Shenzhen

Shenzhen

Shenzhen to PRD Method


The notion of Shenzhen “speed” has led during the last 30 years to a way of thinking, learning, and operating the productive city. Today, this method includes a dispersed network of rapid making and logistics throughout the Pearl River Delta (PRD). In the PRD, design emerges from networked incrementalism, where diverse producers work in competition and collaboration, creating a collective and dynamic process of composing based on a highly efficient digital and physical infrastructure of communication and distribution. In addition, the culture of craftsmanship, the global shift to (free) market economy, and the economies of scale provide the context to the PRD method. Shenzhen to PRD Method maps the local resources of the Shawei urban village and the clusters of production facilities in the PRD. The film on Huaqiangbei Electronics Market documents the marketplace of this system and its mode of learning. In pursuit of a sustainable future city, Shenzhen to PRD Method asks for a connection between production and design in urban space.