Urban Factories: Identifying Products for Production in Cities

Christoph Herrmann, Max Juraschek, Sami Kara, Sebastian Thiede

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Rapid urbanization has forced to change not only the shape of growing cities but also the location and appearance of factories. This development is closely linked to more sustainable products and production and will subsequently affect the production systems. It is envisaged that factories and distributed production sites will be able to move back to the city through cleaner and more sustainable production processes. There is, however, a dearth of research into investigating suitability of existing products that can be produced in an urban environment. Therefore, this paper explores a possible approach to identify the suitability of products to be produced in urban environments based on the generic attributes of products which shape their corresponding manufacturing systems and their economic, environmental, and social impact on the urban environment. It allows matching of products to cities in order to create combinations of products and factories with suitable urban areas that positively benefit both industry and cities and supports the design of products for urban factories.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnologies and Eco-innovation towards Sustainability I
Subtitle of host publicationEco Design of Products and Services
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-13-1181-9
ISBN (Print)978-981-13-1180-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing, EcoDesign 2017: New Technologies and Eco-innovation Towards Sustainability - Tainan, Taiwan
Duration: 29 Nov 20171 Dec 2017
Conference number: 10


Conference10th International Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing, EcoDesign 2017
Abbreviated titleEcoDesign


  • Urban factories
  • Sustainable urban production
  • Positive impact factory


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