La Fabrique de la Cité conducted a workshop in close collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mobile Experience Lab on the evolution of lifestyles and its impact on urban transformation. Professor Federico Casalegno is the principal investigator, and he will lead the international observatory that La Fabrique de la Cité and MIT Mobile Experience Lab have decided to launch.
His goal is to produce comprehensive and insightful reports on trends in « Millennial » lifestyles in megacities (i.e. young people from 18 to 30 years old who will shape tomorrow’s cities). He focus on how Millennials’ preferences and behaviors shape their expectations of media, wellbeing, transportation, and the modern city.
Following on from the City Factory's work on "Phoenix Cities" and co-construction of the city, Hélène Bienvenu and Nora Mandray's "DIY Manifesto" project struck us as particularly interesting.
The web documentary presents the "Do it yourself" movement in Detroit in the USA but also in Europe, through three urban fables recounting individual and collective initiatives on the part of city-dwellers to improve their everyday life. Urban agriculture, co-habitation, mobility and digital equality are some of the fields in which this movement is taking action.