Design Global, Manufacture Local (also known as Cosmo-Localisation) projects are blooming everwhere. Audacities promotes Design Global, Manufacture Local in Australia. Efforts are underway to connect with implementers globally and to educate stakeholders about policies that support Design Global, Manufacture Local.

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Productive Cities are Prosperous Cities

Cities are where the battle for a sustainable, equitable world will be won or lost.

The majority of people in the world live in cities, and cities are now the epicentre of economic power (600 cities will generate 60% of GDP by 2025) as well as the primary drivers of impacts on planetary life support systems.

Cities are positive human creations in so many ways, but right now, they are also often extractive and destructive to both people and planet in how they are built and maintained.

We need to rebuild cities from the inside out so that they are regenerative.

Remaking Cities

Creating prototypes of more self-sufficient cities, through relocalised and distributed production of food, energy and manufacturing, will help cities progress towards carbon and waste reduction objectives.

Relocalised production can also help contribute to developing more meaningful, secure livelihoods for people in a world where traditional jobs are fast disappearing, through automation, offshoring, casualised work, and an increasing number of people working as freelancers.

Enabling people to produce more of what they need for themselves – through providing open access to productive technologies, fostering a circular economy, and the availability of a shared design commons – can contribute to making cities regenerative.

This approach is known as ‘design global, manufacture local’.

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AUDAcities will establish a prototypes in interested Australian cities based on the Fab City Global Initiative’s Poble Nou district in Barcelona, which aims to demonstrate how relocalising production of food, energy and manufacturing can work. These ‘fractals’ of self-sufficient, productive cities can help inform and catalyse a wider agenda of industrial and economic transformation.


Through research and the development of prototypes, the policy and regulatory enablers and barriers to locally productive cities will become apparent. The ways cities address these will be documented in an online policy and regulation bank, which will be made freely available to all cities and open to contributions.

Research & Development

AUDAcities is allied with the P2P Foundation, which – through its P2P Lab – is carrying out research into the evidence base and practical application of ‘design global, manufacture local’ approaches and self sufficient cities.

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Policy, legislation and regulation to support and encourage local manufacturing, remaking, and a circular economy

Repair Tax Incentive (Sweden):

From Value Chain to Value Cycle (in Swedish and English)

The Swedish government is introducing tax breaks (halving VAT) on repairs.

Right to Repair (EU – in development):

On a Longer Lifetime for Products: Benefits for Consumers and Companies (report outlining proposed legislation)

The EU is preparing legislation that would legalise a customer’s ‘right to repair’, and would force vendors to design products for longer life and easier maintenance.

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