For a long time factories were built vertically to account for the required spatial organization needed to produce goods. These urban factories were not far from city centers. During WWII, factories were designed to meet the growing demands for a larger, horizontally oriented operation system. Soon vertical factories began to disappear, making room for the new windowless, air-conditioned and vast “groundscrapers” that can be found in suburbia and beyond. However, vertical factories are making a come back. One type in particular is called the “Sustainable Vertical Factory”. This type performs multiple tasks and integrates ecological and environmental building methods with a variety of manufacturing systems. These factories also have the potential to produce energy and recycle goods rather than waste them.
I believe this is a much needed change, especially if we want to create cities that are more dense. Everyone knows factories are far for a reason, which should be a telling sign that it’s time for a change in how we do things. Instead of zoning industry away from city centers, the cleaner and greener production methods that the “Sustainable Factory” provides, allows for integration of urban centers and factories so that the two may work off each other economically and resourcefully. Next time you see new industry near by, have no fear, the factory is moving on up, in the right direction!
Source: Vertical Urban Factory