As financial capital progressively invents new forms of value to mine as exhaustively as the last, there is need, once again, to attend to the particularities and irregularities of place. For it is the unthought, overlooked, and discarded that can be captured without alarm; forgotten without notice. The Urban Village represents a tipping point with the past. Yet if we have learned anything from the present about the forces that engender such visions of a future, we should know that its very difference is in risk of sliding into the same. The Urban Village is a petri dish of criticality; a laboratory of flight. Being left alone has never been an option. New mechanisms of relation, new protocols of exchange, new conditions of belonging are needed for living, and growing, together.

Urban Village is collaboration between e-flux Architecture and the 7th Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) within the context of its theme, "Cities, Grow in Difference."

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Imagine a corporation of great wealth. It owns land in the most valuable area of the city’s Central Business District. You saw the directors of...
Depending on one’s perspective, the concept of geo-culture has two definitions. One is a view from the outside, from where geo-culture can be...
Joshua Bolchover
Baishizhou, one of Shenzhen’s last remaining centrally located urban villages and home to approximately 140,000 people living in an area of just...
The early boom in art biennales coincided with the post-1989 malaise of internationalism and a tentative burst in cosmopolitan thinking. It was...
M. Christine Boyer
Contemporary cities, it is argued, are formless, almost like a scrambled egg. They are fragmented collages, transmuting into global or...
Michiel Hulshof and Daan Roggeveen
Picking a present for an old friend can be difficult. The perfect gift has the right size (not too small, but not too extravagant either), is...
The frontier is a space where actors from different worlds have an encounter for which there are no established rules of engagement. Whereas the...
Andy Merrifield refers to the old architectural notion of the “urban tissue” as a “fine-grained texturing, as a mosaic and fractal form that has...
A strange symphony of ting-tong sounds echoes through Dong Feng in Jiangsu, roughly 450km north-west of Shanghai, when we arrive. In the...
Nick Axel, Hou Hanru, Nikolaus Hirsch, Liu Xiaodu, and Meng Yan
Urban Village is collaboration between e-flux Architecture and the 7th Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) within the context of...
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Urbanism
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China, Housing & Real Estate, Center & Periphery, Networks, Public Space

Urban Village is collaboration between e-flux Architecture and the 7th Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) within the context of its theme, "Cities, Grow in Difference."

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