Rural-urban migration in China is at an all-time high, with experts estimating an influx of 243 million migrants to Chinese cities by 2025. In a bid to combat this wave of migration and raise living standards for farmers, Stefano Boeri Architetti designed Slow Food Freespace, China’s first Slow Village that follows the philosophy of the Slow Food Movement.
Founded in Italy in 1986, the Slow Food Movement has grown into a worldwide campaign that promotes local food, traditional cooking and sustainability in agricultural economies. Inspired by this vision, Stefano Boeri Architetti created a Slow Village program for China that comprises three cultural epicenters — a school, a library and a small museum — that would be built in each village and serve as hubs for disseminating farming knowledge and celebrating each area’s unique cultural characteristics.
The Slow Village pilot project will be presented this week at the 16th Venice Biennial, during the collateral event Across Chinese Cities.
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