Limited resources and climate change mean that humans are governed by the environment. Displacement is caused by natural disasters. Nature rules and humans return to a focus on their ‘basic’ needs. In this context, the campus contributes to the survival of all generations. Bio-tech and low-tech underpin education and form the main motivation for research.
Learning to adapt
Obligatory adaptation to climatic and geo-political crises.
The campus contributes to the survival of humankind and educates people of all ages.
All people involved at a local level on the campus work towards living with respect for their immediate environment, which may change due to mass movements of people (political and climate refugees).
The place of humans
Innovates and creates solutions.
A link in a chain.
Cooperative, knows how to adapt and work in a team.
Humble, works towards the common good.
Knowledge is very accessible, available in open source and wiki-style.
Humans both create and consume knowledge.
Global (UN, States) and local (regional authorities) public governance.
The campus is renovated using emergency (UN) or reconstruction funds.
The campus is based on a ‘social contract for survival.’
Relationship with the city
Outside of periods of crisis: Frugal use of the areas available in the city.
During periods of crisis: Requisition and availability of spaces according to needs.
An ‘umbrella’ campus for the city.
The roles of the Faber Campus
- Context-based tutorials, ready for use in the real world
- Practical case studies: The circular economy, FabLabs making do with less
Role of the educator:
- Making the connection between theory and practical local solutions
- A support role for everyone
- Importance of mass learning
- Thanks to the campus, humans learn the essentials, covering how to adapt to their environment, how to deal with times of shortage, how to make more efficient use of limited resources: How to get more out of less, how to repair and recycle materials and objects?
- Handicraft becomes popular again through bio-tech and low-tech, which have become indispensable
- Extremely applied research
- Focused on the local, shared worldwide
- Based on results and experimentation
- Organised on demand (units of researchers that can be mobilised like humanitarian relief)
- Open source
Promotion of peer-to-peer learning
- Capitalisation, referencing, identifying solutions
- Wiki solution creation
- A system of exchange, no market focus
- Multi-disciplinary teams
- Open source and crowdsourcing: Continuous adaptation and improvement
- Global/local – local/local
An ‘all weather’ classroom
A nomadic campus for education in crisis situations
In 2050, some parts of the world will be profoundly affected by climate change. Entire regions will face almost endless periods of drought. Islands and regions will be submerged. Tsunamis, earthquakes, and cyclones will happen frequently. Frequent natural disasters mean that humans need to know how to rebuild basic infrastructure quickly and regularly. This is the role of the Faber Campus.
The energy independent ‘all-weather’ classroom can be easily dismantled (canvas covering, wooden structure) and set up in all conditions on all surfaces. In the case of a significant event, several ‘umbrella’ classrooms can be deployed in the affected areas. All of the structures are connected and supplied with energy from various sources (solar, wind, geothermal, etc.).
Teachers educate the local population on the basics of building or rebuilding the infrastructures affected. The challenge is to train as many people as possible in a diverse range of techniques in the minimum amount of time. The ‘all weather’ campus is always close by to what’s happening on the ground, meaning that theory instantly turns into practice. Those in charge of the Faber Campus and their students ‘learning on the job’ continuously draw on methods and techniques created throughout the world to respond to their problems and to find solutions.
The Faber Campus helps people respond to crisis situations by optimising local material resources and training the people on-site by pooling knowledge.
Wiki bot – a global Cloud for sharing local expertise
Artificial intelligence that gets rid of language barriers
The Faber Campus is based on the idea that knowledge should be shared. Everyone can be motivated by the skills of their neighbour or the ancestral practices of a Native American tribe, for example, where they can find techniques, knowledge, and methods of analysis to help them to solve their own problems. All of this practical and intellectual material is shared on a global open source Cloud equipped with AI to make searches easier. This social knowledge-sharing network is a global platform accessible to everyone.
In order to deal with a given problem (e.g. frequent flooding of homes), the AI system puts the person affected in contact with an expert in another part of the world where the problem has already been solved. Learning how to resolve problems is done peer-to-peer between the two people put in touch. The system is based on universal knowledge-sharing bolstered by projects with international cooperation focusing on global subjects to capitalise on existing knowledge.
These discussions can also take place face to face. Waves of migration accelerated by geo-political and climate instability also function as a way of sharing knowledge from the migrants’ regions of origin. Contact between locals and migrants is facilitated by universal translators used to conduct conversations. Education is more a question of learning from the Other rather than traditional lessons.
In parallel, people from diverse backgrounds meet each other in the mass education centres where migrants are accommodated. They share know-how from their regions of origin and learn the necessary information and practices specific to their host region. The syllabus they follow is defined by the regional authority according to local needs.
Teaching is both bottom-up and top-down in the Faber Campus. Everyone both teaches and learns. The main challenge is pooling resources and knowledge to create a society that faces its issues together.
Fablabs for a frugal economy
Energy recovery and getting more out of less become everyday sciences
Global warming means that greenhouse gas emissions must be extremely limited, restricting travel. Each group of people is self-sufficient and lives according to their environment. They need to survive with increasingly limited local resources.
In this context, “thinking globally, acting locally” is essential because each region needs to focus on their immediate needs, go back to basics, and demonstrate ingenuity. Cooperation and exchanging best practices are essential, both at a local and global level. Inspired by what people are doing elsewhere, everyone uses the world around them to try out new ways of using less. Limited resources result in recycling and mending, rather than making brand new items.
With this in mind, the Faber Campus provides researchers with “Frugal economy Fablabs.” These giant upcycling centres are like DIY workshops containing thousands of recycled materials and objects. The automated centres are equipped with AI to help each user with their project. Robotic arms can reach the highest part of the ‘library of materials’ to fetch the desired item for users. Users can also avail of production facilities filled with DIY equipment, 3D printers, and holographic visualisation zones (for a 3D view of assembly or where the final part should be placed, etc.). This is where researchers test, repair, modify, adjust, and, finally, create high-performance sustainable objects! In the Faber Campus, research is used to protect the environment and optimise production.
Within the campus, the Fablab is part of a network of facilities designed to recover resources (rainwater and grey water collection, food waste reused for 3D printers, etc.). Permaculture will be increasingly common (vegetation on walls, roofs, hydroponic cultivation, etc.) and all learning spaces will be optimised to feed the students on campus.