The history of watchmaking in the Jura Valley has produced a unique kind of industrial urbanism where urban design and building type have evolved almost together, to define spaces of production that were not only functional to their remit but also expandable within the city and across the land. Thus, the socio-technical history of watchmaking buildings constitutes a fertile area of investigation. FAR is working on a systematic technological review of approximately 200 factory buildings with specific typological traits across the valley, aiming at determining the degree of production-induced innovation in the building systems they used, both within the territory and as a theoretical step in the creation of industrial comparative advantage.

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