An investigation into holistic planning of urban factories

Shiva Abdoli*, Max Juraschek, Sebastian Thiede, Sami Kara, Christoph Herrmann

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Value creation and manufacturing of products is an important part of cities’ sustainable development. Urban-Factories allow such value creation within urban areas. Although Urban-Factories might have unintended negative impacts on their neighborhood, mainly environmental impacts, their urban location can offer positive impacts for both the surrounding city and the companies. To achieve these positive impacts, the design of Urban-Factories requires studying other extra aspects, such as urban services and logistics. However, the logistics aspect of Urban-Factories is mostly studied when the decisions regarding other design aspects are already made. Yet, overlooking logistics (or any other aspect) in early stages might lead to losing good design solutions, potentially negatively affecting lifetime performance of Urban-Factories. Therefore, this paper proposes an approach for analyzing the design knowledge of Urban-Factories in a holistic manner, while providing attention to logistics aspects. The practicality of the proposed approach is demonstrated with a case study.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)649-654
JournalProcedia CIRP
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event26th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, LCE 2019 - Purdue University, West Lafayette, United States
Duration: 7 May 20199 May 2019
Conference number: 26


  • Urban factories
  • Logistics
  • Integrated planning
  • Systems engineering


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