Urban production refers to the decentralised production and processing of goods in densely populated areas. In this context, there is potential for ecological and social sustainability, for example in the areas resources, logistics, repair, recycling, sharing, employment, as well as (further) education or enhancement of the environment. Urban production often grows from the bottom up without political incentives, as the Wuppertal districts of Ölberg and Mirke demonstrate. Within the project NewUrbPro, researchers of the Wuppertal Institute analyse in order to develop recommendations of action for politics, economy, and society and to open up the scope for shaping new urban production following the self-image of a "Transformative Science".
The project pursues the following goals for New Urban Production:
The Wuppertal Institute's researcher ate also developing a definition of the "New Urban Production". Corresponding production sites in the Bergisches Städtedreieck are being mapped and described on an existing GeoPortal. To support the transfer of knowledge, various communication measures in Wuppertal as well as excursions to New Urban Production sites are planned.