全球唯一“城市\建筑”双年展
THE ONE AND ONLY BIENNALE
OF URBANISM\ARCHITECTURE IN THE WORLD
Data–mining the Urban Village

GSAPP Studio X, One Architecture / United States

哥伦比亚大学 Studio X,ONE建筑事务所 / 美国

Largely unregulated and off the books, urban villages have developed at a fundamentally different scale than greater Shenzhen, and according to different sets of rules – economically, spatially,socially. Given the ambiguous grey areas which the urban village inhabits, official data is sparse and difficult to access. Academically-produced ethnographic and economic documentation is primarily

anecdotal, limited in sample size, and not yet organized as a comprehensive body of literature.Although now large in volume, this textual data is becoming increasingly harder to parse, leading to much research which simply replicates past work without contributing new knowledge or insight.

In this Rural China Lab project, a collaboration between Columbia GSAPP's Studio X and One Architecture, data-mining techniques have been employed to harvest information from three types of sources, in both Chinese and English: academic research, journalism, and social media. The foundation of the venture was a summer workshop in Shenzhen with Columbia University and local Chinese students working on the mining, parsing, and initial analysis and visualization of the full data set. The first part of the exhibition, in the open hall, represents the full volume of data collected. The stacks of paper are printed with every word written about the urban village over the past 15 years.

Machine-learning techniques have then been applied to this seemingly insurmountable volume of data, to distill structured insights from the information amassed, and examine its evolution alongside the urban village phenomenon itself. against the far wall, single distilled insights are projected one at a time, offering a potential window into understanding the collected research and

opinions of thousands of writers.


STUDIO X (RURAL CHINA LAB) and ONE ARCHITECTURE

The Rural China Lab is a multi-year research venture organized by Travis Bunt and Tat Lam for Columbia University’s Studio X Platform, focusing on informal development models in China. This year’s urban village project was developed in collaboration with Danil Nagy of Columbia University GSAPP, GSAPP students, and the Dutch planning and design firm One Architecture.