The initial armature for this project couples two distinct forms of urbanism as embodied in Detroit, where America once made and again unmakes itself today on the one hand; and Shenzhen, the world’s contemporary manufacturing capital celebrated as a rising Silicon Valley for hardware, on the other. These two cities, Detroit and Shenzhen, are non-parallel, but mutual constructions of each other. This research project documents incidences in which the compression of developmental time is evident in diverse forms of urbanism. The research objective seeks to evaluate how creative practices promote fiverse forms of embodiment, alterity, and urban anomaly. How do the tactics of unmaking and remaking the techno-urban body, become refracted in the disabled or augmented human body? What can the making of things tell us about ourselves, and more importantly the cultures of production that persist through committed practices of making that become routine?
$ 18,000 from the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies.
Our Cube organized an international symposium called Contested Innovation in the Global Silicon Valley.