Kick-off of „Urban Factory Lab“ in the Research Project „MIA – Made in Aachen“


WZL shows production in urban area



Jérôme Uelpenich, M.Sc RWTH



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  Project partner are holding tablets and are listening to a talk Copyright: © WZL Some project partner of the research project “MIA – Made in Aachen”

Within the framework of the research project "MIA - Made in Aachen - (Re-)Integration of Production in Urban Areas" funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University works together interdisciplinary with the Department of Economics, Science and Europe of the Municipality of Aachen. Further partners are the Cybernetics Lab IMA & IfU and the Chair of Economic Geography and the Chair of Planning Theory and Urban Development of RWTH Aachen University. The aim of the research project MIA is the empirical investigation of the possibilities for the design of production in urban areas as well as the support of measures of regional development in Aachen.

The aim of the part of the project the WZL is responsible for is the utilization and processing of the collaboratively developed results. In this way, the integrative character of the research project is to be enhanced and made accessible to the public. The central point is the demonstration of the compatibility of production with urban structures in the "Urban Factory Lab".

The "Urban Factory Lab" is a tour on the subject of production in urban space through the Aachen district of Rothe Erde, during which the citizens of Aachen not only gain an insight into the history of production in Aachen, but also into the latest production facility of e.GO Mobile AG in Rothe Erde. In the real production environment, citizens can discover the latest knowledge from science and research combined with examples from the automotive industry.

The "Urban Factory Lab" focuses on the experience of production in urban space. It shows that production in urban areas can already be implemented today through technologies and concepts compatible with urban environments. In addition, opportunities, concerns and conflict potentials can be discussed in an open exchange between residents, companies and project representatives.

On Friday, February the 1st, 2019, the Urban Factory Lab was officially opened by the DLR Project Management Organisation, the management level of the research project and the project members. From February to June 2019, the Urban Factory Lab opens to the public every last Friday of the month from 3 pm to 5 pm.

Further information and how to register can be found on the website of the Urban Factory Lab