Initiated by a bunch of passionate citizens in 2013, the Funlab has been a nomadic project-space before settling in 2016 in MAME, a former printing house and listed monument for its industrial architecture. MAME has been reconverted into a creative hub hosting the Fine Art School of Tours and proposing spaces to entrepreneurs, coworkers, start-ups including an incubator and our fablab (150 m²).
Our organization relies on a community of 150 members, 10 core-members active on a daily basis and a fab-coordinator since july 2017. We now offer a monthly program of activities (machines initiation, arduino users group, Repair Café, topical workshops, events) and start local development projects. We do our best to keep on welcoming a growing number of curious visitors... There’s no routine here, it’s all about making our fablab a better place !
Tours is located in the Centre region, in the département of Indre-et-Loire, one hour far from Paris with TGV. It is mainly known as the capital of the châteaux of the Loire Valley. Over the centuries, the city has attracted famous historical figures, including Saint Martin of Tours, Charlemagne, Rabelais, René Descartes and Honoré de Balzac among others.
With 150 000 inhabitants, while the population of the metropolitan area is about 500 000, Tours is dynamic, attractive, and lively as well as intellectual and cultural. The metropolis counts many festivals as well as several institutions such as CCOD Contemporary Art Center, Fine Art Museum, Opera, National Choreographic Center, Le Temps Machine music venue, Polau center for artistic creation and urban planning, Le Petit Faucheux jazz venue, etc.
Standing on the lower reaches of the Loire river, between Paris and the Atlantic Cost, the surrounding district, the province of Touraine is known for its wine. Food is also high on the list of priorities for the people of Tours. The city has become a member of the « Cités de la Gastronomie » network and also belongs to the "Cities of Art and History" association, being the gateway to the châteaux of the Loire Valley.