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About Industrial Evolution

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From "The Saline De Chaux" to Apple's new "spaceship" campus in California, design of industrial city has evolved from Institution to Factory, from Factory to Campus. The representation of industrial setting has evolved from a leading driver of society to massive production, from massive production to intellectual creativity. Industrialization is circling to unfold a new era. A new relationship between production, environment, creativity, visual branding,  is defining new industrialization.  

In this era, development of 3D print, new materials and various network will change the size of production and make "create" and “produce" come closer to daily life and go farther to the space. A continuing technology development in micro level will change our behavior further, which eventually influences how to design. Those developments will change design industry from "massive design" to "renewable and customized creation". Industrial city will not agglomerate on the edge of cities. It is becoming the center of emerging city and scattering into the existing urban fabric. In both ways, it can not be neglected. Will it be a new cultural icon? Will it be new urban phenomena? They are not questions. They are happening.

Collaborating with genuine entrepreneurs and professionals, with compassion and respect to each site's character and culture, with a mind of looking for appropriate design strategy, we approach industrial site as a seed for Evolution of time, environment, culture, society and technology in the new era of industrialization.

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"Industrial Arch off the mainstream" is part of our "Dissolving Cities"

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When overlapping population increasing trend from 2000 to 2080 with other important indexes such as PPP, job opportunity, virtual water exchange and climate change vulnerability in the global scale, few region in the world has enough natural resource, capital and manpower to sustain a comprehensive growth by itself. Growth juxtaposes with declination globally and regionally.

The imbalanced distribution of material, capital and manpower is essential to reshape industrial development and the flows of exchange. It melts many cultural boundaries in global scale, but redraws conflicts in a micro scale. It may revert the regional trend of urbanization to de-urbanization. It stimulates design of controversies: urban, farming, industry, and landscape preservation.

A series of research and design has been directed under the model of Dissolving City.  It states to reshape fragmented sites and controversial elements, through symbiotic evolution of infrastructure, farming, landscape and social media.  “Big”, “medium” or “small” scale is apt to the specific site and cultural background. 

By using cellphone to record construction site, we brought one of the sites to The exhibition New York New Design at AIA New York. The project “Industrial arch off the mainstream” reveals an attitude of switching attention from architecture itself to interaction on the edge, from autonomy to talking with users, workers, visitors, light and landscape. 

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