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The Future Starts Here

The exhibition The Future Starts Here, held at V&A Sainsbury gallery in 2018, groups together 100 projects shaping the world of tomorrow. Curated by Roday Hyde and Mariana Pestana, these projects question how emerging design and current technology like driverless cars, drones or domestic robots are affecting the human. The exhibition installation designed by Andrés Jaque and his Office for Political Innovation in Madrid invites you to feel, touch, seat and inhabit all these narratives through a material, ornate and saturated display.

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How E-Commerce Is Transforming Rural China

Jiayang Fan explains the transformation of rural china through JD.com. The Beijing based company was founded in 1998 and has grown into one of the leading companies worldwide   in high tech and AI delivery through drones, autonomous technology and robots. The expansion of JD.com, together with the creation of on-the-ground jobs and the implementation of drones in logistics, has made possible the delivery of modernity to isolated regions in the country. The article narrates this transformation through the life of villagers like Xia Canjun, that after leaving his hometown seeking to see the world is now supervising that the world is being delivered to his hometown, in addition to other hundred villages in the area.

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El mito tecnooptimista

Delia Rodríguez desmitifica la visión positivista de internet en su artículo El mito tecnooptimista, publicado en el periódico El País el 28 de Julio de 2018. A través de la narración de su propia experiencia, en el marco de su mudanza de una gran ciudad en Estados Unidos a una zona rural en el centro de España, la autora pone en crisis ideas cómo el acceso universal a internet, el nomadismo digital o el potencial de internet para combatir la despoblación.

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Pueblos sin transporte público: llega el siguiente paso de la despoblación

El sábado 23 de junio, la edición online del periódico El Confidencial dedica un artículo a la desaparición del trasporte urbano como consecuencia del proceso de despoblación de las zonas rurales. 80 municipios de Castilla-La Mancha, que han visto el cierre de sus centros de salud y escuelas, se exponen a la perdida del servicio de transporte público al declararse desierto el concurso de dos líneas de autobús entre Castilla-La Mancha y Valencia. Tanto el Ministerio de Fomento, responsable del concurso, como el Gobierno regional no parecen responder a las necesidades de las empresas de autobuses que no encuentran rentabilidad en el negocio.

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Los padrinos de los olivos que salvan a un pueblo en Teruel

El proyecto Apadrina un olivo reactiva una zona rural de Teruel a través de la preservación de un ecosistema de olivos centenarios. La rápida despoblación del municipio en los últimos años y el abandono de los campos de olivos que esta ha producido motivó a algunos jóvenes emigrados del municipio a idear un modelo sostenible para financiar el cuidado de los olivos. Apadrina un olivo ofrece la oportunidad a donantes remotos de tener un olivo y explotarlo a través de la custodia del territorio, generando así empleo en zonas rurales.

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Building a future countryside

Under the title “building a future countryside”, the pavilion of China opens an exhibition about the possibilities of rural areas in the country for the 16th International Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia. The development of the countryside in contemporary China represents an opportunity for experimentation.

“While modernization and technological progress promise us better lives with modern living conditions, they also, to some extent, sever the link between rural life and tradition. Faced with mass-produced rural housing brought on by urbanization, architects attempt to find a middle ground between tradition and modernization, taking advantage of modern technology in search of a vernacular connection”

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Posthuman, New Geographies

The ninth issue of the journal New Geographies, titled Posthuman, examines agency, boundaries, and politics of design in the age of post-anthropocentric, cognitive capitalism. Through critical essays and design projects, this journal stimulates a wide-ranging debate on the potential for design to engage with the complex, spatialities, more-than-human ecologies, and diverse life-forms of a rapidly changing planetary built environment. Including thoughts on non-human labour, anthropocentric urbanism, smart tourism, human design history, Korean plastic surgery, enhanced bodies and rural territories.

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Young buyers are being priced out of global city property

On Saturday 21 April, the printed edition of Financial Times addressed the issue of shrinking young population in cities due to increasingly unaffordable property prices. According to George Hammond, cities like London, which has traditionally imported the young and exported the old, seems to be reversing the question. It’s a similar story in other cities like New York, Hong Kong or Sydney. Housing market dynamics might be deterring young buyers from cities and, at the same time, encouraging older owners to stay. This demographic shift together with the improvements in healthcare and lifestyle is pushing up the average age of city residents.

The implication for our research is at the other end: young, dynamic and digitally articulated populations are fleeing city centres.

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ARE

ARE (Architecture for the Rural Environment) is a propositive research tutored by Gonzalo Del Val at Universidad Europea de Madrid. Students designed a series of devices to enhance life in the countryside. ARE draws architecture as an active agent in the process of recovering rural environments, a fundamental step toward sustainability.


UPDATING HOME

MPAA has formed a research group named “Updating Home”, working on the relation between life and architecture. The centre of their study is the traditionally dichotomous figure od the house and the home. One of their research lines is the house in a remote place.

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