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Material production - Field Practice of Zini Sugar Refinery, Panyu-Zini Sugar Refinery(LIU Qingyuan, LU Haifeng, ZENG Peng, YAO Wenjun ZENG Muchuan, and GUAN Kangkang)+TAN Hongyu

2015.11.19

We all are producers of materials and we all are creation of life.

Located in the intersection of the three areas of Guangzhou, Panyu and Shunde, Zini Sugar Refinery was completed and put into operation in 1953 and has had a history of 58 years. The creative park Zini Hall is developed in the former address of Zini Sugar Refinery. The team that has participated in the construction of the project is not only a production practice organization but also a study group focusing on the subject of sustainability.

Zini Hall has been lucky to survive developers’ diggers that have run over old buildings in several rounds of renovation projects and remained in a buffer zone in the rapid urbanization process. Artisans who were well aware of the land attracted and gathered those who shared the similar interests. Together, they bring back to life the spirit of creation in the industrial ruin. Zini Hall has now become a practice space where people are directly presented with the beauty and aesthetics in daily living. Artisans are here to find ways to pass on and further develop traditional skills; on the other hand, they aim to create a perceptible space that is integrated into its surrounding.

It is undeniable that in the coming years, industrialized production methods will be added to the previously rather independent artistic and cultural aspects, which can be too complicated and diverse for us to judge the pros and cons. Therefore, we have no choice but to engage ourselves in practices – we spent much more time talking about the roles of artisans than the nature of craftsmanship. Reflecting on our work helps consolidate our knowledge.