We are very happy to announce the studio brief for our 2015/2016 graduation studio: Meet Your Maker – Industry, Architecture and the City!
Meet Your Maker: How an Industrial Renaissance can bring back business
The upcoming Design as Politics graduation studio is centered around the manufacturing industry; in other words, the making of things.
After the devastating effects of the crisis in financial economics, focus is gradually shifting back to the real economy, an economy of production. Western industrialized countries have seen increased offshoring over the last twenty years, but this tide is turning. Re-shoring, or bringing back production from low labour cost countries, is increasing in numbers. Combined with the retrofitting and embedding of existing industry, this is becoming one of the key programs of the future city.
This studio reflects on the political consequences of this emerging trend, both globally and locally. It examines questions related to the comeback of manufacturing, future work models, industrial paternalism, industrial and scientific parks, and factory architecture. It explores new models for work, renewed craftsmanship, and the factory of the future, and helps define the role of manufacturing in society.
What have been the consequences of offshoring for western cities and towns? What will the consequences of re-shoring be for western cities and towns? How will this development be integrated in our cities? And what are the consequences for workers in developing countries where goods are now being produced?
The studio includes lectures, workshops, and a field excursion to Barcelona; to explore its highly industrialized metropolitan hinterland and to talk first hand with industrialists, policy makers, and designers involved with the manufacturing industry. What do re-shoring, factory design, and renewed craftsmanship mean to them? The results will be presented there to stakeholders both local and from the Catalan government. The studio is framed within the approach of Design as Politics; critical, bold, and design based research.
Ready to be a Design as Politics master graduate? send us an email telling us what you would like to design in the context of the return of manufacturing. Include your motivation to join this studio (max. 1,5 A4 / 600 words), and some examples of your previous writings and designs. NEW DEADLINE: 6th May 2015.