Urban Shrinkage, Industrial Renewal and Automotive Plants

  • Andreas Luescher
  • Sujata Shetty

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Andreas Luescher, Sujata Shetty
    Pages 1-8
  3. Andreas Luescher, Sujata Shetty
    Pages 25-47
  4. Andreas Luescher, Sujata Shetty
    Pages 49-80
  5. Andreas Luescher, Sujata Shetty
    Pages 81-100
  6. Andreas Luescher, Sujata Shetty
    Pages 101-116
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 117-118

About this book


This book focuses on the relationship between the auto industry and the built environment at multiple scales, a topic of particular interest now as the industry is going through a period of major transformation.  Drawing from multiple perspectives, including architecture, urban design and urban planning, the authors examine the changing form of the auto factory itself, the changing geography of auto production, and the challenges faced by communities as the auto plants that once brought them prosperity, and often a sense of identity, leave town.  They examine four places that are dealing in different ways, and with varying success, with the aftermath of a decommissioned auto plant in their midst.  These are Janesville, Wisconsin, and Willow Run, Michigan, in the United States, and Bochum, Germany, and Genk, Belgium, in Europe. Together these four cases provide some clues about what the future might look like for places that were once intimately connected with the manufacture of cars.

Sujata Shetty is Interim Director of the Jack Ford Urban Affairs Center and a Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning, at the University of Toledo, Ohio.  
Andreas Luescher is a Swiss architect, who is currently Professor and Chair of Architecture and Environmental Design at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. 


Urban Planning Built Environment Urban Shrinkage Urban Decay Community Development Planning Industrial Areas Automotive Plants Decommissioned Factories Decommissioned Automotive Plants

Authors and affiliations

  • Andreas Luescher
    • 1
  • Sujata Shetty
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering, Department of Architecture and Environmental DesignBowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA
  2. 2.Jack Ford Urban Affairs Center, Department of Geography and PlanningThe University of ToledoToledoUSA

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