Last June, I had an incredible opportunity to visit one of the largest and cutting edge campus for sustainable urban innovators. In the following post, I would like to tell you more about this original initiative that takes place in many cities of Europe and brings together people from the different background into the field of sustainability.

The initiative run from April to June, and I was just lucky enough to participate a day before the event concluded. I could not visit every single project and installation because some of the participants had already closed down their stand. But, I believe I could see enough inspiring ideas and projects that deserve to be shared.

fabcity2FabCity is a free-access and temporal, cultural inspiring hub for work, exploration, creation and development. More than 350 students, academics, artists, professionals, citizens, and change-makers are welcome every year to provide solutions for everyday living and self-sustaining cities of the future. This straightforward commitment and collaboration between civic leaders, educational institutions, universities and global maker communities is aimed to develop locally productive cities by revitalizing and incentivizing new economies.

The areas and domains addressed regarding urban issues were primarily on food, water and climate adaptation, mobility and transportation, smart living, and education and research. One of the modules that I found very engaging was the one that addressed the role of data in our society. This particular theme discusses questions such as how do we use data? What are the pros and cons of data-based life? How can we make good use of big data to keep and track progress and change the status quo?  How will data be collected, saved, analyzed and used? What kinds of analytical tools will apply to the sustainability development agenda?

Those question boosted my curiosity and made me think about the importance of big data as a future sustainable practitioner. With this approach, I understood that sustainability is not just about creating the best green, responsible initiative or doing things differently. It is also about visualization and sharing information, resources, and tools for critical decision-making, monitoring the indicators associated with sustainable goals and assessing the impact of sustainable transitions in a urban, regional and even national scale. There is much more we can learn from this so-called  “data revolution”. And this data revolution can offer a unique opportunity to gather data that can be used to reduce vulnerability, model and test a variety of scenarios, get real-time insights, and to mitigate risk. For instance, big data analysis can transform the production and consumption of energy or food, boost resilience in cities, and respond with greater agility to the world’s most pressing challenges. So, next time, you think a bout greener ideas or sustainable initiatives, think also about how to integrate data into day-to-day activities.


To summarize this experience, I would like to cite a section from the Europe By People Program’s Vision Statement, which in insightful words describes the purpose of this groundbreaking initiative. Actually, I though, it would be wonderful to develop and create a FabCity program at the Patel College of Global Sustainability.

“We believe art has the power to create a society that is more confident, beautiful and economically strong – whether it’s design, architecture, fine arts, fashion, theatre, music, dance, film, poetry or literature. And the power of our nation lies in the ability to think innovatively, be creative, work together and connect. This power truly manifests itself in our interaction with other countries and that is why co-operation and co-creation will be at the core of our Cultural Programme and we will focus on engaging the public and on breaking barriers between disciplines.”


In this event, I also had the opportunity to watch a marvelous documentary called Tomorrow – The World is full of Solutions. An extraordinary film that has won the 2016 César Award for best documentary and has achieved more than 1 million admissions in France after its release. This globetrotting documentary focused on providing more solutions than problems and providing a comprehensive look at methods and ideas in which organizers, activists, and everyday citizens are trying to make the world a better, greener, more sustainable place. Find out more about Tomorrow by clicking at the film’s website to explore more.

and check this out:

Here is the Trailer

Note: If you would like to know more about the European City Makers Movement visit the following link:


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