Alibaba Jiangnan Megalopolis: A Sustainable Dystopia
Alibaba is China’s equivalent of the Amazon, and Jiangnan is the traditional name of the Yangtze River Delta (YRD). For this project, Alibaba Jiangnan Megalopolis (AJM) is a fictional region I imagined in the year 2050 and is located in the YRD region. The project is inspired by the Shanghai lockdown at the beginning of 2022, which then spread throughout the country. Therefore, the project is not a pure architectural design for the future but an exploration that uses architecture as a medium to make a social critique of the contemporary world.
AJM is a place where the power structure of the Jiangnan region has shifted from a more traditional CCP government to a private giant corporation, the Alibaba Group. In AJM, the citizens are divided into 6 levels, and by completing their KPI, they are able to move up the levels, with higher levels having more privileges. The majority of the population is less than 40 years old to maintain the high rate of productivity, and citizens of levels 1-5 who are not physically up to standard will be expelled. AI manages the society with the assistance of humans, and every citizen must obey the optimal solution calculated by the AI.