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Sensing urban manufacturing: sensible production in a small Swiss town

Environmental destruction, social inequalities, geopolitical vulnerability–the limits of the long-time praised paradigm of post-industrial cities and globalised value chains are becoming evident, while calls for (re)localising production in cities are getting increasingly vocal. However, the material implications–i.e. where and in which form urban manufacturing should concretely take place and the consequences on urban space and relations–are rarely addressed in debates on (re)industrialisation. This paper focuses on the multisensory dimension of urban manufacturing to interrogate the spatial possibilities for production in a small town in Switzerland. Together with a group of graduate students, we applied sensory methods to explore how production shapes urban sensescapes and how these sensescapes affect our relation to production. We advance the concept of sensible production: a production that not only is perceptible and can actively be engaged with, but that also shows good sense, makes sense, and focuses on what we need rather than on appearance.


Day: 2023-08-31
Start time: 16:45
Duration: 00:15
Room: ZV-8-1
Type: Paper Presentation
Theme: Hegemonic worldviews and degrowth horizon


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