China Project 1: The Rural Metropolis: Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide in Beijing

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Designer: Xiaowei Wang

Project:  ‘The Rural Metropolis is a project to create an infrastructure of mobile community centers in Beijing’s constantly changing urban villages (chengzhongcun, literally villages in the city) which are highly segregated, temporary migrant settlements, supporting informal economies, rural livelihoods and re-transitions from the city to the countryside, understanding that addressing agricultural development means bridging the urban-rural divide and fostering connections from the city to the country. ‘ (

Why I like it: Addresses an ever- increasing humanitarian problem utilising human centered design techniques.



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