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>> CHAPTER 2: In Search for an Alternative Model
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>> CHAPTER 4: A Decentralised, Self-Organised, Production Model
>> CHAPTER 5: The Components
>> CHAPTER 6: The Productive Villages

Chapter 2:
In Search for an Alternative Model

The condition of Chinese migrant workers reveals a multitude of situations that could be addressed through architectural and urban solutions.  These range from spatial interventions for the overpopulated communal dwellings of migrants to the development of urban models for cities dominated by a transient population.  

However, what intrigued me the most was the organisational structure of the factories and their manufacturing activities.  The conventional manufacturing model traditionally revolves around a product-centric approach, with factory plants designed to bring together and consolidate a wide range of production activities and specialised knowledge under one roof.  The production activities set out into different departments within the factory are spatially arranged to operate as an assembly line.  Workers are typically trained to perform compartmentalised and repetitive tasks within their assigned departments. 

The efficiency of the standard assembly-line and central factory model was not achieved without substantial cost to both society and individuals alike.  This prompts the question: Is there an alternative production model that not only promotes resilient economic development but also empowers individuals?  This begins my quest to search for and re-imagine a manufacturing landscape for ‘the world’s factory’.

Photos from factory visit field trip, 2012:

Inside an electrical factory

Inside a watch factory

Inside a furniture factory

Inside a cable factory

Inside a cable factory

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