Production in the City

Digitalisation and new generations of processing machines have given rise to the production technology vision of ‘1 piece per product with industrial techniques’. Machines such as 3-D printers can be more compact, lighter and quieter for mass production than conventional production lines and they do not require a conveyor belt. This not only makes cellular production easier, but also facilitates the vertical integration of factories.

What does this mean for Berlin? Will digital mini-factories pop up in rear courtyards or storefronts? And how can their growth be harmonized with that of the city? The report of the same name tackles these issues and more. 

Its key recommendations for action: Berlin’s inner city mixed-used areas are key to urban appeal for modern, individualised production and must be retained The commercial areas clustered around the rapid transit ring must be turned into attractive places to work and vertical factories can be set up and tested in existing industrial districts The opportunities of new planning options for urban mixed-use areas must be used. Along traffic axes and train tracks, businesses can act as noise buffers and minimise the conflicts between residential and commercial users. 

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Christian Hammel
Dr. Christian Hammel
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Anne-Caroline Erbstößer
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