The third chapter of the exhibition Across Chinese Cities – The Community (The Objects, Spaces and Rituals of the Collective), which cropped up at the 2014 and 2016 editions of the Venice Architecture Biennale has been opened on May 25, at Ca’ Tron. Stefano Boeri Architetti has presented a pilot project of the first Slow Village to be realized in Qyian, China. It aims to counteract the increasingly growing trend of migration from villages to the cities in China by improving the quality of live in the rural areas. Since the people abandon their agricultural homeland to benefit from better educational and cultural facilities, the Slow Village project, developed in collaboration with Slow Food, proposes to create a school, a library and a small museum for each village.
The exhibition Across Chinese Cities uses 20 case studies to presents the community as a mechanism that can create ‘new systems of social, economic and spatial belonging’. The proposed projects look to find policy and community based approaches to urban organization aiming for results of inclusivity, empowerment and collective creativity. Along with Stefano Boeri Architetti the exhibition features the ideas and projects of 3andwich Design, Atlas Studio, Vector Architects, People’s Architecture Office and Digua Community, developed under a framework of six themes that provide a unique pathway through the explored topics. Dontstop architettura signed the design of the exposition.