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Vertical Urban Factory


Nina Rappaport

This publication focuses on the spaces of production in cities—both the modernist period and today—and the technologies that have contributed to shifts in factory architecture, manu- facturing, and urban design.

Vertical Urban Factory tracks the evolution of the vertical urban factory from the first industrial revolution to the present and provides an analysis of the political, social, and econo- mic factors that have shaped today’s global industrial landscape. Ultimately, it provokes new concepts for the future of urban manufacturing, and the necessity of creating new paradigms for sustainable, self-sufficient urban industry.
The book demonstrates how entrepreneurial, hybrid spaces and cleaner and greener factories can reintegrate manufacturing into city life as new paradigms for urban industry that will prove more sustainable, self-sufficient, and socially equitable workplaces. Vertical Urban Factory includes a timeline of significant developments in technology, architecture, and manufacturing and is illustrated by over four hundred black and white and color photographs of historic and contemporary factories, architectural renderings, and process diagrams.


“Rappaport describes the innovations in architecture, engineering, and manufacturing in the early 20th century that freed American factories from rural sites next to water-powered mills so they could rise in cities. The new urban factories created jobs and fostered density, at least until the 1960s, when industry began to move to urban edges, suburbs, and, eventually, overseas. Rappaport also investigates how architects and urban designers, with new technologies and the demand for greener industries, today can create urban production facilities to revitalize cities.” – Architectural Record


Author: Nina Rappaport

Size: 7.5 x 10 in.
Pages: 480
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: Second Edition March 2020
ISBN: English 978-1-948765-14-5
Price: €42.00 / $49.95 USD / £38

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