Urban production is a polysemic term that can mean at least two different things. First, in a very broad sense, it refers to the ways in which urban forms are produced—whether on a daily basis or over the very long term—by social players who have access to highly unequal resources, and are associated through relationships of solidarity and competition, domination and resistance, negotiation and conflict. While the city is a produced space, embodied in the morphology of built space, it is also a productive space, in which a series of factors and players all take part in the production and circulation of materials. Metrolab’s research on urban production deals precisely with the relationships that are created in cities today—and more specifically in Brussels—between these two faces of urban production: the production of the city itself, and production within the city.
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