Cities of Making, (ERA-NET ENSUF funded project) explores opportunities for strengthening urban based manufacturing in European cities following years of decline and offshoring. Using a combination of strategic and action research, our ambition is to identify what works in supporting a resilient and innovative industrial base, and to test those solutions in a real-world setting, on specific case studies. We are focusing three main themes: what kinds of technologies and materials will drive contemporary urban manufacturing; where will urban manufacturing be found in cities that have effectively evicted a large manufacturing base and finally how will we bring manufacturing into cities. Learning from experiences in London, Rotterdam and Brussels – each with a distinct industrial heritage, the goal of the project is develop a reflection on space, practices and policies with a focus on public authorities (and many other relevant stakeholders).
Latitude is coordinating the project and focusing attention on both Brussels and the question of how to manage socio-spatial change in complex environments towards compatible urban manufacturing communities.
Other organisation/project partners include: Brussels Enterprises Commerce and Industry (BECI), Technical University of Delft, The RSA, l’Université libre de Bruxelles, University College London, Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
The project will be running until late 2019.
See more at www.citiesofmaking.com
March 2017 - 2019
Brussels, Belgium; London, UK; Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Alessandra Marcon, Fabio Vanin, Adrian Vickery Hill
Brussels Enterprises Commerce and Industry (BECI), Technical University of Delft, The RSA, l’Université libre de Bruxelles, University College London, Vrije Universiteit Brussel