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Recht auf Stadt. Der Kongress. / Right to the City. The Congress.
2. - 5. June 2011 at Hamburg

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Fr, 2011-06-03

The Fab Lab (Friday)

Urban production for all!

"Fabulous St. Pauli", the local initiative for a Fab Lab in Hamburg, will present its tools and the concept of a new urban, open-source fabrication facility for two days in Centro Sociale. Everybody is invited to come along, join the fab crowd and create your own things with a 3D printer, a laser cutter or a paper cutter. Introduction, help and assistance is provided by Fabulous St. Pauli. / "Fabulous St. Pauli", die Initiative für ein Fab Lab in Hamburg, stellt Geräte und Konzept einer offenen Hightech-Werkstatt für Stadt-Communities vor. Alle sind eingeladen, vorbeizuschauen und 3D-Drucker, Laserschneider und Papierschneider auszuprobieren.

The urban crisis is also a crisis of production. Many cities have become centers of the service and "creative" industries – immaterial production – while the material production of everyday things is increasingly moved to the maquiladoras of the global south. In New York City, for instance, in 1960 29 % of the workforce were employed in fabrication; in 2005 it was a mere 4 %. At the same time people are pushed to consume more and more.

This situation is countered by a new wave of urban fabrication concepts that want:

  • a self-determined local production
  • with advanced tools
  • that are often open-source hardware
  • to empower urban people to become producers themselves again - but not necessarily for markets or commercialisation.

One such concept is the Fab Lab, originated in 1998/9 at MIT, that has spawned a network of 50 Fab Labs worldwide, including many of them in the global south.

The Hamburg Fab Lab initiative "Fabulous St. Pauli" will give a hands-on introduction to the idea on Friday and Saturday. It's located in the building of Centro Sociale, in the so-called "Büro" (watch out for the "F" sign). You can find more information on the Fabulous website (link below).

Day Fr - 2011-06-03
Room Centro Sociale
Start time 14:30
Duration 04:00
Tracks Experiment
Language used for presentation English