VASILIS KOSTAKIS: Design global-manufacture local: The rise of a new productive model 


Bits That Matter Panel

Where: Paccar Theatre

When: 15:00 – 17:00 15/11/14

In the midst of the current techno-economic transformations, humanity is arguably at a crossroads. How will a degraded natural environment sustain a paradigm based on the assumption that natural resources are an endless sink? What role could technology play? If individuals and institutions do not catch up with rapid societal changes, then an ambiguous and potentially ominous future is brewing. To avoid such a situation, political and social mobilisation on the regional, national and transnational scale is needed.

The purpose of this presentation is to introduce an emerging productive value model, epitomised by the idea “design global-manufacture local”, which has been enabled by the conjunction of information and communication technologies with desktop manufacturing (such as 3D printing and CNC machines). We will discuss the potential of the aforementioned convergence and, in the context of an oncoming P2P Lab project, we will make some tentative policy proposals for sustainable development on a local and global scale.