Like many cities, Oslo was built on labour, and its success comes in part from the thriving production industry that once existed. The whole value chain of production once existed within the city walls – production, consumption and reproduction.
A by-product of this integrated approach, was that the production and the workers were once present in the customer’s lives. But now, there is a disconnection. Most likely your bread is only being purchased in a grocery store where the production is hidden away.
To successfully bring the factory back to the city, the development must respond to modern parameters, challenges and constraints that the urban fabric has set. While building a factory in the suburbs is often a construction free-for-all, building into established urban areas brings with it an array of challenges.
However, there is so much to gain from bringing the factory back to the city. We can reconnect the worker, consumer and the raw materials. We can rectify the missing link between production and the city’s inhabitants.