New Industrial Urbanism

Since the Industrial Revolution, cities and industry have grown together; towns and metropolitan regions have evolved around factories and expanding industries. In their new book, Tali Hatuka and Eran Ben-Joseph explore the evolving relationships between cities and places of production, focusing on the spatial implications and physical design of integrating contemporary manufacturing into the city. New Industrial Urbanism (Routledge, 2022)  examines how disruptive moments led to dramatic shifts in the manufacturing sector — such as large-scale mass production methods to small-scale distributed systems; polluting and consumptive production methods to a cleaner and more sustainable process; and broad demand for unskilled labor to a growing need for a more educated and specialized workforce — to show how cities see new investment and increased employment opportunities.

New Industrial Urbanism provides lessons from cases around the world and suggests adopting an action framework that reconnects what has been separated: people, places, and production. Hatuka and Ben-Joseph make the case for moving conversations beyond the reflexively-negative characterizations of industry to re-consider the ways in which industry creates places, sustains jobs, and supports environmental sustainability in our cities.

Through the generosity of MIT and Tel Aviv University New Industrial Urbanism is available as Open Access content, here.


Image captions and credits: Bottro, Germany by Benjamin Freese via FlickrGoose Island, Chicago by Goose Island 2025 via Curbed; BMW Factory, Munich