Loft Working

Basic observations on urban manufacturing spaces in North American cities

Year

2019

Tags

#Architecture #NonPerformingLegacies

Type

PhD

abstract

The research observes the shaping of urban manufacturing activities in some of the major North American cities. Due to often-unprepared cities in terms of policies and regulations, urban manufacturing has made its way through the urban fabric by re-occupying disposable, affordable, ‘left as loft’ spaces disregarded by mainstream real estate and commercial trends. These places are at the halfway point between public/private, global/local, formal/informal, temporary/permanent, non-profit/for-profit, past/future. These intrinsic dualities represent an opportunity for cities to take a step forward in their effort to address increasing complexity, inequalities, and rapid transformations.