Urban Factories and Their Potential Contribution to the Sustainable Development of Cities

Max Juraschek*, Michael Bucherer, Fabian Schnabel, Holger Hoffschröer, Benjamin Vossen, Felix Kreuz, Sebastian Thiede, Christoph Herrmann

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More than half of the world's population lives in cities today with the rate of urbanization further increasing. In urban areas the challenges of sustainable development are concentrated. The importance of sustainable cities and communities are recognized in the sustainable development goals by the United Nations, as are sustainable industrial development and responsible production. Industrial production and urban factories are an essential part of growing cities, though commonly associated with a negative environmental impact. To identify the potential contribution of urban factories to the sustainable development and growth of the cities around the world, the characteristics of urban production systems and their surroundings are matched to the sustainable development goals and their targets. Based on this analysis, the potentials are derived identifying the key action areas in which urban production can support economically, ecologically and socially sound cities of the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-77
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia CIRP
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event25th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, LCE 2018 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 30 Apr 20182 May 2018
Conference number: 25


  • Sustainable Cities
  • Sustainable Development
  • Urban Factories


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