Mapping Spaces for Making - 2018-2019

During the last decades, the cities of Shanghai and Shenzhen have witnessed the emergence of new industrial spaces that have radically transformed the ways objects and technologies are produced. More recently, stakeholders of a growing maker movement have gradually become interested by this gigantic production infrastructure. In parallel, government policies started promoting technological innovation as the new engine of national economic development and global outreach. « Mapping spaces for making», is a research initiative that aims at documenting the encounters between these multiple dynamics around the production of objects and technologies in four cities in China: Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Shenzhen. This project is led by the Institute for Area and Global Studies at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland). Since 2016, a team of anthropologists, economist and geographer has been conducting eldwork on-site and reviewing industrial and innovation policies. From February 28 to March 10 2018, a team of ethnographers, makers, media archaeologists, designers, architects, geographers and artists used their knowledge and tools to map out the stories of making in the cities of Shanghai and Shenzhen.

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