MAS Context Fall Talks 2015

Nina Rappaport: Vertical Urban Factory

October 22, 2015 at 6PM

Architectural critic, curator, historian, and educator Nina Rappaport lectured about her project Vertical Urban Factory. The lecture took place at the Charnley-Persky House, headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians.


Vertical Urban Factory, a traveling exhibition and book with Actar publishers, focuses on the spaces of production in cities—both Modernist and contemporary—and incorporates the architectural, technological, and economic factors that shape their design, function, and social impact. In the project, Nina addresses the history of the urban factory in its vertical typology while looking forward, provoking new concepts for the future of urban manufacturing. She underscores the necessity of creating new paradigms for sustainable, hybrid, and transparent urban industries that also take into account the worker in the city and the new economy.

This talk was organized in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians and presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Funding for this talk was provided by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.

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Leaving the factory under the glass enclosed conveyors, Van Nelle factory, ca 1960. Courtesy Collectie Gemeentearchief Rotterdam.