Local-recall (Seoul)

Local-recall (Seoul)

Following the excellent 2019, Urban Manufacturing Next forum which emerged from the threat of gentrification in Sewoon, one of Seoul’s most diverse and dynamic manufacturing neighbourhoods. This event, aptly called ‘Local-Recall’ looks at development in cities such as Seoul, New York and Brussels while reflecting on the impact of the…

Foundries of the Future: A Guide For 21st Century Cities of Making.

Foundries of the Future: A Guide For 21st Century Cities of Making.

Since the 1970s, cities world-wide have been witness to radical de-industrialisation. Manufacturing was considered incompatible with urban life and was actively pushed out. As economies have grown, public officials and developers have instinctively shifted their priorities to short-term, high-yielding land uses such as offices, retail space and housing. Inner-city growth from New…

Brussels, a city of making

Brussels, a city of making

If you only have two minutes: This film provides an insight into four manufacturers in Brussels covering both foundational activities and forms of manufacturing that require to be in or near the city.  The film aims to present some of the common trends and challenges, while exposing some of the…

Profiles: Cantillon – Brussels

Profiles: Cantillon – Brussels

Cantillon is a brewery located in the heart of Brussels, a few steps from the main train station – Gare du Midi.  The brewery produces Gueuze beer which has a peculiar ‘spontaneously fermented’ process based on ancient brewing methods that were once typical for the surrounding Senne Valley.   It…

Profiles: BIGH – Brussels

Profiles: BIGH – Brussels

BIGH, the acronym for Brussels Integrated Green Houses, is a pioneering urban agriculture business, located on the roof of the retail section of the city’s abattoir.  The business uses a closed loop system within the spirit of cradle to cradle and the circular economy that takes advantage of wasted heat…

Profiles: Citydev.brussels

Profiles: Citydev.brussels

Demonstrating new approaches to real estate development Citydev.brussels is the Brussels region’s development agency, an independent but publicly owned organisation. It is charged with showcasing new development priorities and developing spatial solutions which would not currently be attractive to the mainstream development market. They have three areas of focus: housing,…

Profiles: CF2D – Brussels

Profiles: CF2D – Brussels

CF2D is located along Brussels’ canal district, within an ERDF (European Regional Development Funds) funded complex oriented towards waste management.  The non-profit organisation is focused on repurposing or at least selectively dismantling and sorting electronic waste.  This provides relatively ‘low-value’ financial returns but is of great value for cities that…

Profiles: Loewenstein Machines – Brussels

Profiles: Loewenstein Machines – Brussels

Lowestein is located on the south of Brussels, one of only a handful of repair businesses in Belgium.  They provide an essential service by keeping machines moving and working.  However it is not the most attractive job and there are questions of how this business may be carried down to…

Profiles: Screen Group – Brussels

Profiles: Screen Group – Brussels

Screen Group is located in the south of Brussels and focuses on printing posters and large prints.  This is increasingly a smaller market. There is constant pressure to invest in new technology to bridge the gap.  This film looks at how a business stays afloat despite newer and bigger businesses…