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Design Global, Manufacture Local: Assessing the Practices, Innovation, and Sustainability Potential of an Emerging Mode of Production

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 COSMOLOCALISM project word cloud

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Project "COSMOLOCALISM" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Ehitajate tee 5
postcode: 12616

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 Coordinator Country Estonia [EE]
 Total cost 1˙017˙275 €
 EC max contribution 1˙017˙275 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2018-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-01-01   to  2022-12-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    TALLINNA TEHNIKAULIKOOL EE (TALLINN) coordinator 1˙017˙275.00


 Project objective

COSMOLOCALISM will document, analyse, test, evaluate, and create awareness about an emerging mode of production, based on the confluence of the digital commons (e.g. open knowledge and design) with local manufacturing and automation technologies (from 3D printing and CNC machines to low-tech tools and crafts). This convergence could catalyse the transition to new inclusive and circular productive models, such as the “design global, manufacture local” (DGML) model.

DGML describes the processes through which design is developed as a global digital commons, whereas the manufacturing takes place locally, through shared infrastructures and with local biophysical conditions in mind. DGML seems to form economies of scope that promote sustainability and open innovation while celebrating new ways of cooperation. However, such claims rest on thin conceptual and empirical foundations.

COSMOLOCALISM is a multiphase, pilot-driven investigation of the DGML phenomenon that seeks to understand relevant organisational models, their evolution, and their broader political economy/ecology and policy implications. Through the lens of diverse case studies and participatory action research, the conditions under which the DGML model thrives will be explored.

COSMOLOCALISM has three concurrent streams: practices; innovation; and sustainability. First, DGML practices will be studied, patterns will be recognised and their form, function, cultural values, and governance structure will be determined. Second, the relevant open innovation ecosystems and their potential to reorient design and manufacturing practices will be examined. Third, selected DGML products will be evaluated from an environmental sustainability perspective, involving both qualitative and quantitative methods. The interdisciplinary nature of COSMOLOCALISM will explore new horizons to substantively improve our understanding of how we could do “more” and “better” with less.


List of deliverables.
Data Management Plan (DMP) Open Research Data Pilot 2019-10-01 09:19:11

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of COSMOLOCALISM deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Christina Priavolou, Vasilis Niaros
Assessing the Openness and Conviviality of Open Source Technology: The Case of the WikiHouse
published pages: 4746, ISSN: 2071-1050, DOI: 10.3390/su11174746
Sustainability 11/17 2020-01-29
2019 Vasileios Kostakis
How to reap the benefits of the “digital revolution”? Modularity and the commons
published pages: 4-19, ISSN: 1736-6070, DOI: 10.32994/hk.v20i1.228
Administrative Culture 20(1) 2020-01-29

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