COLLECTIVISM X.0 - Networked 'rurban' infrastructure & flow / Lab 3


REDESIGNING FOOD & WORK FLOW ACROSS THE URBAN AND THE RURAL

Taking as staring point the social and urban implications that different digital disruptive technologies are having for the Chinese society, digital platforms are used as case studies (Taobao, Wechat, Mobike) and look at their possible implications in design. We take two parallel scenarios, one city and one village, and develop the maps of two main flows: food and work production. Through these mappings, we analyse how these flows are structured and how they network with other physical and digital flows between city and village and what more virtuous relationships could be drafted thereof.

Zhao Liqun - urban reseracher, architect and technologist, together with visual information strategist and graphic designer Zhang Shoupin, modelled this lab to understand the potential of digital technologies to disrupt and create inclusive systems that promote economic development; extract the negative connotations of the implementation of these systems in China, focusing on the lack of identity, and eventually defining local Identity at different levels, and understanding the potential of design to re-define the development of these disruptive systems.

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