Can The Vertical Urban Factory Return To Our Cities?
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Fiat Lingotto, roof test track, Turino, 1913-26 From the Industrial Revolution until about WWII, factories were vertical. There were a couple of reasons; at first, it was because motive force came from water wheels and was distributed by belts, and going vertical was shorter. Then the water was replaced by big steam engines. The development of the small electric motor finally enabled equipment to spread out a bit. But more importantly, the factories had to be where the workers were, and they didn't have cars and had to live nearby. Once workers had cars, then the factories could go suburban and spread out. Perhaps it is time to rethink this. In a wonderful article in Urban Omnibus , Nina Rappaport calls on " on planners and architects to redefine and reimagine urban industry and its integration with city life." ... Read the full story on TreeHugger