Fashion Village Lab in Bandung, Indonesia

published at 09-02-16, by Mo Smit

After the Rana Plaza accident in Bangladesh fashion industries are re-thinking their business and supply chain. This offers opportunities to also re-think the urban eco-system related to the production of fashion and regenerate polluted and unplanned industrial live-work environments into healthy and thriving Fashion Villages.

Local communities (factory workers and original villagers) living next to textile and garment factories suffer directly from the pollution, exploitation and exhaustion of resources that is caused by the fashion industries. Under pressure of the global fashion rat race local textile and garment manufacturers are forced to produce in an exhaustive way. These manufacturers will suffer if they can’t keep up with the development to make the fashion supply chain more sustainable. Society and the environment suffer because of the disruption and devaluation of the eco-system and higher costs for food and healthcare. Global brands suffer from a bad reputation and try hard to reinvent the industries.

Home at Work | Fashion Village Lab
This challenge can only be overcome with joint efforts of all stakeholders (community, industries, government, consumers). Therefore we introduce the Home at Work | Fashion Village Lab, a vehicle which gives different stakeholders shared ownership of the sustainable development. Important subjects within the Fashion Village Lab are facilities for working (collective workspace, production gardens) and living (worker housing, other housing) and the circularity of urban resources such as water, waste, energy and materials.

Cooperative and circular approach
The Fashion Village Lab aims to turn unplanned and polluted live-work environments related to the fashion industries into healthy and thriving Fashion Villages, using a cooperative and circular approach. Development of good worker homes and collective workspace for local entrepreneurs in Fashion Shophouses & Production Gardens are key elements to empower communities to improve their quality of life and health.

With the realisation of the Fashion Village concept all around the world, local communities will benefit from a healthy environment and from increased economic opportunities and welfare, they will be happier and more productive. Local textile and garment manufacturers will benefit from circular production processes and the increase of orders from sustainable fashion clients The local landscape will provide valuable resources for sustainable fashion production processes. As a result society and the environment will benefit from a resilient eco-system. Global brands will benefit from the improved image of their supply chain and are empowered  to transform their current take, make, waste businesses into circular business models.

The Home at Work - Fashion Village Lab is a development tool that has been distilled by COCOCAN from the Home at Work Design Research that was conducted in 2015. The plan is to run the Fashion Village Lab for 3 years, starting with a first pilot location in Cigondewah Kaler at the southern periphery of Bandung. Projects that contribute to a healthy live-work environment for the fashion industries can be initiated and developed at this testing ground by the different stakeholders. As a kick-off for the Fashion Village Lab we want to start with the development of a first Fashion Shophouse and Production garden, which will function as a flagship store for the development. Although the first case is located in Bandung, the Fashion Village framework is a replicable concept that can be applied worldwide.

What we need
This case is relevant for all stakeholders involved in the fashion supply chain: communities, global and local industries, government and consumers. Serious cooperation and expertise of the fashion industries is needed to make the Fashion Village Lab a success. We welcome all stakeholders to the Fashion Village! Let’s create sustainable solutions for the fashion industry and its live-work environment together.


This project is supported by:

- Delft University of Architecture (TU Delft) - Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment -   Intecture | aE graduation studio  
- Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) - School of Architecture, Urban Planning and Policy Development
- Creative Industries Fund
- EFL Foundation
- MVO Nederland
- Kota Bandung
- Bandung Creative City Forum (BCCF)
- Alliander
- Philips