Bottrop, Germany. Photo: Guy Gorek on Flicker
INDUSTRIAL URBANISM suggests that economics-driven frameworks of industry be extended into an analysis that includes the physical environment and city-building. Such a perspective addresses future relationships between cities and industry as well as between current urban planning and the places designed for manufacturing. More specifically, this project focuses on the spatial implications and physical design of integrating contemporary manufacturing into the city by asking and answering the following questions:
Should contemporary manufacturing be subjected to the same rules, codes and zoning regulations
as it predecessors?
What physical planning and design strategies should cities pursue to retain, attract, and increase manufacturing activity?
What are some of the innovative design solutions that have succeeded in integrating manufacturing
and industry in cities around the world?
In response to these questions, Industrial Urbanism developed research and strategic planning actions worldwide. Looking ahead, in the quest to make cities more competitive and resilient, our ambition is to redefine the role of industry in our cities and our lives; making it an integral part of the places where we live and work. More than two centuries after the start of the Industrial Revolution, we have an opportunity to reconsider the ways in which industry creates places, sustains jobs, and supports environmental sustainability.