TEAM: Zheng Cui, Siyang Yu – Chinese – Harvard and Upenn

China is expecting 1 billion people living in cities by 2030. To transform half a billion people from rural villagers to urban residents in the next three decades will require a colossal amount of investment in urban infrastructure and real estate. Meanwhile, with the rapid growth of economy, especially e-commerce, mega packing centers and large manufacture & supplier centers are mushrooming in urban area, grabbing lands resources, and bringing environmental pollutions. Flying Factory is trying to resolve this conflict.

The factory is lifted by drones, big and small, powered by solar system, with great mobility and zero land coverage. Products are assembled by working robots and delivered by smart drones, through online orders. Entire factory could move to certain locations at different times, such as city center during day time, and suburban residential area at night. People at office or home will get their packages in minutes.



TEAM: Julien Nolin – Canadian – Royal Danish Institute of Fine Arts, School of Architecture

Manufacturing an Architecture of Pleasure

Amazonia Pier is a phantasmagorical critique of the industrial presence of Free Trade Zones, the result of globalisation, where large foreign industries take advantage of cheap taxes and even cheaper labor costs to produce their goods, by placing their factories in less wealthy countries and cities such as Manaus, Brazil in this case. In the process of displacing factories to far away places, the consumer is even further removed form the product and its production process.

This new industrial park challenges the relationship of the consumer versus the consumed and intertwines the former into the latter’s production process, hybridizing the mechanical manufacturing processes of industry with the mechanics of amusement rides, juxtaposing themes of consumerism, manufacturing, tourism and pleasure.

In this industrial park, the patron becomes an essential part, even a dependant one, of the manufacturing process while riding the attractions of the park.

The narrative of the goods being produced and that of the patron/producer are intertwined, challenging the two’s relationship to each other during the making process but also during that of consumption. In that sense Amazonia Pier not only critiques large industry and the role it plays in foreign places, but also the role the consumer has in the same spectacle of consumption.



TEAM: Aldrich CHOY (Singaporean), Allan CHONG (Hong Kong Chinese), Chad SEAH (Singaporean), Frances LAI (Singaporean)

The Cradle Festival is arriving to your city park near you!

London – 1st January

Manchester – 1st March

Newcastle – 1st May

Edinburgh – 1st July

An annual event where you will also be able to catch these unmanned drone factories in action, extracting minerals and materials before manufacturing at the locations listed below.

Kielder Forest         – 1st February

Hemerdon Mine    – 1st April

Stonebury Farm     – 1st June

Invite your family and friends over to the annual Cradle Festival where products are manufactured in front of your eyes using the most advanced CNC robots on deck!


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