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New Industrial Urbanism
Designing Places for Production

ISBN 9780367427719
Published March 24, 2022 by Routledge
270 Pages 290 Color Illustrations

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Since the Industrial Revolution, cities and industry have grown together; towns and metropolitan regions have evolved around factories and expanding industries. New Industrial Urbanism explores the evolving and future relationships between cities and places of production, focusing on the spatial implications and physical design of integrating contemporary manufacturing into the city. The book examines recent developments that have led to dramatic shifts in the manufacturing sector – from large-scale mass production methods to small-scale distributed systems; from polluting and consumptive production methods to a cleaner and more sustainable process; from broad demand for unskilled labor to a growing need for a more educated and specialized workforce – to show how cities see new investment and increased employment opportunities. Looking ahead to the quest to make cities more competitive and resilient, New Industrial Urbanism provides lessons from cases around the world and suggests adopting New Industrial Urbanism as an action framework that reconnects what has been separated: people, places, and production. Moving the conversation beyond the reflexively-negative characterizations of industry, more than two centuries after the start of the Industrial Revolution, this book calls to re-consider the ways in which industry creates places, sustains jobs, and supports environmental sustainability in our cities.

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Table of Contents



Organization of the Book



1. People, Factories, and Making

Factories, Architects, and the Design of Work Spaces

Work Spaces: Building Types and Programs

2. Between Production and City Development

Industrial Landscapes and Urban Life Dynamics

Designing City-Industry Dynamic for the 21st Century

3. The Way Forward: New Industrial Urbanism

From Overarching Concepts to Policy Initiatives

The Future of Industry: From Parallel Initiatives to an Integrated Framework


4. Clustering New Industries

Features of Clustering Industries

Wageningen Food Valley, the Netherlands

Kista Science City, Sweden

Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan

Kendall Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

The Industry–Place Nexus in Developing Clusters

5. Reinventing Industrial Areas

Features of Reinventing Industrial Areas

Jurong, Singapore

HafenCity, Hamburg, Germany

Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York City, USA

The Fashion District, Los Angeles, USA

Industry–Place Nexus in Reinventing Areas

6. Forming Hybrid Districts

Features in generating hybrid districts

[email protected] District, Barcelona, Spain

Innovation District, Medellín, Colombia

Central Eastside, Portland, Oregon, USA

Huaqiangbei, Shenzhen, China

Industry–Place Nexus in Forming Hybrid Districts

7. Industry and Place


8. Advancing Regions

Regional Industrial Coordination

Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP), Durham, North Carolina, USA

The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), San Francisco, California, USA

The Regionalverband Ruhr, Ruhrgebiet, Germany

Plattelandscentrum Meetjesland, Regional Network, Meetjesland, Belgium

Towards Developing a Regional Ecosystem: The Case of Kiryat Shmona

Summary: Regional Socio-Economic Visioning

9. Integrating Urban-Industrial Systems

Regulating Variability: From Separation to Consolidation

[email protected], Barcelona, Spain

Innovation District, Medellín, Colombia

Central Eastside, Portland, Oregon, USA

Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

Towards an Integrated System: Eastern Market Neighborhood, Detroit

Summary: Recoding the Industrial–Residential Nexus

10. Working, Living, and Innovating

The Variety of Synchronic Architectural Typologies

Strathcona Village, Vancouver, Canada

Iceland Wharf, and Fish Island, London, UK

415 Wick Lane, Fish Island, Hackney Wick, London, UK

Westferry Studios, London, UK

Summary: Locating Synchronic Architectural Typologies in the City

11. New Industrial Urbanism

New Industrial Urbanism: Key Planning Concepts

Scalar Strategies

Integrative Approaches

Coding Complexity

Synchronic Architectural Typologies

Experimenting and Developing a New Industrial Urbanism

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Tali Hatuka, an architect and urban planner, is a Professor of Urban Planning and the head of the Laboratory of Contemporary Urban Design, at Tel Aviv University ( Her work is focused primarily on two fields: urban society, and city design and development. Hatuka is the author and co-author of the books: The Design of Protest, Violent Acts and Urban Space in Contemporary Tel Aviv, The Factory, State-Neighborhood, The Planners, City-Industry and Land-Gardens. She also works as a city planner and urban designer advising municipalities and the public sector. Hatuka has received many awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship and a Marie Curie Scholarship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She holds degrees from the Technion in Israel and Heriot-Watt University in the UK.

Eran Ben-Joseph is the Class of 1922 Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and the former head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research and teaching areas include urban and physical design, standards and regulations, sustainable site planning technologies and urban retrofitting. He authored and co-authored the books: Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities, Regulating Place: Standards and the Shaping of Urban America, The Code of the City, RENEW Town and ReThinking a Lot. Ben-Joseph worked as a city planner, urban designer, and landscape architect in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. He holds academic degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and Chiba National University of Japan.


Although advocates and academics alike have embraced the notion of advanced manufacturing locating in cities, the literature has lacked a compelling and detailed vision of what a new industrial urbanism would actually encompass. This comprehensive volume fills that gap, with a powerful visual analysis thoroughly grounded in economic theory and historical context.

- Karen Chapple, Professor and Director, School of Cities, University of Toronto, Canada

Typically the purview of logistics consultants and engineers, Tali Hatuka and Eran Ben-Joseph make a compelling case that industrial districts should be an important area of focus for urban designers. The reemergence of direct-to-customer and small batch manufacturing and the proliferation of last mile e-commerce distribution facilities means that many types of industrial facilities need to be integrated into the urban core and not segregated to the expanding metropolitan periphery. New Industrial Urbanism provides a comprehensive roadmap for how this can be considered and accommodated.

- Tim Love FAIA, Professor Northeastern University and Founding Principal Utile, Boston, Massachusetts

In a time of dramatic changes in industrial strategies and manufacturing, New Industrial Urbanism provides a much-needed spatial approach to exploring the relationships between city and industry. Hatuka and Ben-Joseph offer valuable lessons to those who are committed to communities and places, and actively engaged in shaping our cities’ built environment.

- Elisabeth B. Reynolds, Former Executive Director of MIT’s Industrial Performance Center and Task Force on the Work of the Future; Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Manufacturing, National Economic Council