Slow and speed are no opposites, they react to each other while speed has the most dominant current, they are both present. Which means a high speed development with fast production, can mold with the slow thinking in a more sustainable, socially friendly and qualitative approach of production – and not only limited to production of design products and use of crafts but much much wider in services, architecture, urban and landscape design – further on changing mindsets, economics and social responsibility.
The Project Slow China is looking into the undercurrent of a Slow China next to all high speed developments through dialogue. The Slow China program is a documentation of interviews, writing, documenting photo/audio/film and research documented at slowchina.com _ a series of workshops developed around the notion of slow dialogue with students in Shanghai and a pitch workshop on empowering and activating dialogue. Dialogue, collaboration and mentoring another is for us most important in our design practise. We see a challenging and fruitful future in the combination and collaboration of different design areas (products, craft, architecture, urban planning) and an almost open source use of services being able to applied not only onto China but on different location, products, services and mindsets.