In the words of Andrea Branzi, ‘the metropolis of the information age is not…the capital of technology; it is rather the land of the humane’. This year Intermediate 10 experienced this urban condition by travelling to one of the most intensely urbanised regions of the world, the Pearl River Delta in China. The research focused on the workers’ social struggles, their urban ‘inventions’, their opportunism as well as their desires.
The material and phenomenological aspects informed new landscapes of urban production and agri-cultivation and the political aspects informed a series of digital applications for urban participation. The former provided a strategic framework for development, framing urban life, introducing environmental remediation and evolving energetic self-sufficiency, while the latter attempted to breed the opportunities found in bottom-up participation.