AUDAcities is a catalyst for relocalising production in Australian cities, in ways that enable more wealth to be retained and fairly distributed in the local economy.
We do this by:
audacity: n. daring, spirited, bold; a willingness to take risks
Why Productive Cities?
Cities are where the quest for a sustainable, equitable world will be won or lost.
The majority of world's people live in cities, and cities are now the epicentre of economic power (600 cities will generate 60% of GDP by 2025) as well as the primary drivers of impacts on planetary life support systems.
Cities are positive human creations in many ways, but right now, they are also often extractive and destructive to both people and planet in how they are built and maintained.
We need to rebuild cities from the inside out so that they are regenerative.
Creating prototypes of more self-sufficient cities, through relocalised and distributed production of food, energy and manufacturing, will help cities progress towards carbon and waste reduction objectives.
Relocalised production can also help contribute to developing more meaningful, secure livelihoods for people in a world where traditional jobs are fast disappearing, through automation, offshoring, casualised work, and an increasing number of people working as freelancers.
Enabling people to produce more of what they need for themselves - through providing open access to productive technologies, generative business models, fostering a circular economy, and the availability of a shared design commons - can contribute to making cities regenerative.
Global digital design commons + local manufacturing capability =
design global, manufacture local
also known as 'cosmo-localization'
What We Do
AUDAcities is a catalyst for relocalising production in cities
AUDAcities will support the establishment of prototypes in interested Australian cities, to demonstrate how relocalising production of food, energy and manufacturing, along with business models that retain and distribute wealth locally, can work. These 'fractals' of self-sufficient, productive cities can help inform and catalyse a wider agenda of industrial and economic transformation.
Through research and the development of prototypes, the policy and regulatory enablers and barriers to locally productive cities will become apparent. The ways cities address these will be documented in an online policy and regulation bank, which will be made freely available to all cities and open to contributions.
Advice to city authorities and other interested entities on how to incorporate self sufficiency, including 'design global, manufacture local' approaches, into their strategy development, business planning and community engagement.
Access to leading thinkers and practitioners across a range of expertise in related to 'design global, manufacture local' for public events, seminars and masterclasses, in order to build the skills and capacity for implementing this approach.