Fab city plymouth quarterly forum 22.10.21


what happened?

On Friday 22nd October 2021, Plymouth Culture and Real Ideas hosted the second Quarterly Fab City Forum at the Market Hall, Devonport. The informal networking event brought together a range of community partners including local businesses, academics, and creative practitioners.

In this space, following a keynote presentation from Kate Crawfurd representing Precious Plastics, attendees were invited to openly discuss approaches to ground-level manufacturing within the city and aligning with the Fab City agenda of producing everything we consume by 2054.

At the in-person event, Kate shared with us a sample of new fabricated products including soap dishes, buttons, and drinking vessels using recycled plastic materials such as milk-bottle tops. Here, points of discussion were raised around sourcing such waste material around the city, provoking ideas around participatory production, and generating a more localised circular economy.

“Fab City is an excellent initiative, and I am proud to live in Plymouth, the first UK city to sign up for this pledge”

Kate Crawfurd

Precious Plastics

Second Fab City Quarterly Forum

Transferring this engaging conversation into action, the group were invited to take part in a mapping workshop activity. This involved splitting the group into two and asking each team into pin-point key locations within the Greater Plymouth area, this included: workspaces, manufacturers, organisations, and resources. The aim of this task was to begin to generate a shared understanding of the city by those who use it, and to visualise where the opportunities for future projects and connections can be made.

The second Forum brought some excitement to the Fab City Plymouth agenda, with attendees feeling encouraged to continue this shared dialogue going forward.

Plymouth Culture will host the third Quarterly Fab City Plymouth Forum on the 28th January 2022, and welcomes all community partners, businesses, and residents to join in the growing conversation!

Fab City Plymouth Plymouth University

Quarterly Fab City Plymouth mapping workshop outcome

Fab City Plymouth

Fab City Plymouth

For now, Fab City Plymouth is a badge, a commitment and an ambitious target. How we will get there and what we will do is up to you, up to us and up to everyone who shares our commitment and seeks to act and engage. Whether you are a citizen or council officer, a corporation or a community, a student or social enterprise, cultural organization or creative business, a healthcare or housing provider; whether you’re working in food, farming, craft, making, digital or design, Fab City is for everyone, and we invite you to get involved.

Fab City is an ambitious commitment but one Plymouth is well placed to meet. We have a high-tech marine and manufacturing base, a pioneering council, a vibrate digital and creative sector, three universities, community energy and community businesses, we have two national parks and a green and blue bio-region that is the envy of the world. As a city we are small enough to manage and big enough to matter. Plymouth is a great place to get things done.

As a city we are small enough to manage and big enough to matter. Plymouth is a great place to get things done.

Lindsey Hall

Real Ideas

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