Sanz Serif, a makeshift nickname earned as a result of my typographic likes, is the umbrella under which I present the diverse facets of my work: academic research on architecture and urbanism, design speculations, graphic design, curatorial and editorial work, and writings developed individually or collaborately, in institutional settings or independently.

Current focus: Workscapes.

COM / Cities of Making

RVB - a Brussels based urban manufacturing company making high-end bathroom fittings. Photo: Cities of Making

Cities of Making: Resources for Activating New Urban Industry Through Technology, Spatial Design and Transition Governance (ERA-NET Co-fund Smart Urban Futures programme funcaded project) explores opportunities for strengthening urban based manufacturing in European cities following years of decline and offshoring. Using a combination of strategic and action research, the project’s ambition is to identify what works in supporting a resilient and innovative industrial base, to envision what the spatial conditions of reindustrialization might look like, and to test those solutions in a real-world setting. Cities of Making learns from experiences in London, Rotterdam and Brussels – each with a distinct industrial heritage. By the end of the project, it will have developed ideas, practices and policies focusing on public authorities (and many other relevant stakeholders) to breathe new life into their manufacturing communities. 

Main project partners include: Brussels Enterprises Commerce and IndustryLatitude Platform for Urban Research and DesignTechnical University of DelftThe Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commercel’Université libre de BruxellesUniversity College LondonVrije Universiteit Brussel, and local social partners in the Rotterdam region are Gemeente RotterdamStadshavens RotterdamGreenport Westland OostlandProvince Zuid Holland, and Het Nieuwe Instituut.

TU Delft research unit: Prof. Han Meyer, Birgit Hausleitner, and Victor Muñoz Sanz.