The incursion of artificial intelligence and automation into productive landscapes has come to be seen as the trigger for major shifts in labour ethos and conditions. Under the premise that automation also influences the design and occupation of the built environment, this project reflects upon the emerging architectures of automated labour in Pearl River Delta (PRD). As the region becomes one of the main arenas for the transition towards manufacturing systems based on human and robot interaction, how do these conditions of production impact the city and ultimately the bodies that inhabit it?
This presentation is part of Automated Landscapes, an initiative by Het Nieuwe Instituut. The research on PRD is conducted in collaboration with Future+ Aformal Academy, presented with responses by Roberto Requejo Belette and De Kai, and supported by Design Trust (an initiative of the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design), and the Consulate of the Netherlands in Guangzhou.
Date: Saturday, 31 March 2018
Speakers: Marina Otero Verzier (Director of Research, Het Nieuwe Instituut), Merve Bedir (Co-researcher, Automated Landscapes, Hong Kong)
Moderators/ Respondents: Aric Chen (Lead Curator, Design and Architecture, M+), Marisa Yiu (Co-founder and Executive Director, Design Trust), Roberto Requejo Belette (BArch Cornell AAP; MSAAD Columbia GSAPP; NCARB; Assoc. AIA) and De Kai (Distinguished Research Scholar, ICSI, Berkeley, and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, HKUST)
Venue: Art Basel Hong Kong, Convention & Exhibition Centre, Room N101B, 1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong
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