A+ and AWB got talking about a collaboration around the theme of ‘industry in the city’ at the opening of the IABR exhibition in Rotterdam already. A+ had been planning a special issue on the impact of new work methods and organizations on the city. As the summer of 2016 approached, these plans began to materialize. A+ 262 (Re)work was conceived and developed as a quasi-catalogue for the Brussels exhibition A Good City Has Industry.An interview with Jonathan Holslag provides a picture of the broader economic stake of this story. In a round-table discussion, designer Freek Persyn (51N4E), Brussels Chief Architect Kristiaan Borret, Charleroi Chief Architect Georgios Maïllis and spatial planner Maarten Gheysen van Leiedal reflected with Joachim Declerck (AWB) and Pieter T’Jonck (A+) on the right policy to integrate industry back in the urban fabric. During a second round-table discussion, industries also spoke out on the subject, such as Interbeton, Abattoir, Atenor or Brasserie de la Senne, which are actively investing in industrial urban developments. A+ and BWMSTR also discussed such a ‘forgotten’ industry as urban agriculture.The Flemish Government Architect and the Brussels Chief Architect also developed this issue.The projects that the conversation partners brought up were explained in detail. The discussions were also given a more tangible form through recently realized projects by Bovenbouw, ORG, Bogdan-Van Broeck, A-practice and Herzog & De Meuron. A discussion of Nina Rappaport’s magnum opus ‘Vertical Urban Factory’, a magnificent overview of urban industry in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, rounds off this story.However, the issue not only provides an overview of the history and of what is happening concretely, but also offers an overview of the research through design that has recently emerged around this theme. The column ‘Zoom In’ relates the experiences of the young office CENTRAL in this field. bMa complements this with a report on the pitfalls of designing industrial establishments in the city. This makes A+ an unmissable complement to the exhibition.
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