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Friday, July 13


What is the place of territorial & state authorities in the establishment of a Fab City approach?
Limited Capacity seats available

Each city, grouped by country and represented by local elected representative or FabCity contributors, can participate to this workshop. The intention is to have an action-oriented discussion about on the role of city councils and national governments to facilitate the involvement in a FabCity process. What is the role of city councils in a city engaged in the FabCity network? How to foster interactions  between cities? What can be the role of the national government? How can the government help cities (network, tools, standard)?

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Mission Société Numérique
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Designer and Fablab manager, UBO Open Factory
Designer and Fablab manager at the UBO Open Factory since 2016. Graduated from a DNSEP Design (Higher National Diploma of Plastic Studies) at Ecole Européenne Supérieure des Arts de Bretagne - EESAB in 2015. She is in charge of the FabCity Brest Project for UBO Open Factory.
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Member, City council of Brest
Ronan PICHON is member of the city council of Brest, France, since 2014. He is devoted to digital affairs, social economy and sustainable development.As city councilor he thrives to promote the empowerment of citizens and organizations, using digital tools, to build a more inclusive... Read More →
avatar for Aurélie PORTOIS


Entrepreneur, Social Innovator based in Liege, Belgium and in Nice, France.Last 10 years, through creative actions and territory projects, Aurelie has built active communities of makers, hackers, scientists and innovators in Belgium and France.She created the RElab, fablab in Wallonia... Read More →


Workshop - Design principles for open source futur of food plateform
Limited Capacity seats available

Open-source communities has proven to be a very effective way to innovate and gain adoption in a short time. But building and sustaining open-source communities is not easy. How do we build momentum? Ensure quality? And create ownership for the community to self-sustain?

The Danish Design Center and Growstack.org invite you to take part in developing design principles for open source community-based innovation. At the workshop we invite everyone to share knowledge and best practice when we facilitate a hands-on session, where we co-create a set of principles for community-based innovation by asking how to:
  • Mobilize and lead a community
  • Ensure quality in a community-based project
  • Assign responsibilities and roles in the community
  • Align a disrtributed crowd towards a common mission
  • Ensure the right infrastructure for the community
  • Empower the co-creators to take ownership
The workshop is for everyone working with- or interested in open-source communities, who wants to share and gain knowledge. The outcome should be applicable for communities working across disciplines and industries, paving the way for successful open-source innovation.

Organizers: The Danish Design Center and Growstack.org

Julie Hjort, The Danish Design Center, is a member of The Global Fab City Initiative and Programme Directorat the Danish Design Centre. She works with design strategy inrelation to the democratization of technology, co-creation andopen innovation. With a background in culture and the arts, she is interested in exploring how creative environments, such asthe maker movement, can inspire industry and the public sectorto adopt new ways of working and develop better solutions. Julie is also vice chairman of the board for Maker, a network organisation that aims to support and promote the maker movement in Denmark and Co-founder of the Copenhagen Hardware Alliance.

Frederik Lean Hansen and Tina Ryoon Andersen are with the Growstack community enabling distributed local food prodution, starting with vertical farming. Growstack is making an open technology-stack and the needed knowledge accessible while kickstarting local vertical farms, starting from Copenhagen and Barcelona. Frederik has a background in open-source entrepreneurship, food technology and economics - Tina has a background in community-building, creative industries and the intersection between startups and unions.

Welcome by DDC and Growstack
Lightning talks by:
  • Frederik Lean Hansen, Head of Growstack
  • Christina Rebel, Wikifactory
  • TBC
Facilitated workshop: Three sessions in groups
Wrap up: Outcome and next step

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Co-founder & CEO / Co-founder, Nextfood / CPH Foodtech Community
Co-founder and CEO of Nextfood and co-founder of CPH Foodtech Community. Background in venture capital, entrepreneurship, science and philanthropy.
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Co-founder & Project lead, Growstack & CPH Foodtech Community
I want to decentralise food production via open-source innovation and smarter ways of doing local cooperatives. I'm an entrepreneur with experience in tech, open source communities and business development.
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The Danish Design Center
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(DK) Growstack
Growstack partner and project developer at The Danish Society of Engineers, IDA. I have a background in media- and cultural studies and is co-instigator of community-based initiatives such as Growstack.org and CPH Tech Book and Film Club. I am interested in the potential of tech... Read More →


Workshop - MakerNet: distributed manufacturing
Limited Capacity filling up

MakerNet is a distributed manufacture ecosystem. Its goal is to make cities self-sufficient by relocalizing manufacturing everywhere in the world: locally, near the consumers. Backed by Fab City, our platform creates a relationship between worldwide product designers (makers, architects...), product consumers, and local manufacturers around the consumers (Fab Labs, artisans...). The product's cost is divided for manufacturing and intellectual property in full transparency and security using the blockchain.

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Pierre-Alexis Ciavaldini

CEO, (FR) MakerNet
Maker and programmer, I created the MakerNet project 3 years ago. MakerNet is a distributed manufacturing ecosystem and a part of FabCity's industry stream. Most of my developing work happens in blockchain space for ecosystems that empower citizens.


FabCity Index - Towards productive cities - Ideastorming and planning
Limited Capacity seats available

MASTERPLAN for expert 

FORMAT: Roleplay - Each team chooses its US city or county.

> Work in 4 subgroups on 4 countries US / cities FR Each group chooses their city from a predefined list (variety and interest of the sectors, eg Textile, food, building materials, furniture ...)

"You are the municipal team in the community, your goal is to reach 10% manufacturing autonomy by 2025. The winning city will be the one that proposes the strongest and most ambitious action plan! " Everyone draws a card that defines their role, namely to defend the interests of some PP (Mayor, dir dev Eco, dir citizen mobilization, dir urban renewal, dir agriculture, etc.).

Step 1 - specify the 2/3 most strategic sectors to work on in a FabCity approach (20mn) Medium: Analysis of the FabIndex of your city + data on the territory (a map of industrial sites / wastelands / major infrastructures on the territory)

Step 2 - propose a roadmap for the territory to relocate these sectors (45 minutes), specifying:
> What would be the emblematic places in terms of location and programming?
> What roadmap to engage audiences - citizens, entrepreneurs, corporations and communities

For inspiration > generic entrepreneurship cards + criteria (open place, insertion, mix of uses etc.)

Restitution - 20 minutes -

You present in 5 minutes the project to your citizens, you must make them adhere to your program

IDEATION for all 

Each team chooses their city from a list and goes to work in a priority sector of their city. Work support: IDEA MAKER card game (forced ideation game)

>> Each team has one hour to generate the maximum idea to relocate industrial activity in its sector and select the 3 flagship actions that will base its program. The proposed ideas can be innovative places and mobilization approaches.

Pitch of ideas - 5mn then vote of the room

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Annabelle RICHARD

Annabelle is an environmental chemistry engineer and graduated from the Stockholm Polytechnic Institute in 2007 with a Master's degree in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development. For the past 10 years, she has been supporting local and regional players, both public and private... Read More →


Tangible Data
Limited Capacity seats available

The best way to think about how can advanced technologies help us in the future, is to complement those ideas with traditional knowledge that once helped us build societies. Historically, a big part of this knowledge has been constructed through the preservation of stories and information in the form of physical objects, as a language for talking about those things communities wouldn’t have been able to talk otherwise. Is in preserving this cultural heritage in the shape of physical stories what has helped us reinforce our cultural heritage. The city of the future, with automation and biggest developments in technology being a big part of it, needs to reinforce this more than ever before, making sure that the tools we use to build and design take into consideration the expressions of our cultural life.  

This workshop is about how to translate qualitative data into physical and tangible pieces. We will be working with individual and collective narratives to design patterns that could then be translate into a physical weaving piece. We will tell and record cultural stories, analyze the audio using JavaScript and translate that data into a physical weaving piece people can take home. With this, we will be turning intangible expressions into physical objects to reflect on the importance of materials, designs and the language we can create just by using patterns.

The patterns created will also reflect of how cities are being build, combining different patterns that together create bigger ones. At the same time, the logic behind weaving, intertwining two pieces of materials to form a new shape, is also the base of how materials are used to construct new ones. In this case, this workshop will shed light on the language expressed by materials and its designs, and how together can create meaning, just as how the patterns inside a city or a space can also create different meaning for people.  

This is a new version of previous workshops I’ve been developing in the last year. By combining crafting with digital tools, we are able to create a new learning approach and a new way of understanding how to humanize our digital creations through handcrafting. People will learn the basics of weaving while the basics of how to translate stories into digital design that could then be applied to other surfaces and materials, and to reflect of how data stored in physical objects is a medium for expression we need to keep using in the future.

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Motwani Jadeja Fondation
I'm a designer and educator, who uses her skills as a technologist and storyteller to create dialogues around topics such as culture, identity and community, either through crafting compelling narratives about socio cultural realities or developing projects that could turn into tools... Read More →


Workshop - Computational Design
Limited Capacity seats available

The workshop will explore how computation affects architecture, urbanism, engineering, and construction, toward new concepts, aesthetics and methodologies.
We will present some of our recent works in solar passive design, performative-driven algorithms, urban morphologies, complex geometries, digital fabrication...

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Sébastien PERRAULT

Design Engineer / Teacher Ponts Paris Tech


Workshop - Food City
Limited Capacity seats available

Fab City // Food City

In the Fab City / Food City workshop we will work together on a vision
for self-sufficient cities & Food Commons. Can we
produce/transform/distribute/recycle healthy food using the urban and
the peri-urban areas? What building blocks do we have and which ones are
missing to get there? What are the leading examples? The workshop
addresses anyone who is interested in sustainable food systems, urban
agriculture, and food as a Commons.

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Sony Computer Science Laboratories
Peter Hanappe studied electronic engineering at the University of Ghent, Belgium. He wrote his Ph.D. thesis on real-time music and sound environments at Ircam (Centre George Pompidou, Paris). When a researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris he has worked on new modes of content creation and distribution that involve the participation of (online) communites. He now focuses on projects in the domain of sustainability. He was involved in setting up a collective system for monitoring noise in urban environments... Read More →

Jonathan MINCHIN

Iaac / Valldaura Self-Sufficiency Lab
Having studied Fine Arts and Design Craftsmanship, Jonathan Minchin attained a masters degree MSC in ‘International Cooperation, Sustainable Emergency Architecture’ in 2010.In this field he has worked on housing and development projects alongside ‘Habitat for Humanity’ in... Read More →


Workshop - From construction site to my living room
Limited Capacity seats available

The purpose of the workshop is to think in groups, to imagine, and to conceive with the help of models, solutions of reuse, reuse (upcycpling).

In order to give a second life to a material coming from a Parisian yard, your job will be to design a piece of furniture or interior design based on this deconstruction material, and imagine giving it a place in your living room. for example!

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Founder, R-USE
R-USE est une jeune société de conseil et d'ingénierie en Réemploi des matériaux de construction. Nous valorisons les matériaux de déconstruction en leur donnant une seconde vie, avant qu'ils deviennent des déchets. Nous intégrons le réemploi dans la conception architecturale... Read More →

Friday July 13, 2018 14:00 - 16:00
Folie N5 - WOOD/BOIS Galerie de l'Ourcq, Paris, France


Workshop - Nature's recipe book. Participating in the next generation of materials for a circular economy
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In this workshop, participants will be invited to design and make new matrials for a circular economy; plastics made from algae, starch and proteins; composites made from natural fibers, common minerals, and clays.  

We are used to thinking about material supply chains as large scale and industrial, and are taught that knowledge about materials is the domain of polymer chemists and professional engineers.  But what if anyone, anywhere, could participate in making materials with nothing more than the tools inside their kitchen and the matter on their doorstepfrom? 

We will also explore the emerging design space that surrounds these materials, and introduce a materials-driven design approach that harnesses the strength and resilience found in nature to grow nested material systems using life-friendly chemistry and locally abundant nutrients.

Materiom is an international group of artists, designers and engineers. Our mission is to enable everyone, everywhere to participate in the next generation of circular materials by publishing an open source library of materials made from locally abundant ingredients.

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Director, (UK) Materiom
Director of Materiom, Liz Corbin is a materials designer and researcher. In addition to Materiom, Corbin is currently a tutor in Design Product at the Royal College of Art and and a researcher at University College London's Institute of Making.
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Director, Professor, Materiom, Universidad de Santiago de Chile


Workshop - Sensing and measuring pollutants in the atmosphere’s boundary layer with Aerocene Explorer
Limited Capacity seats available

In this practical workshop participants will become familiar with the Aerocene Explorer backpacks, and learn how to fly emissions-free tethered flights. Do note, Aerocene flights are by definition weather dependent and might not follow the exact schedule. Once the Sun is out, Aerocene naturally adjusts, heading out to sense the atmosphere without temporal limitations!

The Aerocene Explorer is a tethered-flight starter kit, which enables anyone to launch their own Aerocene sculpture and start exploring the skies. Using Do-It-Together (DIT) techniques, Aerocene changes how people investigate environmental, social and political questions. The Aerocene Explorer engages participants in a thinking-through-making activity, stimulating imagination and creativity, and imparting information about solar balloon flight, thermodynamic physics, meteorological science, and art practices. The Aerocene Explorer is currently being tested and developed by a global community of artists, geographers, philosophers, thinkers, speculative scientists, explorers, balloonists, technologists and other enthusiasts.

We will attach to the Explorer different payload options built during previous workshops, trying various sensors:
  • POLLUTION: An environmental monitor that measures the amount of particles in the atmosphere built with a cheap sensor that uses laser technology
  • LIFE IN THE AIR: A set of parachuting insect traps for taking multiple samples e.g. at different altitudes, areas or times of day
  • WEATHER: altitude-temperature-pressure-humidity
  • SIGNATURES: motion tracker to create signatures in the air towards independence from fossil fuels
  • MAPPING: aerial pictures and videos
  • INFRASOUND: infrasound detection
  • RADIO TRANSMISSION: including mesh network

The workshop is hosted by Aerocene community members Sasha Engelmann, Julieta Arancio, Tomás Saraceno, Erik Vogler and Joaquin Ezcurra.

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Aerocene community

Aerocene Foundation
Aerocene emerged with Museo Aero Solar in 2007, a collectively produced aerosolar sculpture made with reused plastic bags. The Aerocene Explorer was collaboratively invented in 2015, to enable anybody to sense the air in a new way. Together with the Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary... Read More →

Friday July 13, 2018 14:00 - 16:00
Carrefour numérique² - FABLAB 59A Boulevard Macdonald, 75019 Paris, France


Workshop - Waste Factory
Limited Capacity seats available

Waste Factory is a project on plastic recycling in Fab City Brest, managed by Sarah Laubie, Designer. Based on circular economy principle, Waste Factory is working with local actors to produce locally functional and recycled objects using digital machines. This workshop will illustrate the different steps, from waste collection to the final object fabrication. Porté par Sarah Laubie (designer) Waste Factory est projet de recyclage des déchets plastiques situé à Brest. L'objectif étant de créer une économie circulaire en travaillant avec des acteurs locaux déjà implantés sur le territoire pour produire des objets fonctionnels et recyclables de nombreuses nouvelles fois via notamment des machines à commandes numériques. Un atelier vous permettra de comprendre les différentes étapes du processus, de la collecte à de l'objet fini, accompagné d'une démonstration de découpe CNC.

avatar for Anne LE GARS


Designer and Fablab manager, UBO Open Factory
Designer and Fablab manager at the UBO Open Factory since 2016. Graduated from a DNSEP Design (Higher National Diploma of Plastic Studies) at Ecole Européenne Supérieure des Arts de Bretagne - EESAB in 2015. She is in charge of the FabCity Brest Project for UBO Open Factory.


A Rural Biennale and ideas of Autonomous Ruralism
Limited Capacity seats available

The disruptive developments of dispersed infrastructure frames a moment in time where we can fundamentally reconceive of how we make, fund, and even conceptualize the world that surrounds us and how we engage with the possibilities of a new Autonomous Ruralism

Cities began as a simple collection of individuals sharing common elements. They have slowly evolved to include megageopolitical networks. These systems have been manifested by large, far reaching governmental and corporate built forms. With the emergence of dispersed infrastructural realities [mobiles, pvs, drones, etc], we stand at a disruptive moment – where the assumed reliance of human habitat upon top down forms is in question.

Our current reality of global capitalism has left our rural lands behind. Whether the vacancies of Italy, villagers in China, or small town America; the challenges facing the rural have yet to be resolved. But there are hints in constellation urbanism for alternative futures for our rural habitats. The necessity for greater logistical, ecological, and economical connections in these places to our new global reality can be seen in dispersed infrastructures and accompanying Autonomous Urbanisms. A new form of interdependent individuality is possible.

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Founder, Land and Civilization Compositions
Jason Hilgefort studied at the University of British Columbia and the University of Cincinnati. He has worked with Peter Calthorpe, Rahul Mehrotra, Maxwan, and ZUS. He lead Maxwan’s competition victories in Helsinki, Basel, Kiev, Brussels, Ostrava, Hannover, and Lithuania before... Read More →


Workshop - Agile and flexible architectures for welcoming host cities
Limited Capacity seats available

As the world knows strong motions of populations, how may we change the ways of welcoming people in European metropolises and capital cities? The project IMBY, meaning In My Back Yard, proposes to unveil the existing civilian will of help toward refugees by setting tiny houses in private family gardens. The tiny houses are agile and flexible architectures to welcome refugees in cities. Aiming at an agile and resilient city, Quatorze promotes and develops social and solidarity architectures. We explore ways of doing things together: co-design and co-construction. Imby is becoming a reality through a progressive and iterative process which started thanks to an international architectural competition. After setting the concept, a network of partners enabled our team to build the first prototype. Later, mixing public funding and crowdfunding the prototype was changed and adapted to be set as a home located in a garden in Montreuil. Inhabited for few months this first piece of architecture deeply interlaces with social workers involvement. Imby is a transitory housing, from 3 to up to 12 months, leading to an eased autonomy in hosts countries. Within the next two years, 5 tiny houses will be installed in the Ile-de-France region.

In its process, Imby integrates third country nationals via community building and volunteering with locals around the topic of housing, which implies building architectural structures as well as improving living conditions. Putting together architectural and social aspects, Imby changes the mindset of hospitality not by education, but by authentic working experience and lived community with the people affected. Imby promotes volunteering and increases the knowledge about facilitation of workshops between migrants and locals. The setting of opening construction times strengthen the intercultural competence for the younger generation in EU and eases the tensions about housing/living space among refugees and other social (local) groups. As an outcome, Imby raises expertise in network building and empowers voluntaries or community activists to tackle integration with inclusive architecture. Furthermore, it raises expertise on the integration of refugees through inclusive and community-based social construction initiatives. Imby shows to local politicians and administrations how to involve grassroots initiatives into integration, housing policies, and urban policies. This project, its communication, and its developments to come, all raise awareness about hospitality and the importance of the involvement of the EU citizens.

Yet, at the moment, Imby is suited for one type of hosting city: a not so dense piece of the metropolis, a place with gardens and houses rather than housing blocks. To multiply this type of co-planning, co-(re)building, co-living projects with refugees in Europe we are now working on new scenarios of co-planned answers. The talk will present the process, overall and specific objectives of Imby ; its outcomes and impacts; its target groups and partners.

The workshop will be a milestone and one of its undergoing development: creating a catalog of transferable housing methods that can be adapted for successful migrant integration in other situations in Europe.



Quatorze est une association qui promeut, expérimente et transmet une approche de l’architecture sociale et solidaire pour une ville agile et résiliante.


Workshop - Hacking the Anthropocene towards a sustainable future
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In this workshop participants will make, monitor, sense and invent with the Aerocene. We will assemble air pollution monitors from raw ingredients, and hack a router to make an airborne mesh network. We will tune-in to aerial phenomena on the radio spectrum. These hands-on practices will generate new questions of the Aerocene project and the possibilities of Aerocene collaborations in the future Fab City.

Collective Sensing  >  In this workshop, we will employ a portable antenna and software defined radio to listen to the Aerocene. Moving through different bands, we will listen to the flying Aerocene Explorer, as well as radio amateurs, air traffic, medium wave AM broadcasts, and other interesting phenomena.

Air pollution monitoring  > Building an air pollution monitor for Aerocene Workshop
We build a particulate matter pollution monitor from raw ingredients: sensor, arduino board, proto board, cables etc.

Hacking the Network > Hack a router to make an airborne mesh network. Workshop hacking some cheap commercial routers with open mesh firmware to create an airborne and fossil-fuel free communications network.

The workshop is hosted by Aerocene community members Sasha Engelmann, Julieta Arancio, Tomás Saraceno, Erik Vogler and Joaquin Ezcurra.

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Aerocene community

Aerocene Foundation
Aerocene emerged with Museo Aero Solar in 2007, a collectively produced aerosolar sculpture made with reused plastic bags. The Aerocene Explorer was collaboratively invented in 2015, to enable anybody to sense the air in a new way. Together with the Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary... Read More →

Friday July 13, 2018 16:00 - 18:00
Carrefour numérique² - FABLAB 59A Boulevard Macdonald, 75019 Paris, France


Workshop - Territory Activation
Limited Capacity seats available

CivicWise present a Territory Activation approach based on “Third Places” centers and Community Organizing. Domenico Di Siena will introduce the "Civic Factory" concept, Laure Jeandet will present the "Volumes Coworking" dynamics and Ioana Valero will share the "Arc de l’Innovation" experience. The workshop will let participants discover a method based on the activation of local assets and the promotion of inhabitants engagement. 


Laure Jeandet

(FR) CivicWise
I am an Architect and Urban Planner. I am working on Urban Participatory Process and CoHousing facilitation, encouraging social innovation and promoting bottom-up initiatives.
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Ioana Valero is an Architect and Urban Planner. Her activity is centered on CoDesing and Social Innovation for Territory Making.She works as a consultant and a facilitator enabling citizen initiatives, promoting collaborative learning and fostering innovative management.


Workshop - Food design
Limited Capacity seats available

Ever heard of Food Design ?
Curious to realize a collective performance and enjoy a Food design meal ?
Thanks to Food Design, we will explore and learn together about urban farming, zero waste, compost and experience an innovative meal made of healthy and fresh products
 A real food based learning workshop !

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yuan yuan design studio
Yuan Yuan is a Chinese designer who lives and works in Paris. In 2005, she graduated with a Master's degree in Environmental Art and Design from Jiangnan University in China. She moved to France in 2006 and successively obtained a DNAP at Beaux-Arts in Marseille in 2008, then a DNSEP... Read More →