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Zizheng Wu

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 Reinvention of Craftsmanship


This research project is a re-examination of how middle-income cities foster skills in the post-industrial upgrades. The industrial upgrade has diminished low end labour-intensive industries, causing a big divergence in cities between the highly skilled professionals and low skilled workers. Particularly those who have arrived in cities as recent migrants. Since the industrial upgrade, cities tend to disregard the skills that migrants have of indigenous craftsmanship from their hometowns, and train them for mechanistic assembly lines. Now, many of the assembly lines in middle-income cities are disappearing.

This project questions the current practices in Shenzhen regarding migrant recruitment and training, which appear to be far from adequate in responding to the changing skills needed and skills training. Through a new conceptualisation of skills that view upskilling as a continuous and evolutionary process, this refined fabrication process aims to bridge traditional and innovative architectural languages. It explores craft skills as a medium to reinterpret the changing manufacturing culture and allows an opportunity for employment agencies to act as an institution for migrant workers through the reinvention of craftsmanship.

  Shenzhen, China



Zizheng Wu

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