Renewable Matter # 20 / February-March

Barcelona, Fab City

by Rudi Bressa

In the Catalan city’s Poblenou neighbourhood, one of the first trials of a Fab City occurred: a new urban model conceived for self-sufficient cities. Here, food, materials and products are no longer manufactured thousands of kilometres away, but they are conceived, designed and even grown within the urban boundaries. 


There is a new idea of a society that is catching on in many cities, from Paris to Boston, Amsterdam to Barcelona. Actually, it is more of a movement stemming from the very principles of the circular economy. It’s the Fab Cities, urban ecosystems in their own right which are emerging as the image and model of fabrication laboratories, now scattered all over the world. The...

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