Distributed Design Summit

Friday, Sep 7
10:00 — 16:00
Access with wristband

Distributed Design Summit

Cities, Create,

Summits are one-day gatherings where a diverse group of people come together to discuss the bigger picture, share insights, and challenge best practices. They are invitation-only and have limited seats, so you need to apply to join a summit.

Distributed Design Summit: Creative Minds for Productive Cities

In an ever-changing world, innovations is not an option, it is necessity. We are on the edge of a new production paradigm, which enables new distribution and production models all around the World.

The maker movement working and innovating in the growing number of Fablabs and makerspaces across the world has showed that’s possible to make physical projects but with a digital layer and digital tools, often with collaborative processes and the sharing of the digital files or documentation. Creative industries are starting to adopt the tools and methods and develop new business models on top.

Design and designers are the focal point of this transformation from tinkering to world wide scalable solutions in a new digitized world.  We see a rise of a new kind of designer that challenges how goods are produced and how customers relate to their products. We call the union of these new technologies, new global networks of ideas and new sustainable business models for Distributed Design.

The Fab City is an international initiative started by IAAC, MIT’s CBA, the Barcelona City Council and the Fab Foundation to develop locally productive and globally connected self-sufcient cities. The project is connected to the global Fab Lab (Fabrication Laboratory) Network and comprises an international think tank of civic leaders, makers, urbanists and innovators working on changing the paradigm of the current industrial economy.  Here the city operates on a linear model of importing products and producing waste, to a spiral innovation ecosystem in which materials ow inside cities and information on how things are made circulates . Fab City is about building a new economy based on distributed data and manufacturing infrastructure.

The City of Copenhagen is planning to be the first Scandinavian city to make the Fab City pledge and become fully self-sustainable by 2054 [link til FabCity] The development of creative industries, the creative mind-sets and a will play an intrinsic role in this. At the summit we invite you to discuss the outline of a tailor-made road map for Copenhagen and how we can reach this ambitious goal.

During this summit you will experience and learn about Distributed Design – and together we will open up a discussion on the future of production and consumption in a digital and globalized world.

The summit will consist of three sessions:

  • The City as Enabler: Copenhagen as a Fab City?
  • Distributed Design Market Platform
  • The Emerging Creatives on Distributed Design


Organized by:

Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

About the Distributed Design Market Platform. It is a Creative Europe project that aims to foster the development and recognition of emerging European Maker and Designculture by supporting makers, their mobility and circulation of their work, providing them with international opportunities and highlighting the most outstanding talent.


About the venue. SPACE10 is a future living lab; that research and design forward-thinking solutions for a better, more meaningful and sustainable life for the many.

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