Urban Manufacturing – Stimulating Innovation Through Collaborative Maker Spaces

[ONGOING] The objective of the Urban Manufacturing Project is to ensure that collaborative makerspaces thrive.  This will be achieved through identifying best practice, testing policy approaches and supporting cities/regions in creating receptive conditions.

Collaborative makerspaces take many forms, but common to all is the idea of producing physical objects through cooperation. This sharing can occur during ideas generation or fabrication and is most profound when different sectors come together.

The benefits of working in this way are numerous and include: new and improved products; an enhanced sense of community; increased mutual knowledge; quicker and more comprehensive solutions; and the tapping of latent potential. 

      This leads to more effective and far-reaching innovation. Examples of collaborative makerspaces include Fab Labs, Open Innovation Centres, Living Labs and Cross-Sector Incubators.

      Collaborative makerspaces are typically located within urban environments, so understanding the ecosystem – for example the interdependencies between education, policy makers and manufacturers – is of fundamental importance. Through nourishing these connected elements, cooperative facilities can flourish.

      Through partnership, the effect of policies across seven related themes will be analysed:

      • STEAM
      • Communities
      • Ecosystems
      • Funding to support makerspaces
      • Results of investment in makerspaces
      • Routes to market
      • Enterprise


      Policy clinics, where exchange of experience in policy development will take place between cities across shared themes.

      Peer review sessions, to analyse the relevance and transferability of policies.

      Study visits, to show to the partnership and our stakeholders the range of makerspace models that already exist.


      Policy makers, innovators, entrepreneurs, cluster managers and the maker community.


      A good practice brochure with 24 case studies of makerspaces from across the partnership.

      A city or regional action plan for each partner to track and support the implementation of policy changes.

      Duration: Janurary 1, 2017 – December 31, 2021

      Total project value: 1.831.204,00 euros

      Project Holder: Birmingham City University-BCU

      Financing: Interreg Europe program

      Partners: City of Lisbon; City of Birmingham; City of Zagreb; Economic Development Agency Fomento San Sebastian; Lazio Region; City of Bratislava; City of Vilnius; BSC, Business support centre Ltd., Kranj

      * ODRAZ took part in the project as a associate of City of Zagreb

      ODRAZ is in charge for preparing a draft Action plan for developing “maker spaces” in Zagreb in consulataion with relevant stakeholders; organising stakeholder meetings at least twice per year, participating at peer review meetings and helping to organise project partners’ meeting in Zagreb. ODRAZ initiated a pilot project for organising a Community hub for makers and youth in Technical Museum Nikola Tesla, that was granted by Interreg Europe.

      More information about the project read on interregeurope.eu













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