University's role for becoming a Fab City

How to become a Fab City (since 2038) through neighborhoods by implementing university – industry – government partnerships and a Living Lab approach and how to make a shift in the way of doing, interacting and living together through neighborhood transformation by 2038 in order to accomplish becoming a Fab City by 2054 with a Living Lab approach.

Javier Sánchez Díaz de Rivera
Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla

Erika Ollinger Lamadrid
Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla

Background and Objectives
The aim is to foster local production spaces with Fab Lab technology and a social economy focus via the Urban Living Lab of Ibero Puebla.

Iberoamericana Puebla University created an Institute of Design and Technological Innovation (IDIT). It started running in 2012 and is still a model of an open innovation centre that fosters Industry-University partnerships, connects university and students with industry projects, is project based, uses industry or government funds to develop prototypes, among others.

Social Economy + Fab Lab + Students
IDIT is a Fab Lab (Digital Fabrication Lab) from MIT’s global network that can be expanded in a city network, it includes the Fab Lab and the University’s laboratories, and is an Institute that is open to the public and to students. Since the beginning, it has also focused on social economy.

IDIT is developing an Urban Living Lab project that will have wider impact on the city, by integrating IDIT’s current iniciatives directed transforming Puebla into a Fab City, i.e. a city that produces all of its supplies by 2054.