The Industrious City - Book Announcement

The Industrious City


The Industrious City – Urban Industry in the Digital Age


Cities have always been places where commerce and production, working and living are physically and functionally integrated. Only with the rise of industry have zoning regulations been introduced to separate these functions in space. But what is the role of such regulations when industry is digitized, increasingly emission-free, and based on innovation more than mass production? How should working and living be combined, when mobility and energy consumption become more sustainable? And what are the opportunities in a volatile world, characterized by digital disruption, migration, and demographic shifts, to create urban areas based on social equity and resilience?

Based on interrogative research at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) in the interdisciplinary urban design studio The Industrious City, the Zurich-based architecture studio Hosoya Schaefer presents this publication of the same name. Investigating ways in which production can be reintroduced to the city, this book explores how new synergies between production, services, leisure and living can be found in the context of the polycentric urban landscape of Switzerland – all against the backdrop of fundamental shifts in how urban industry is shaping our social, political, spatial and economic futures.

The City as an Ecosystem – by Philipp Aerni
Industrious Labor in the Second Urban Age – by Alex Krieger
Urban Manufacturing – by Nina Rappaport

Attached are both the English and German versions of Philipp Aerni's essay (pg. 105-115)

Aerni Essay_EN_DE_The-Industrious-City_200709 (PDF, 532 KB)

Annette Ewurama Schmid