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Author: Matteo Gianotti
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Depending on the economic sector and the type of good, we have witnessed different localisation strategies on a global scale that have led to various spatial configuration and urbanity.

‘Megaplants’ focuses on the world’s largest manufacturing plants and the intertwined mechanisms of spatial transformation. When talking about large industrial plants, we imagine a continuous flow of goods and vehicles moving around the factory, thousands of employees working in multiple shifts, and designated infrastructures built around the multitude of industrial buildings. Some of these industrial clusters have grown so large that they overtake the city from which they originated.

‘Megaplants’ is an experimental research methodology that intends to disclose specific aspects of significant places of production (concerning the spatial dimension) to seek for relations between subjects and spaces. This means to investigate factors that have fostered the development of these industrial plants as well as processes that are currently underway.

We will select a product and a specific stage of production, identify the largest factories, and look at the transformation of places over time. Is there a common trend among different locations? Are we able to recognise some path dependence relations? What kind of urbanity is ‘megaplants’ generating?

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