Machinarium: Regenerative urban catalyst and textile production

The 21st century, frequently termed the post-industrial era, is marked by the devastating consequences of unsustainable industrial production, unlimited consumption, and boundless waste. The proposed scheme from Pretoria, redefines understandings of industry by proposing a new system of resource exchanges between specific production processes. The submitted design, for example, explores synergies between a textile manufacturing facility, agricultural fields, and a sewage treatment plant to create what the author calls a “Machinarium” of mutually interrelated systems and subsystems, all working together to create a sustainable environment. The project thereby explores new architectural typologies which may transform the future of cities. Industry becomes a regenerative urban catalyst that blurs present-day distinctions between social, productive, and natural space.