Sarvodaya, Buddhist roots for self-sufficient communities

By Laura Espiau Guarner|2023-03-17T15:19:30-04:0017 March 2023|Territoire|

Although ‘FabCity’ or fablab are terms originating in the West, other cultures carry common elements of a vision for the resilient and sustainable development of territories. Indeed, quite a while before we could use a 3D printer at the neighborhood fablab.

  • Food preparation in the JunkFood kitchen

“Society in mind”

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-11-18T05:28:08-05:0024 September 2022|Territoire|

Sometimes words taken from another language can provide a useful little perspective shift on a topic. Tsundoku, the Japanese word for “the phenomenon of acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one’s home without reading them” gave a tiny bit of a rallying cry for those of us who buy books left and right, the Danish “hygge,” which roughly translates to “a quality of cosiness” became a decoration trend and life style for many homes. During the pandemic, the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen rekindled “samfundssind”, a compound noun of “samfund” (society) and “sind” (mind) to bring citizens together and encourage them to put “the good of the greater society above your own personal interests.”

  • Mount Royal Park, Montréal, Canada by Rich Martello on Unsplash

The future of public parks

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-09-23T05:01:06-04:001 September 2022|Territoire|

At The New Yorker, for the 200th anniversary of Frederick Law Olmsted, Alexandra Lange meets with landscape architect Sara Zewde and goes over some of Olmsted’s legacy. Like many important figures from the past, his life and work can look contradictory to contemporary eyes.

  • Castlefield Viaduct in 2020 as work on the newly opened sky park got underway. PA Images | Alamy

“Rewilding” infrastructures

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-08-22T10:34:58-04:0016 August 2022|Territoire|

Rewilding, which consists of “conservation efforts aimed at restoring and protecting natural processes and wilderness areas,” is usually done away from cities, in more rural areas and involves, to simplify greatly, letting land go back to its natural state. The word still seems fitting though, for the two short articles below, where man-made structures are replaced with hybrid ones, bringing more nature back into, and around cities.

Rethinking the garden

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-08-30T15:56:56-04:0011 August 2022|Territoire, Videos|

One of the defining features of Fab Cities is the idea of acting locally and connecting globally. For the last year+ of posting here, we’ve featured a lot of international projects. Now, even though we’ve always featured local projects too, we’re going to spend a little more time highlighting local initiatives that, whether they realise it or not, fit under the umbrella of the Fab City.

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