Wednesday July 11th - Paris


An international event organized by the City of Paris and the European Commission, in collaboration with the Fab City Grand Paris Association and the Fab City Global Initiative.

The Fab City Lab will gather local political leaders, experts in innovation ecosystems and companies. Together we will share experiences and best practice around concrete projects to demonstrate our collective commitment to the Fab City movement.

Fab City Lab is invitation only

Fab Cities have
concrete solutions

In response to major urban challenges such as climate change and social exclusion, Paris has implemented a global strategy in order to be a more sustainable and resilient city. This strategy relies on a re-localisation of production units within the city, and on the support of projects with zero-kilometre and zero-waste approaches. The aim is to reach 50% autonomy in terms of agriculture, energy and manufacturing goods and services by 2054, and to share best practices with the global network of Fab Cities.


Thanks to digital technologies, it is now possible to define and make solutions for cities to be productive, sustainable and inclusive. Paris, following the Fab City principles and network, is now reinventing the relation between producing, consuming and living in order to improve the general quality of life and the preservation of natural resources. Since 2016, Paris has been member of the international network of Fab Cities and will host the Fab City Summit from 11th to 13th of July, 2018.

As a pioneering Fab City, Paris is leading the organisation of a key event for global collaboration and actions in the future of cities on 11th July: the Fab City Lab. This day will be dedicated to sharing best practices among the Fab City network city members and the finalists of the 2013, 2015 and 2017 iCapital contests. Launched by the European Commission, iCapital highlights innovative methods and projects that are implemented across European cities. Paris was awarded the title of the European Capital of Innovation 2017, for its Fab City strategy ´Fabricating The Future´.

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9am – 12.30pm



Hosted by the City of Paris and the European Commission
Anne Hidalgo – Mayor of Paris
Carlos Moedas – European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation

Plenary : Temporary Use as a Tool for Urban Regeneration

- Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona
- Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy-Mayor of Paris in charge of urbanism and architecture
- Joost Von Keulen, Deputy-Mayor of Paris in charge of economic development and innovation
- Anna Majo Crespo, Barcelona City Council Director of Digital Innovation
- Valentine Guichardaz-Versini, Architect from Atelier Rita, migrant accommodation centre, Ivry-sur-Seine
- Aurore Rapin, YesWeCamp
- Quatorze, IMBY project, ecological tiny-house for refugees

Plenary : Fab City materials

- Stephan Sicars, Director, Environment Branch, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
- Hugo Christy, Director Remake
- Laura Magro du European Excellence Centre for Biomimicry
- Lucile Hamon, Bakacia startup
- Clarisse Merlet, founder of Fab’brick, award winner of the Faire contest, recycled textile bricks

Plenary : Developing spaces for the productive city

- Anni Sinnemaki, Deputy-Mayor of Helsinki
- Célia Blauel, Deputy-Mayor of Paris in charge of Sustainable Development
- Tim Caulfield, Project Director at «Actions Urbaines Innovantes» - UE / FEDER
- Jonathan Sebbane, SOGARIS
- Benjamin Saada, President and Founder Expliseat
- Théophile Champagnat, Founder Cycloponics

Fab City Manifesto

Introduction by Fab City Grand Paris and Fab City Global Initiative
Sherry Lassiter - Fab Foundation
Tomas Diez – Fab City Global Initiative
Vincent Guimas – Fab City Grand Paris

Free Lunch

2.30am – 6pm


Workshop : New Urban Strategies

Saint-Vincent-de-Paul project (Paris), Poblenou Maker District (Barcelona), European Commission

Workshop : Local Energy Production and Energy Recovery

Geothermal heating system of Clichy-Batignolles (Paris), Solar based hydrogen (Groningen), De Ceuvel (Amsterdam)

Workshop : Urban Logistics and New mobility

Bercy Charenton (Paris), Blockchain for sustainable mobility (Boyd Cohen), European Commission

Workshop : Sustainable Food & Urban Agriculture

Food2Rue et Parisculteurs (Paris), TastinFives (Lille), Urban Farming (Detroit)

Workshop : Circular Productive Sectors

Collecti’f Paille – construction with straw (Paris), European Commission, Rapid manufacturing in construction (Barcelona)

Workshop : Local Manufacturing and Industry 4.0

Made in Paris and Usine IO (Paris), Manufattura Milano, RE:MODEL (Copenhagen)

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