The Present and Future of Industrial Parks: Beyond Their Transformation

Author: Maria Buhigas San José

Collection: Industrial Pact Working Papers

Since the 2008 crisis, there has been a change in the valuation of industrial activity and, in turn, industrial parks. All public administrations have increased their attention to and investments in plans to improve the competitiveness of such spaces. Nevertheless, these improvements are designed and implemented based on objectives that follow the logic of replacing the old with the new or making transformations. These approaches contradict the current dynamics in which uses and activities no longer get replaced but, rather, reformatted: ICT is reformatting offices, workspaces and the ways we organize ourselves; soilless cultivation is reformatting agriculture, and robotics will reformat production. In this context, how should we address public action in industrial parks?