Urban Factory Today
Summer School Publication Launch
by Nina Rappaport, Bram Aerts of TRANS architecture I urbanism, Dieter Leyssen and Claudio Saccucci.
The initiative is part of the KULeuven International Master of Architecture, Campus St. Lucas Ghent and
supported by Flanders House NY.
15.11.2016 at 17:30
Hosted by A Good City Has Industry, an exhibition in the framework of the IABR Atelier Brussels - The Productive Metropolis, curated by Architecture Workroom Brussels.
17:30 Guided Tour expo A Good City Has Industry18:00 Conversation Learning from New York, Learning from Brussels20:00 Launch publication Urban Factory Today
As economies are struggling with how to maintain both a workforce base and vibrant diverse cities, manufacturing is coming into the fore again to provide fundamental economic resources. For decades in the Western world, manufacturing has been pushed out to the urban edges, the hinterlands, and then to other countries shores where labor and land are cheaper. Nina Rappaport, author of Vertical Urban Factory argues that now manufacturing is smaller, lighter, cleaner, and greener it is possible to return manufacturing to cities in individual factory buildings that can be taller and more compact to save land, transit, and resources.
In the Summer School Urban Factory Today, eleven architecture students were asked to investigate the potential for such a hybrid urban factory building on a site in Long Island City, New York. In order to understand the potential and hurdles for manufacturing in the city, one must engage with factory owners, manufacturers, city officials, industrial developers etc. During factory visits and interviews with factory owners, workers and city officials, the experience of manufacturing in the city was stimulated and knowledge gathered. The Summer School resulted in nine diverse proposals for the contemporary hybrid urban factory, which will be presented in a public conversation Learning from New York, Learning from Brussels between our team and selected guests, followed by the launch of the publication Urban Factory Today.
ProfessorsNina Rappaport Bram Aerts
Tutors Dieter Leyssen Claudio Saccadic
Participants Anna Battistutta, Kamil Daszkiewicz, Kevin De Roeck, Ursula Mendo, Filip Momij, Diana Ong, Laura Permentier, Konstantinos Tatsis, Iacopo Testi, Tarek Waked
Support KULeuven International Master of Architecture, Campus St. Lucas Ghent, TRANS Architecture I Urbanism, Flanders House New York
Special thanks to Edison Price Lightning, NYCEDC, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Ferra Metal Works, Bien Hecho, Kings County Distillery, The Durst Organization, Bjarke Ingels Group, SHOP Architects, 51N4E, Architecture Workroom, Common Room New York
Concept and Scenography by CD - Charlotte Lao Schmidt Dieter Leyssen