The project is part of the much larger programme for the Ecocentre ecocity, with another 18 projects1 receiving financial support from the PIA2.
The new digital factory is a public facility of 2,000 m 2 designed to encourage contact and innovation among designers, researchers, entrepreneurs and users of digital technology in all its dimensions: artistic, cultural, economic and social.
It contains a café, a mobile stage, design studios for audio-visual production, artists' studios and a vast modular space to house events.
It also features two resources dedicated to testing out innovative projects, open to both professionals and the general public:
- a co-working space known as Plage Digitale ,
- Fablab , a resource space for rapid prototyping of physical objects using different types of CNC machines such as the 3D printer.
Ville de Demain initiative of the PIA, steered by the General Investment Commission
The PIA Ville de Demain fund, with funding of €668mn, is a continuation of the Sustainable City Plan under which the State supported local authorities in financing public and private investment in noteworthy sustainable development initiatives.
The fund, which promotes more environmentally friendly urban development, is managed by Caisse des Dépôts on behalf of the State.
At the end of December 2014, close on €375mn in funding was committed.
1 including two public transport projects.
2 €14.6 million total investment as part of the City of Tomorrow (Ville de Demain) initiative, in the form of a subsidy.