Irene, Ka Ming,LEE & Jiazhen Chen (KEN)
In Melbourne, informal barter run online popularly in local and overseas. They reclaimed and deal with ‘unwanted things’ by swapping into ‘want things’. Their strategies, terms and instructions are varying. This informal swapping activity challenges current money economic system. It is out of the boundaries of existing tax and value ratio. Currently, tax and money are the major indicators in values of a product, service or information. The values of visible objects are fluctuated by the time and needs. However, we cannot evaluate immateriality items by money or tax. In this project, we are challenging the current materiality value, but also the immateriality value.
Aristotle said: “People came to the city in order to survive, to live better and stay in the city”
In 2010, there are more than half the human live in urban. By 2030, the world’s urban population is likely to exceed 60%.With the developing of the city; people’s living style tends to a fast-paced. The urban and life become much more heaviness than ever before. Online social network, highly efficiency are emphasised which led less directed conversations and interactions. As a result, physical and mental problems become worse, such as stress, obesity, cancer, etc. The city needs to ‘slow down’. The purpose of this project established a “slow” opportunities for citizens to relax in a fast-paced city.