Open Lab Day at Fab Lab Hamburg

Do-It-Yourself Mobile Phones

In Hamburg, a group of electronic hobby inventors spent four weeks building their own mobile phones in a do-it-yourself workshop hosted by Fab Lab.

Fab Labs are "public technical libraries," or fabrication laboratories, where people have access to innovative technologies used in production facilities. The member and donation-supported centers offer hands-on learning experiences for the general public with access to a variety of industrial machines. The Hamburg facility is one of 600 Fab Labs across the world demonstrating factories and workshops can co-exist among expensive apartments, offices, and retail space in major cities.

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Traditional Practices

Looking back to traditional practices can help us find modern solutions to various environmental and social issues of city life.

In Q'ewe, Peru, we follow Victoriano Arizapana, a Native leader nicknamed “The Engineer” as he leads the construction of the Q’eswachaka bridge. Residents from four different communities participate in the three-day construction of a traditional rope bridge using ancestral techniques taught through their Inca heritage.

Passion for Preservation

From the depths of a volcano to the density of a forest, people around the world are preserving natural wonders in their home cities. A docent at Mount Vesuvius shares why he has devoted his life to the volcano that destroyed much of the area in previous generations. A man in Hong Kong leads neighbors in a fight to preserve a historic forest that has become polluted.

Water Solutions

Great water demands require greater water solutions to keep big cities afloat. Water activists combat climate change and the illegal wetland development flooding towns in Argentina. In Mexico City, citizens use innovative education models and technologies to address the city’s water shortage issues.

Traffic Alternatives

Urban planners and average citizens around the world are working to improve transportation in congested cities. In Bangkok, an architect fed up with his daily commute studies the combination of traditional boats and modern trains to beat traffic. In Bogota, a professor and his students develop a citywide electric car sharing system to ease congestion in dense urban areas.

Sustainable Urban Farming

Maintaining a sustainable way of life through organic farming is possible — even in big cities. In this episode, a woman in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro shows us how to maximize every last bit of local produce, while urban dwellers and beekeepers in Paris are developing a culture of sharing in rooftop gardens.