Metabolic Foundation was started in 2013 with the mission to empower people and improve cities through the democratization of technology.
Enhancing access to tools, knowledge, and networks.
Supporting existing grassroots initiatives in underserved communities.
Engaging in participatory community action towards environmental justice.
Identifying and democratizing proven technologies that address common interests and needs.
Our vision features an empowered population that actively strengthens communities through collaboration, open hardware, and knowledge sharing platforms — working together to shape and care for their environment.
Metabolic Foundation takes an approach based on a set of core concepts that guide our activities.
Sharing space with people across ethnic, class, gender, education, and income groups to work together and learn from each other.
Finding the tools and confidence for people to lead and guide the changes they envision, allowing them to actively learn and develop new ideas through the processes of construction and experimentation.
Promoting awareness and responsibility towards environmental impacts in all activities, providing space to rethink and explore our relationship with natural systems and resources.
Using the concepts of design thinking to develop and adapt open source hardware and software that are culturally and climate appropriate.
Supporting activities that are spearheaded by community actors and have the opportunity to ripple out to have a greater impact on urban design.
Working in close collaborations with local groups and institutions to develop programs that are based out of the local vision.