Collaborative production for the circular economy; a community approach (GA No. 821479)

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European Commission – Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME)
Horizon 2020 – Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
June 2019 – May 2023 (48 months)
Dr. Margarita Angelidou – mangelidou@qplan-intl.gr, +30 2310 411 191


POP-MACHINA aims to demonstrate the power and potential of the urban maker movement and collaborative production for the EU circular economy. We draw from a number of cutting-edge technologies (factory-of-the-future, blockchain) and disciplines (urban planning, architecture) to provide the support necessary to overcome scaling issues; a typical drawback of collaborative production; to find the areas more in need of our intervention and to reconfigure unused spaces. We put forth an elaborate urban community engagement program to network, incentivize and stimulate through maker fares and events existing and new maker communities in all our municipalities. We build upon the current informal curriculum for maker skills development by nurturing the social side and we put educators and makers together to exchange ideas on the training modalities. A particular focus on the skills development of children, women and vulnerable groups aims to empower these (underrepresented) segments to partake actively in collaborative production. In every pilot city we demonstrate business oriented collaborative production of feasible and sustainable concepts from secondary raw material or other sustainable inputs, based on the needs and preferences of the local stakeholders. A thorough impact assessment framework with increased scope (e.g. social) is co-designed with stakeholders after short basic assessment trainings and is used in the assessment of our pilot work. Based on the findings we kick-start a series of policy events to discuss openly – without pushing our results – the tax and legal barriers that hamper collaborative production. Finally, we encourage our communities to help us spice up our communication with their creativity and therefore engage society in a representative and powerful way.


Q-PLAN responsibilities

  • Urban planning and development for circular and regenerative cities
  • Business Modelling and Planning Skills for urban maker communities
  • Development and offering of innovation and business support services to urban maker communities