Quotation Frey, Harald, Laa, Barbara, Haselsteiner, Edeltraud, Madner, Verena, Grob, Lisa-Maria, Schwaigerlehner, Katja. 2020. The Vertical Urban Factory Concept and Sustainable Transport – Prototypes for European Cities. Journal of Road and Traffic Engineering. 66 (1), 1-8.




The Vertical Urban Factory concept reclaims production in multi-story buildings as part of the cityscape. Today, factories are mostly located in monofunctional industrial areas outside of cities due to high land prices and restrictions on motorized individual transport. However, production must be taken into account as a necessary element of lively and mixed urban structures. New urban development concepts are therefore in demand for efficient and space-saving use of commercial and industrial space. We analyzed how multi-story production can be reintegrated into European cities and developed five prototypes considering urban structure and logistics concepts. The prototypes show that multi-story construction is indeed a realizable alternative for limited space resources. While integrating individual production facilities in densely built-up areas fulfils the current transport policy objectives best, the greatest potential of vertical production is located in mixed commercial areas. The vertical urban factory concept promotes sustainability goals on many levels and we therefore recommend it to cities. In this paper, we focus on the transportation aspects and present three of the five prototypes.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Road and Traffic Engineering
Language English
Title The Vertical Urban Factory Concept and Sustainable Transport – Prototypes for European Cities
Volume 66
Number 1
Year 2020
Page from 1
Page to 8
URL https://www.putisaobracaj.rs/index.php/PiS/article/view/132
DOI https://doi.org/10.31075/PIS.66.01.01
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.putisaobracaj.rs/index.php/PiS/article/view/132


Madner, Verena (Details)
Grob, Lisa-Maria (Former researcher)
Frey, Harald (TU Wien, Austria)
Haselsteiner, Edeltraud (Urbanity, Austria)
Laa, Barbara (TU Wien, Austria)
Schwaigerlehner, Katja (Urbanity, Austria)
Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance FI (Details)
Urban Management and Governance (Madner) (Details)
Institute for Law and Governance IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5101 General political science (Details)
5112 European law (Details)
5205 Energy law (Details)
5217 Public law (Details)
5218 Constitutional law (Austrian-, European-) (Details)
5228 Constitutional law (Details)
5234 Administrative science (Details)
5237 Commercial law (Details)
5242 Environmental law (Details)
5249 Zoning law (Details)
5259 Law on registration and establishment of business associations (Details)
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