Cities of Making: Insights From Brussels, London and Rotterdam

Cities of Making: Insights From Brussels, London and Rotterdam

Manufacturing is changing; where once consolidation and high-volume production pushed manufacturing activities offshore, new developments in technology are offering opportunities to re-distribute and re-localise manufacturing. Alongside this is the need for us to radically rethink the way we produce and consume goods to reduce the negative environmental impacts of our…

Mapping London’s makers

Mapping London’s makers

It’s false that manufacturing in London is in perennial decline. Job numbers have actually reached a plateau since the end of the financial crisis. And the sector is more important for the city than it gets credit for. London’s manufacturers support the city’s wider population of businesses and residents. Providing…

London: making space for manufacturing in the city

London: making space for manufacturing in the city

The report argues that, despite significant changes to the scale and makeup of manufacturing in the three cities, the sector still has an important role to play in their economic and social fabrics. Perhaps even more so in a future which promises new opportunities from technological developments, such as distributed…

The Cities Report

The Cities Report

Urban manufacturing, interpreted simply as the production in cities of tradable goods at scale, is a poorly understood aspect of urban life that is often taken for granted or overlooked in urban planning. Following years of decline and offshoring, European cities may now be at a turning point. Firstly, manufacturing…

Off:Re:Onshore

Off:Re:Onshore

This post was produced for and first appeared on the site of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. In recent decades, economies of the Global South have been shaped by offshore production and labour-intensive industrialization, which often come with dangerous work conditions, inadequate wages, and sexual exploitation, notably in the garment industry.…

Think Manufacturing in London Is No More? Think Again.

Think Manufacturing in London Is No More? Think Again.

Among London’s rich history of trade and finance it is easy to forget that it was once an industrial city. The clothing, leather, hat and shoemaking industries were important to the East End, and other industries from watches and precision engineering in Clerkenwell, to shipbuilding on the Thames, to motor…

So, why do we need manufacturing in the UK?

So, why do we need manufacturing in the UK?

1. Manufacturing, the driver of innovation Innovation in manufacturing has been the main driver for increased productivity in economies. In the UK the first and second industrial revolutions changed the way we produced and consumed goods. These shifts, and the ensuing economic growth, catapulted the nation onto the world stage…

Cities of making: the role of manufacturing in a thriving city

Cities of making: the role of manufacturing in a thriving city

Cable Street, Limehouse, Vauxhall – we are surrounded in London by the ghosts of the city’s industrial past; remnants of activity and production which shaped both our neighbourhoods and our economy. For centuries European cities were places of industry and creation, as well as places of trade and service. But…

The new age of urban manufacturing?

The new age of urban manufacturing?

Until the second half of the twentieth century many products were generated by local, regional, and national producers.  This was largely due to the transport and accessibility to manufactured goods which created a kind of regionalism for manufacturing.  Only the most valuable goods were exported over longer distances and the…