The wealth of knowledge held by the Fab City network is being developed into useful toolkits to be implemented in cities globally.

These toolkits empower policy makers, city makers, communities and citizens to execute change at a city and citizen level, whilst supporting a cultural change, to push for change at a systemic level. The collection presents methods to gather the required information on a particular context in order to decide priorities and to plan, design, and implement inclusive approaches.

How to use toolkits

Toolkits can be engaged in any city. Outcomes of using Toolkits must be documented and explored, adding to the wealth of Fab City resources.

Fab City members may implement toolkits in their local cities. Or Fab City Global Initiative can support to implement toolkits through the Fab City Collective.

Public sector engagement and urban planning

Productive cities toolkit developed by KREAB is a tool to guide stakeholders to engage public sector and urban planners in Fab City. Below is a guide (in Spanish) as to what it will cover. ​

Fab City Index

Developed by Vincent Guimas and Arslonga for Fab City Grand Paris. This toolkit can be implemented in your city through consultation with Vincent and Fab City Foundation.

The FabCity Index is a tool for measuring a city’s capacity for self-sufficiency. Using the tool, each urban area is evaluated over 257 sectors (broken down into 12 macro-sectors) covering both direct and indirect production. FCGP has partnered with UTOPIES Agency for this work. The co-director of UTOPIES, an economist, has developed an algorithm called “local shift” to analyse precise local economic exchanges using open data sets. This way of working at the policy level will aid in implementing platform ecosystems, metrics and understanding the needs of the infrastructural layer in the city.

Download the Fab City Index


Make Works’ supports mapping local ecosystems and aim to make local manufacturing openly accessible. An open access factory finder, Make Works source manufacturers, makers, material suppliers and workshops. The online platform allows designers, makers, artists, engineers, entrepreneurs, micro-businesses and everyone that wants to, to search for listings in their local area so that they can find someone who can assist them to create, build or repair physical things. We want to support small scale, local manufacturing, or distributed manufacturing, as an alternative to the consumption of mass manufactured products.

Make Works thinks that the information gathered should be open and accessible, connecting people directly to making and repairing things, democratising access to production and investing in local economies, skills and community. Their philosophy is to open up manufacturing and make local, sustainable production accessible for everyone.

Explore Make Works

Making Sense

A toolkit based on the EU funded research project Making Sense, that developed activities of participatory and citizens sensing by leveraging on open hardware/software technologies, engaging communities of interest and practice on environmental issues in three European cities (Barcelona, Amsterdam and Prishtina).

Making Sense harnesses the increase in popularity of maker spaces and fab labs which work on the principle of open source hardware, software and design. Making Sense is a good example of citizen-driven innovation - working with the sensing platform Smart Citizen. The data gathered from the Making Sense toolkits is now used to inform a methodological framework for participatory environmental practices, a concrete positive behaviour change.

Download the Making Sense Toolkit

Fab City Manifesto and Value mapping

During a special event of the Fab City Summit 2019, Fab City representatives were asked to participate in a mapping activity to explore the role of the Fab City Manifesto in implementing the lower levels of the Full Stack. Case studies came from updates which are provided by Fab City Network members annually, a selection of these can be seen below.

Download the Fab City Manifesto and Value mapping.

Fab City Bootcamp - for future consortiums

Developed by Fab City Grand Paris and Fab City Store. The Fab City Bootcamp amis to gather entrepreneurs, experts and mentors. The project holder and its team work for 48h on the definition of new development strategies to reach their market!

Read Makers to Market BootCamp


Developed by the Danish Design Centre. Re-Model toolkit comprises seven work packages, starting from "Discovering Open Source" to "Prototype your Ecosystem".

Download the RE-MODEL Toolkit


The SISCODE project bridges the gap between co-creation, policymaking and science, enabling local community members to become active stakeholders in decision making and practical solution-finding. Implementation of co- creation journeys for laboratories is the main focus of the SISCODE Toolbox.

Download SISCODE Toolbox for Co-Creation Journeys.

Fab City Full Stack card game

Fab City Cards test round at MIT

Coming soon!

Circular Cities

Gastronomia Framework - Gamified food