UAOD Part 8: Urban Villages / The Workers

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In this blog series, we will be posting 8 short stories displayed in Unidentified Acts of Design, exploring contemporary production and manufacturing in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta. This week we look at Shenzhen urban villages, areas of informal urbanization and high population density that have gradually been surrounded by new developments in the […]

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UAOD Part 7: The Pirates and the Makers/ Shanzhai

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* In this blog series, we will be posting 8 short stories displayed in Unidentified Acts of Design,  exploring contemporary production and manufacturing in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta. This week we look at one of the most defining features of Shenzhen manufacturing landscape: ‘shanzhai’. https://vimeo.com/159335068 The Pirates and the Makers /Shanzhai A key term […]

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UAOD Part 6: The Platform / WeChat

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* In this blog series, we will be posting 8 short stories displayed in Unidentified Acts of Design,  exploring contemporary production and manufacturing in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta. This week we look the team designing one of the fastest growing and most ambitious social media platforms, WeChat. The Platform / WeChat Weixin, known as […]

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UAOD Part 5: The Samplers / Rose Knitting Sample Factory

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* In this blog series, we will be posting 8 short stories displayed in Unidentified Acts of Design,  exploring contemporary production and manufacturing in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta. This week we look the role of technicians at a knitwear sample factory, who’s task is to translate designs made by clients into manufacturable garments. The Samplers / […]

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UAOD Part 4: The Aviators / DJI

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* In this blog series, we will be posting 8 short stories displayed in Unidentified Acts of Design,  exploring contemporary production and manufacturing in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta. This week we look at the meteoric rise of DJI, who is supplying hobbyists around the world with intuitive easy-to-use drones for aerial photography. The Aviators […]

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Living Research: Making in China

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* In this special guest post, Liz Corbin, an academic based at the Institute of Making at University College London, recounts her experience touring Chinese maker spaces. It’s part of a recent Bristish Council initiative to understand the recent boom in maker culture in China, and to explore the potential crossover between Chinese and UK maker practice. On October 9th […]

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UAOD Part 3: The Engineers / Makeblock

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* In this blog series, we will be posting 8 short stories displayed in Unidentified Acts of Design,  exploring contemporary production and manufacturing in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta. This week we look at an engineer who took his idea for DIY robots and used Shenzhen’s unique resources to build his own company. The Engineers […]

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UAOD Part 2: The Facilitators / Seeed

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* In this blog series, we will be posting 8 short stories displayed in Unidentified Acts of Design,  exploring contemporary production and manufacturing in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta. This week we take a look at the people behind Seeed Studio, who are championing the maker movement within China, and championing China abroad. The Facilitators […]

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UAOD Part 1: The Painters / Dafen

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* In this blog series, we will be posting 8 short stories displayed in Unidentified Acts of Design,  exploring contemporary production and manufacturing in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta. This week we take a look at the lives of painters living and working in Dafen Village. The Painters / Dafen In the early 1990s a group of […]

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Unidentified Acts of Design at the UABB

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On December 5th, 2015 the V&A’s Shekou team presented ‘Unidentified Acts of Design’ at the Shenzhen Urbanism Architecture Bi-City Biennale, curated by Brendan Cormier and Luisa E Mengoni. The display explores 8 stories about design and production in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta. It was initiated as a pilot project to help us explore more […]

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