Fab 11 and the Foundry Building


WHEREAS:   The Fab 10 conference in Barcelona was a forum featuring 250 Fab Labs (Fabrication Labs)— small-scale educational spaces, combining design thinking, hands-on STEAM curricula, manufacturing skills, and innovative technologies—from 40 countries around the world; and

WHEREAS:   One of the main attractions of the Fab 10 conference was the transformation of a space nearly 10,000 square feet in size into the worlds largest Fab Lab within the span of two weeks; and

WHEREAS:   The next Fab conference, Fab 11 will be hosted in The Boston Metropolitan Area in 2015, with the potential for Cambridge to be the lead host; and

WHEREAS:   The City of Cambridge is home to numerous maker spaces and Fab Labs and is a world-renowned center for innovation, technological development, and creative industry; and

WHEREAS:   The Foundry Building at 101 Rogers Street with a total area of more than 53,000 square feet presently lies vacant awaiting capital improvements, which have not been initiated; and

WHEREAS:   The Foundry Building would be an ideal space for a major installation of the Fab 11 conference in 2015; and

WHEREAS:   Including the Foundry Building in the Fab 11 conference gives the city an aggressive, but reasonable goal for applying a portion of the capital improvement budget so as to pass code for occupancy in the most basic sense, excluding any kind of build out; and

WHEREAS:   Corporate sponsors of Fab 11 are understood to be willing to donate expensive equipment used for Fab 10/11 to the City of Cambridge that could be used for future educational and community projects in the Foundry; now therefore be it

ORDERED:    That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to consult with The Community Development Department and the Fab 11  planning committee in order to make the Foundry available for a major installation of the 2015 Fab Lab Conference, by passing inspection prior to August 2015; and be it further

ORDERED:     That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the council on this matter



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