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Fab City hubs open their doors to celebrate sustainability and collaboration

Fab City hubs across Plymouth are opening their doors. Drop-in to discover how we are working towards creating a more sustainable and collaborative city.

Fab City hubs across Plymouth will be opening their doors to celebrate sustainability and collaboration in a day of free events on Wednesday 22 September. Co-hosted by Plymouth College of Art’s Smart Citizens Programme and the University of Plymouth’s Digital Fabrication and Immersive Media Laboratories, the Fab City Plymouth Open Day will see 12 local projects and organisations offer a range of free drop-in activities, demonstrations, business support and tours. From beekeeping and sustainable food production to digital manufacturing techniques, the Open Day will explore how Plymouth can become a more sustainable city through innovation and collaboration, following the Fab City principles.

Fab Lab Plymouth Image Credit Fab Lab Plymouth

Fab Lab Plymouth, one of the Fab City hubs, will be offering a tour and hands-on 3D scanning and laser cutting activities as part of the Open Day, as well as signposting business support

Plymouth is the first Fab City in the UK, in 2019 joining the global Fab City network of 38 cities committed to producing nearly everything they consume by 2054. Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth City Council, the University of Plymouth and Real Ideas worked jointly on the citywide commitment in 2019 to becoming the UK’s first Fab City. Originally growing out of the Fab Lab rapid prototyping movement, the Fab City manifesto covers everything from farming and manufacturing to making and culture, asking how we can make the best use of the resources on our doorstep and fully realise the social, economic and environmental benefits of a more circular economy.

Through the Fab City initiative, cities are challenged to enable an urban transition towards locally productive and globally connected cities. By embracing strategies in circular economy and digital social innovation, Fab Cities foster collaboration between a global network of cities and territories to meet the planetary challenges presented by climate change and social inequalities.

Pollenize Genesis Apiary Image Credit Pollenize

Fab City hub, Pollenize CIC, will be at Central Park to discuss how they are using community, science and the latest technology to fight against pollinator decline at the Open Day

Plymouth is well placed to meet the Fab City challenge, with a wealth of projects, organisations and people committed to re-localising production, supporting local skills development, protecting the environment and championing advanced technologies to transform our city. These local projects will be taking part in the Fab City Plymouth Open Day on 22 September to showcase their work and their future plans, celebrating how together we can make Plymouth a Fab City.

Fab City hubs across Plymouth include: Fab Lab Plymouth, Digital Fabrication and Immersive Media Laboratories, Sustainability Hub, Precious Plastic Plymouth, Green Minds Living Lab, Pollenize CIC, The Plot, Plymouth Scrapstore CIC, Bikespace CIC, Food Plymouth, Ocean Studios, and Market Hall.

Sustainability Hub Image Credit Sustainable Earth Institute University of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth’s Sustainability Hub, will be offering information about funding ad internship opportunities as well as the chance to see artwork and the latest low carbon solutions at the Open Day

Learn more about the Fab City Plymouth Open Day and plan your visit here. This is a free drop-in event, so no booking is required.

Sign up here to the next Fab City Forum on 22 October 2021, and learn more about Fab City Plymouth here.

This activity is part of the iMayflower project and has been supported by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who fund the Cultural Development Fund, which is administered by Arts Council England.