Landscapes of contemporary production
Design workshop. Milan, March 26th – 30th 2014
The dynamics of globalization have prevailed over local technical cultures: this aspect becomes evident when crossing European landscapes whose diversification and complexity, due to their historical and geographical nature, are progressively fading. Areas which do not find their role in the global economy, and as a result specialise, are abandoned. In fact, with the exception of great conurbations – dense in services, infrastructure and facilities – two kinds of landscapes, although sides of the same coin, coexist: the world of hyper-production. In recent decades, this phenomenon has led to the exacerbation of intensive production-related techniques and procedures in the food sector as well as other consumer goods. This has resulted in a stressed territory, subjugated by the laws of natural and social resource exploitation, with little concern for local communities’ interests and ways of life. While searching for a destiny for yesterday’s urban industrial areas and imagining proposals for future places of work, the remains of what made today’s productive processes possible are left abandoned in deserted countrysides.