Fablabs, makerspaces, emerging global knowledge commons... These are but some of the outcomes of a growing movement that champions globally-sourced designs for local economic activity. Its core idea is simple: local ownership of the means to produce basic manufactures and services can change our economic paradigm, making our cities self-sufficient and help the planet.
Reading the previous post you may have thought: Okay, so perma-circularity is about circularity and permanence -- about recycling, reusing, re-manufacturing, repairing, and reducing -- but what does it consist in? Isn't it some sort of neo-primitivist pipe dream? Do we really need to reduce? Why have zero or near-zero growth? Surely engineers nowadays are
We need a genuinely circular metabolism, and that can only be a self-maintaining circle - one that doesn't spiral outward.