Design for distributed innovation

If you’ve been interested in Fab Cities, definitely pay attention to this article by Tomas Diez on the distributed learning space being built for the Fab City foundation’s new “Master in Design for Distributed Innovation, in collaboration with the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), Fab Lab Barcelona, and local nodes in Montréal, Paris, Puebla, Shanghai, Bali, Hamburg, and Lima (with more to come.)”

The program will be available online and in various locations around the world, bringing to life the movement’s vision of building connections between global knowledge and local needs.

In order to enable a true transition towards a regenerative, productive, and inclusive economy on a global scale, we need to detach from the current paradigm of production and unlearn what we have learned from the last half millennia. […]

Society at large needs to relearn how to be able to inhabit ecosystems that are fundamental for its well-being, including forests, watersheds, networks of mycelium, or other species’ territories, while balancing the comfort and convenience built by the exploitation of these same resources and other populations.

With this distributed program, neighbourhoods and cities can start becoming learning playgrounds for experimentation, places “where global knowledge and local wisdom work together to help improve the quality of all life.”