up the power of cities and citizens - 120 seats available
Limited Capacity seats available

Waking up the power of cities and citizens. Cities are taking a protagonist role in addressing global challenges such as climate change and social exclusion. Policy makers are adopting new strategies with the rise of digital tools and citizen empowerment. We will learn from the city leaders how this can be done in a collaborative way? which are the best practices so far? how cities are sharing knowledge with their citizens and globally? is democracy ready to make a big transformation? 
The city of Barcelona invites you to have breakfast with the cities of Paris, Oakland and Belo Horizonte to discuss these topics and more coming from the interaction with the audience.

8:30-9:00 am: Refreshments
9:00-10: 15 am: Conversation between cities
10:15:10:30: Fab City book presentation


Each city will introduce its own vision around the two main challenges we are facing globally: climate change and social exclusion. The conversation will be moderated by Tomas Diez and Minh Nguyen, who will open questions from the public on the last 15 minutes of the conversation

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Nicolas BONNET

​Member of the ​national council of the French Communist Party, City of Paris
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Francesca BRIA

Chief Technology And Digital Innovation Officer, (IT) Barcelona City Council
Francesca Bria is Senior Researcher and Advisor on Technology and Innovation policy. She has a PhD in Innovation Economics for Imperial College, London and MSc on Digital Economy from University of London, Birbeck. As Senior Programme Lead at Nesta, the UK Innovation Agency, she has... Read More →
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Director, Strategic Partnerships in the office of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
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Deputy Mayor, City of Belo Horizonte

Friday July 13, 2018 08:30 - 10:30 CEST
Cité des Sciences Library - CINEMA