Loft Working. Basic observations on urban manufacturing spaces in North American cities

The research observes the shaping of urban manufacturing activities in some of the major North American cities. Due to often-unprepared cities in terms of policies and regulations, urban manufacturing has made its way through the urban fabric by re-occupying disposable, affordable, ‘left as loft’ spaces disregarded by mainstream real estate and commercial trends. These places are at the halfway point between public/private, global/local, formal/informal, temporary/permanent, non-profit/for-profit, past/future. These intrinsic dualities represent an opportunity for cities to take a step forward in their effort to address increasing complexity, inequalities, and rapid transformations.