In 2005, the Chinese government announced its plan to urbanize half of the remaining 700 million rural citizens by 2030. From 19 April to 11 May, Melbourne School of Design will present Rural Urban Framework: Material Contexts. Divided into four sections – Fabric, Ground, Mass and Material – the exhibition looks at the role of local workers and their knowledge in the Baojing Cultural District project in Hunan Province, China. Involving rural people and un-skilled workers allows for new perspectives on how materials and design can be adapted to cope with the new environment.
Rural Urban Framework is a research and design collective based at the University of Hong Kong. Conducted as a not-for-profit organization providing design services to charities and NGOs working in China, RUF has built or is engaged in over 15 projects in villages across China.
[Main image: photo supplied by Melbourne School of Design]
Where: The Dulux Gallery, Melbourne School of Design Building (133), Masson Rd, The University of Melbourne
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