April 16 2016

FabCity: addressing the social and environmental challenges of the 21st century

On April 11th, FabCity, a so-called green, self-sustaining city, was opened by both the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Scienc and the Mayor of Amsterdam.

 

What is FabCity?

FabCity contains almost fifty innovative pavilions, installations and prototypes, divided into eight areas. Here over 400 students, professionals, researchers, artists and institutions are working together to find solutions for current urban issues and invent and develop new insights for our future cities, like alternative forms of energy, new ways of transportation, different possibilities for treating water, local food supplies and re-using waste. The projects on the campus inspire us to use the space and resources we have in a different way and drastically reduce materials and energy consumption.

 

FabCity is more than a smart city where everything is arranged top-down. In FabCity, citizens are empowered to be the masters of their own destiny. A FabCity is based on smart citizens: top-down and bottom-up are in perfect balance.

 

The central question behind FabCity is: how do our cities get smarter, more sustainable and liveable? To come up with solutions, the ‘inhabitants’ work around the themes: 'Materials & Fabrication', 'Smart Living & Working', 'Education & Research’, ‘Mobility & Transport’, ‘Food & Green’, ‘Water & Climate Adaptation', 'Data & Commons' en 'Arts & Theatre'.

 

The temporary FabCity Campus was set up as part of the EU presidency of The Netherlands in the first half of 2016 as an Arts & Design program titled Europe by People, the future of everyday living; where the future of Europe will be explored.

 

Visit FabCity?

Between 11 April and 26 June 2016 you can visit FabCity at the Head of Amsterdam’s Java-island. The campus is open from Monday – Friday | 8.00 am – 8.00 pm (10 pm from May 27)

Weekends | 11.00 am – midnight (starting from May 27).

 

Sources: FabCity HVA Europe by People De Zwijger 

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2012-07-05 - In an open letter to the American Congress, a group of 52 top people from the financial sector has lobbied for the introduction of a financial... read more

ING Bank to abolish most bonuses

2012-07-02 - In its new collective labour agreements, Dutch ING Bank – one of the larger European banks - abolishes bonuses for most of its 19,000... read more

More income equality good for economy and health

2012-06-25 - “Countries with a higher level of income equality function better,” says Danny Dorling, professor of human geography at the University of... read more

Greek initiative brings farmers and consumers together

2012-06-21 - A new initiative in Greece, Gineagrotis.gr (literally: “become a farmer”) makes it possible for average Greeks to become “farmer”. Through the... read more

Swiss to the polls for referendums

2012-06-18 - On Sunday, June 17th, another referendum day took place in Switzerland. On such a day, held once every three months, national, cantonal and... read more

“Dutch crowd funding to rise to 10 million euros in 2012”

2012-06-14 - Crowd funding – whereby entrepreneurs search for (start-up) capital among the public instead of banks or other financial institutions – is on... read more

Online world map shows ”new economy”

2012-06-11 - A new online map at www.gtne.org shows an overview of innovative projects in the field of sustainable, solidarity economy. The map is an... read more

Employee ownership in the US and UK on the rise

2012-06-07 - In English speaking countries, employee ownership of companies is on the rise. Companies owned by their workers often perform better than... read more

British green economy grows by 5 per cent

2012-06-04 - Great Britain’s green economy has grown by almost 5 per cent to a total of 122 billion pounds (152 billion euros) in 2011. The green sector... read more

American fair trade premiums increase by 50 per cent

2012-06-01 - Fair Trade USA, the largest fair trade organization in the United States, paid out premiums to the tune of 22 million dollar in 2011. That’s... read more

Iceland’s Constitutional referendum will take place

2012-05-29 - The referendum on the new constitution in Iceland will definitely be held before October 20th. That was decided by the Icelandic parliament,... read more

Islanders start credit union for independence from Wall Street

2012-05-24 - Fed up with impersonal and greedy Wall Street banks, inhabitants of Vashon Island in the US state of Washington have founded their own... read more

European Court: Tenders with sustainable criteria are allowed

2012-05-21 - Local governments in the European Union are allowed to put out tenders with social or ecological criteria. They are allowed, for example, to... read more

Fair trade sales in Australia and New Zealand jump by 40 per cent

2012-05-17 - Ever more consumers in Australia and New Zealand find their way to fair trade products. In 2011, fair trade sales in these countries increased... read more

Silicon Valley technology helps power ‘sharing economy’

2012-05-14 - A new type of economy is maturing in California and elsewhere: the sharing economy. Powered by new technologies such as the internet,... read more

Burger King improves animal treatment

2012-05-10 - Burger King is the first large American fast food chain to announce a major improvement in its treatment of animals. By 2017, all pork and all... read more

81 billionaires give away half their fortunes

2012-05-07 - In April, 12 more billionaires joined the ‘Giving Pledge’ campaign, an effort by Bill Gates and super investor Warren Buffett to convince the... read more

Research: spending money on others leads to happiness

2012-05-03 - If you want to be happy, you better spend 5 euro on other people than 20 euro on yourself. That’s the outcome of a research project run by... read more

Experiment: consumers determine prices

2012-04-30 - During the last two months, the Dutch restaurant “’t Feithhuis” has conducted a remarkable experiment: after having dinner, guests decided... read more

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