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With the interest in increased urban density, new ideas and concepts for contemporary vertical and urban factories point to a new direction for manufacturing spaces. These factories can be built as hybrid buildings in mixed-use neighbourhoods because industry is now smaller, cleaner, and quieter. The reintroduction of urban manufacturing to cities in general – and the value of hybrid cities – are resolved at both an architectural scale and urban scale through the mixed-use vertical urban factory in a new paradigm that is also sustainable. Examples include those that mix commercial and manufacturing, cultural and manufacturing, residential and manufacturing, and a mix of all uses that can then multiply and contribute to the hybrid city. This article proposes that a new hybridity – both spatially and economically – might lead to more productive and vital cities which return to their hybrid premodern roots while looking forward in an avant-garde context.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2017

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