Lab Theme 1 – Rachel’s Conclusions – ‘Making’ cities for the future

These are my 6 personal conclusions of Jose Gomez Marquez “Empowerment Technologies’ programs at the BMW Guggenheim Lab in Berlin

1. Everyone – all of us – can get involved in ‘Do-It-Yourself’ solutions to ‘make’ and solve urban challenges.

2. Professionals need to engage ‘regular’ everyday people in ‘making’ cities because these people, who don’t know the ‘rules’ break them and are more creative thinkers

3. ‘Empowerment and social change’ is like running a marathon:

  • It’s the mass number of amateur participants that drive success
  • Training and learning with others is the social side of change
  • Recognition and reputation are derived from participation

“Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact and that is everything around you that you call life was made up by people who were no smarter than you. And you can change it. You can influence it. You can build you own things that other people can use”.

4. With open-source and crowd-source technology we can all be part of ‘Do-It-Ourselves’ cities. We don’t have to wait for Government Agencies and big corporations to lead the way we can ‘DIO’.

5. Our environment determines how we live and our environment effect’s our health. We need to re-imagine urban infrastructure to make urban places healthier for everyone

6. We need to harness uninhibited thinking. We should consider cross products, playing games and playful fun products to address urban challenges and our thinking about cities in the future.

‘FAB IN THE LAB’ today is Jose for telling us that “It’s ok to fail…. It’s ‘experimenting!”