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Toward productive cities

A few weeks ago, several major cities and companies symbolically signed the FabCity manifesto in Paris, committing themselves to implement ten principles to enable cities to transform themselves into a locally productive and globally connected urban model.

A “productive city” is a city that aims to increase its self-production capacity – to manufacture the products it needs – by relocating the necessary manufacturing production, by mobilizing local material resources (renewable resources, circular economy…), while connecting to global collaborative networks (data, design, know-how, etc.).

This new study paper, co-written with the FabCity movement, aims to provide a complete overview of the issue in France:

  • Why more productive cities? What are the economic and environmental challenges?
  • What is the level of self-production in French cities estimated with the Fab City Index ® in 2018?
  • What is their capacity to produce what they consume? Which cities are over- or under-performing?
  • What is the progress margin in French cities? What are the priority sectors?
  • What are the main trends in urban micro-manufacturing?
  • What strategies can be implemented to make cities more manufacturing-friendly?

For more information, please see the white paper written by the FabCity movement.

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