Smart Village – 智慧村庄
University of Art and Design Linz + Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts – 林茨艺术设计大学+广州美术学院 Shrinking Village
All over the world, the countryside living is shrinking. Some 5 years ago more than 50% of the world population lived in the city, coming years this will arise to 80%. With this decreasing of village-life, also the knowledge of village-life will disappear, with all its fascinating aspects of producing. But maybe, there are some aspects which are worth to re-interpret and implement in our contemporary urban lifestyle. Not because of a nostalgic point of view, not with a conservative attitude to keep the village as it is. But to find out if there are “smart” aspects in the village lifestyle which are interesting for our contemporary way of living and bring new vitality. With the ongoing digitalization it is clear that village life is becoming more and more the same as urban life. As Henri Levebrve already wrote, everything will become urban. Already now the food, the cloths, the television programs, are more or less the same in urban areas as on the countryside. We use the same Alibaba to shop, the same We-chat to communicate. But still the differences in daily life style are big, we think.
This opens the possibility to research into a hypermodernity, to find out what was good in history, and what has been lost, on purpose or maybe by accident. Can we repair this? Can we re-interpret this? Can we implement this in our contemporary life? And last but not least, can we make the city smarter with it? It is not about redesign the houses; it is to redesign the life-style. Therefor we need to rethink urban space, we have probably to learn to improvise to get an idea of how to handle this situation, to understand the possibilities and the design the impact.
Copy & Paste
Around the Futian underground high-speed railway station of Shenzhen as main venue of this UABB (Shenzhen), on the top of a building (or within the designated exhibition area), we will show a section through village-life and copy the parts that are interesting. We will produce a “smart-village” atmosphere, which will have a utopian touch (against “Retropotia”), growing Vegetables, and scratching Chicken. From this reflection, the urbanized villages and the digitized cities, the hands of controlled nature and the brains of controlled technology, the anonymity generated by population aggregation and the privacy stripped by social media and many other technological accidents will be generated in the daily life of cities and villages. And with the “art + architecture” approach, we will imagine how the future of urban living-biotope and village could will look like.
In November 2019, space & design STRATEGIES will, together with GAFA, department of Architecture and Applied Art, visit the Qiang village in Wenchuan County, Chengdu, Sichuan province. In a 2-week stay the team will do a performative research in the village, looking for smart ingredients in a historical village-life, which we can re-interpret and reincorporate in our contemporary urban lifestyle.
放眼全球，村落正在持续萎缩。近5年，全球50% 以上的人口生活在城市里，这个比例将很快上升至 80%。随着村落数量的持续减少，村落知识也将逐步消失，包括村落生活和生产的方方面面。然而，也许有一些方面是值得我们在城市生活中被重新解读和重新实施的。我们并非要以怀旧的观点或保守的态度来保持村落的现状, 而是力图发掘村落生活方式中的“智慧”，以供我们当代生活产生借鉴和带来新的生机。随着数字科技的持续发展，村落和城市生活渐趋相似。正如亨利·列斐夫尔所言，“一切都将城市化”。当下，无论在城市还是乡村，我们几乎享用一样的食物、服装和电视节目，上同样的网站购物，用同样的社交媒体。但我们相信, 日常生活方式间的差异仍然巨大。
Credits: Antonius Gerardus (Ton) Matton, Xian Zheng 娴郑, Yiding Yang 杨⼀丁
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