Lecture and discussion

A Good City has Industry

Wed 09.10.2019, 19:00-21:00
man working in a factory with mask

Employees of the Kaymet metal tray factory in London
© Alexander McBride Wilson

Where is there still room for the productive city? An example from London provides stimulus for Vienna while highlighting current challenges.

In 2013 the architect Mark Brearley bought a factory in South London where they produced metal trays. Untypically, he did not convert the building into loft apartments but helped the firm to renewed success. However the industrial area around Old Kent Road has now been declared a development zone by the City, and thousands of new homes are planned. Can a factory still survive there? To give local residents and businesses a voice, ‘what if: projects’ has established a location for public discussions with city planners and investors with the Action OKR project.

Curated by Karoline Mayer and Marlene Rutzendorfer



Mark Brearley, CEO of Kaymet Metal Trays and professor, The Cass, London

Ulrike Steven, what if: projects, London


Followed by a discussion with Viennese experts:

Iris Kaltenegger, General Secretary of Europan

Michael Rosenberger, MA 18 — Municipal Department for Urban Development and Planning

Andreas Rumpfhuber, architect and theorist, Expanded Design, Vienna