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

Logo of the project "Pop-Machina"

Funding Source

European Commission – Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises


HORIZON 2020 – “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials”


June 2019 – May 2023 (36 months)

Total budget

9.999.592,50 €



Q-PLAN role


Contact person(s)

Dr. Margarita Angelidou, mangelidou@qplan-intl.gr



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; 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. 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. 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.

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
  • Support of the design and implementation of the pilot activities of the Municipality of Thessaloniki.