Xinguang | international Open Source Village

In DESIGN, MAKERSPACE, SHENZHEN

Open Source Village Background

Open Source Village Workshop is the project that Future+ Academy and SZOIL originally started together, aiming at the developing rural area through Internet and Maker technology. Located in Xinguang Village, Huizhou, the workshop has gone 2 phases and made a difference to Xinguang. The project is moving on and our exploration of Open Source Village keeps going

Recently many have begun to look for ways to improve and invest in rural areas. But many are reflections of the historical views of these areas – focused on agricultural, rustic environments as tourism potentials, and all upgraded with better road and rail infrastructure. But what if we seek new ways of investing and new forms of infrastructure? We focus on bridging the cities and the rural area with Internet sharing, open source hardware, and digital fabrication that made popular with the Maker movement over the past decade.

We can insert a Fablab with the facilities to generate smart objects, furnitures, etc and provides high speed links to the repositories of open knowledge and open source projects that have been generated around the world such as POC21,Wikihouse, and etc to bring the latest innovation in open source living to the rural environments.

Open Source Village Phase 1

The workshop phase 1 was the beginning. It went through brainstorming, site research and proposal finalising. In the end, the team came up with the “Water-Tech Future Village” idea.

Combining participants’ ideas and present facts about Xinguang village, we came up with this water-tech village idea. Based on its location in PRD, linking both Huizhou and Shenzhen, having easy access to Dongjiang river and reservoir, we want to build up this new village from water, agriculture and technology/culture this 3 aspects.

The worshop phase 1 ended soon. It can’t be denied that there is much space for improvement in terms of research process, project development and final outcome. Within this experiment, open source village needs more courageous trail and worldwide surpport. What we want to do is to link the world resources through Internet and create a future village. Hopefully, it will become a new village model that people can copy in other rural areas.



Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab (SZOIL), established by SIDA and Maker Collider,is a space and platform for worldwide makers to communicate and cooperate. SZOIL is also the first Fab Lab in Shenzhen authorized by MIT CBA as a research and development partner of FabLab 2.0.

SZOIL embodies four functions including Fab Lab promotion and FabLab 2.0 research and development, innovation and entrepreneur education courses for makers, global maker service platform, and industry chain collaboration service. The lab dedicates in exploring the issues and developing solutions to connect the massive production ecosystem to small hardware startups so as to promote the international standing of Shenzhen in the development of digital intelligent hardware and manufacturing and build a future intelligent hardware Silicon Valley by combining new open source method and current manufacturing system in Shenzhen.

We are the first independent academy for urbanism, landscape, & public art in China. Our pedagogy emerges from the open innovation ecosystems of Shenzhen. The methodology of the PRD means designs and the city is made fast, tested and evolved. Traditional urbanism was about order; we embrace the unpredictable and the messy. This allows us to form a place for rapid response urban learning. We mine the gaps of the city to identify integral points for action. Our focus is not to instill a dogma but to facilitate individual’s learning ambitions. FUTURE+ is a hybrid research institute, think tank, and experimental laboratory. We have been formed by many of the same folks that set up and run the Shenzhen/Hong Kong Urbanism/Architecture Biennale and the Shenzhen Center for Design.

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