THE FAB CITY INITIATIVE IS A GLOBAL MOVEMENT TO CREATE MORE RESILIENT, SELF-RELIANT CITIES THAT ARE LOCALLY PRODUCTIVE, YET GLOBALLY CONNECTED.
The objective is to unlock the potential of Christchurch, joining 18 other cities worldwide, in a collaborative effort to leverage technology and community to become a sustainable, resilient and connected 21st-century city.
The Fab City movement is driven by an innovative design challenge:
'To produce all we consume by 2054'
This forces a rethink of how we consume and produce products. It's a move away from the Product In - Trash Out (PITO) model towards a circular economy of Data In - Data Out (DIDO). The internet has changed the way we communicate, it is now changing the way we consume physical goods.
Hear from local Makers, Inventors, Social Innovators and Active Citizens contributing towards Fab City Christchurch.
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Remix Plastic - a small scale mobile recycling unit that can travel around the city to illustrate to schools, businesses and community groups the extent of the plastic waste problem and the positive opportunities and potential that waste can have.
Fab Academy, Bio academy and Textiles Academy offer a distributed rather than distance educational model: students learn in local workgroups, with peers, mentors, and machines, which are then connected globally by content sharing and video for interactive classes.
In 2014 Carl co-founded Fab Lab Christchurch to become part of a global community exploring Industry 4.0, active citizenship and Tech Ed. Since, Fab Lab Chch has advocating sustainable innovation and new school thinking through technological disruption.
Technology education in NZ Schools is largely as it was 40 years ago. There has been an alarming slow uptake of 21st century digital learning, a major influence is the reluctance of Teachers to tackle new challenges. School is not the place for technology nostalgia.