The DESIGN Harvests Hub in Chongming Island, Shanghai has been in operation for eight years and consists of several modules including Design B&B, Rural Creative Activities, Eco-Experience Farm, Creative Agricultural Products, and Natural Creative Classroom. Through eight years of rural practice, the use of design to rekindle rural vitality and create new rural formats has begun to take effect. The Chongming model is still being refined and revised, and the DESIGN Harvests has extended this model to a wider range of villages, creating a small and interconnected new economy, and gradually forming a network to generate more interactions and a new economic model.
We cooperated with the natural creative experience brand “JulyWorkshop” in Xianqiao Village to provide you with various sections such as rural creative activities, ecological experience farms, creative agricultural products, and natural creative classrooms. Advocate the power of "Nature and Design" to help everyone grow into a better self. "JulyWorkshop" has been deeply cultivated in Xianqiao Village for many years together with "DESIGN Harvests". As a company incubating on the "DESIGN Harvests" platform, we advocate sharing happiness with nature and bringing you more experience and many times the joy.
Since 2016, the “Flow/Flux” project co-ordinated with “Open&Fun Village”, “Shanghai International Culture Association” and “College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University” is another important innovative exploration in the urban and rural areas which is to implant art/design into the countryside, activating rural culture and the economy. Since 2016, the “Artist Residency Program” has been successfully held for two sessions. We invite 5-10 artists from all over the world to come to Xianqiao Village for a 30-day resident in the village. Artists from Iceland, Italy, Britain, France, China Taiwan, China and other places have come here. And after the resident, at the beginning of the next year, we will hold the final Artist Residency Program exhibition in Shanghai.
We renovate the six greenhouses in the village and use one of them to carry out activities to solve the problem of the lack of flexible and open space in the village. In the greenhouse, we try to imagine different business models, including rural knowledge exchange, training, parenting, and pension.
In January 2010, the China-US Center for Sustainable Development approached DESIGN Harvests to lead the design and constrcution coordination of a new sustainable school in Liangping County to replace one damaged in the 2008 earthquake. During the week dirrectly preceding the opening ceremony, DESIGN Harvests led a workshop along with Tongji University involving the Jindai school students and faculty, along with the local community, to facilitate the transition of the school's ecological and social design ideas into real-world practices.
In this project, our aim was to create an exemplary school that respects and interacts with nature, culture, and community through comprehensive yet cost-efficient sustainable methods that are both vernacular and replicable.