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Urban Production : Exploring Urban Manufacturing Scenarios for Future Urban Resilient Cities

Richards, Carithea (2023) Urban Production : Exploring Urban Manufacturing Scenarios for Future Urban Resilient Cities.

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Abstract:This report’s purpose is to answer the research question “How can a city-factory-product interface be simulated such that configurations supporting urban resilience are explored?” The research centres around urban production’s impact on urban resilience and sustainability. A frustrating issue with urban factory implementation is that factory design and urban planning goals are on different levels and not easily compared. There is a need to align the city’s perspective with that of the factory so that dialogue about responsible design choices can be made together. The responsible design can be achieved using urban resilience and sustainability measures. This is done by exploring the relationships that exist between a city, factory, and the designed product of the factory. The main deliverable of this research was a resilient urban manufacturing toolkit. This is an interactive application that guides the user along their journey to making a resilient and sustainable future city, factory, or product. The city-factory-product interface was expressed using a future scenario. In which the characteristics of the city nexus could be weighed for importance by the user. It is because the scenario allows for both reflection on the current state of the user and the desired future outcome that they can interpret urban resilience responses. Finally, this toolkit developed from this research would be suitable in the project development phase to test different business concepts against each other. It is recommended to use this toolkit in combination with other literature on the topic of urban manufacturing and urban resilience. This can be the starting point for SMEs to gain knowledge on the possibilities of moving production back to cities
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:01 general works, 58 process technology
Programme:Industrial Design Engineering MSc (66955)
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