This work studies industrial zones during a crisis period and investigates their possibilities to accommodate a new collective model of labour based on the social needs. The study's goal is not an utopian solution, but a realistic answer.
The industrial zones were developed during the period of industry's growth as areas of concentration of factories structured without any plan. Following, they were transformed into planned zones where settlement incentives and advantages for industries were provided. However, de-industrialisation led to their gradual desolation, which, nowadays has peaked.
Focusing on the industrial zone of Volos, it is an almost desolate area, where the workforce is constantly diminishing, and factories cease their operation. The employment relations are changing with rotational work becoming predominant, while delayed payments are making their presence. Few units operate without problems. Consequently, there is a large reserve of buildings and skilled workforce, while at the same time there is a major unemployment issue.
The re-planning of the area is attempted, directed to a different concept for human labour based on some fundamental overall changes, such as the ownership regime and the possibility of worker's control. The industrial zone is transformed into an urban area of hyper-local character where industry and accommodation are combined, and which is an integral part of the city. Five research, education and production units are developed into existing buildings in subjects such as: technology, design, farming, materials and machinery. Housing is brought together at the limits of the zone's urban plots. Emphasis is given to the building of MISKO, as the landmark of the area. In the working areas, public uses are given and free entrance is permitted. Green parks are developed, public transportation is enhanced and a network of bicycle lanes is created. Finally, agricultural production is planned on urban gardens which are farmed by workers and residents.