• Transforming Production


    A revolution is underway in material production, in agriculture, construction and manufacturing. A global design commons now provides people with opportunities to draw on a global legacy of human creativity.

     

    New technologies allow people to produce locally what was previously only possible by large companies. Find out what this revolution means for industry, for government policy and for society.

     

    Jose Ramos

     

    The Real Circular Economy

     

    For cities to have a circular economy, they must be producing more of what they need locally, in order to complete the circle. A circular economy aims to bend our linear, extractive take-make-waste material economy - but can it outlast our extractive financial economy?

     

    Sharon Ede

  • Building a New Economy for Australia Conference Brisbane, 2017
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  • Articles + Publications

    Design Global, Manufacture Local: A New Industrial Revolution? (2017)

    Jose Ramos, Vasilis Kostakis

     

    The Real Circular Economy (2016)

    Sharon Ede

     

    City as a Commons: A Policy Reader (2016)

    Commons Transition Coalition/Jose Ramos

  • Relocalising Production

    Australian initiatives and organisations focused on local production

    Open Source Assistive Technologies

    AbilityMate is a unique collaborative project based in Sydney which is focused on life-changing, 3D printed posture & mobility equipment for children with disabilities.

    500km Textiles

    Fibreshed has established in Victoria as a community to connect people who grow, process, manufacture and design clothing fibres within 500km of Melbourne, Australia.

     

    Digital Platform to Sell and Distribute Local Food

    Open Food Australia is a not profit and open source software tool, specifically designed for local food enterprises.

     

    Community Owned Renewable Energy Generator & Retailer

    Enova Energy, Australia’s first community-owned energy retailer in the Northern Rivers NSW area, offers customers locally generated rooftop solar power.

    Urban Farming

    Pocket City Farms takes unused spaces within Sydney metro and turns it into productive, arable farmland that generates fresh local produce harvested on market day with virtually zero 'food miles'.

  • Barcelona's Fab City Prototype

    How Production is being Relocalised in Barcelona's Poble Nou District

    Made Again: The Silicon Valley of Sustainability in Barcelona  is about the Poble Nou neighbourhood becoming a prototype of future urban living, using new technologies, circular economy principles and creating social impact.

     

    Learn more about Fab City Global Initiative's groundbreaking prototype in Barcelona's Poble Nou district:

     

    Fab City White Paper 

    Fab City Prototypes

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