Shanghai 2025

The regeneration of traditional manufacturing block | Feng Xiong (Politecnico di Milano) and Suyao Dong (Wuhan University)
Shanghai City, Cina | 2018



The ongoing shift of industry 4.0 brings the revolution to traditional Chinese manufactury. In 2015, China charted out a 300 billion plan to become nearly self-sufficient by 2025 in a range of important industries. Our thesis aims to find new forms of factory building adapting the industrial technology trends in Chinese developed cities.




Starting with mapping the industrial heritages of Shanghai, we found the site located in old city center which striked us with its surrounding of traditional cultural heritage, and also next to a traditional manufacturing and commercial street, which means the area contains a huge potential in business. The traditional handmade artcrafts used to be a main breadwinner for the local people, but now it becomes just handicraft known by few old folks. So we come up the idea of utilizing the new technology to reactive the traditional artworks, creating new kind of factory blocks mixed with different function of manufacturing, selling, living, shipping and recreation.





Surrounding by the tourism traditional business streets, all the groundfloor is designed to be open with non-stopping walking grid to return the spatial feeling of traditional alley and increase the commercial facade. The inner part is located the open market in which the goods produced inside the blocks can be sold. We take the reference of the fluent space of Aldo Van Eyck, with this flexible and transparent identity , we break the main factory floors to several flowing inner layers so that the process of manufacturing can be an important visual effects in our project to share the knowledge and experience. This main idea are used in the main 4 types of factory units which are combined with different function and space according to the site environment.








About Feng Xiong

He just finished his master degree from Politecnico di Milano and he got his bachelor degree in Wuhan University, China. Being an architect focusing on the new Chinese villages reconstruction is one of his aims in the future. Besides, he is interested in advanced technology related to the architecture.

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