Lucitopia Waste Innovation Lab

THE CHALLENGE

How might we ecologically revitalize rural life in Zixi Qingliangshan?

EXPLORING ZIXI QINGLIANGSHAN
KEY OBSERVATIONS

Aging population

Young generation is moving to the city for education or work, sending money to build new houses for parents.

Loneliness

The older generation is left behind in the rural area, being lonely and isolated.

Missing kids

The entire area is bereft of kids, as there are no schools in the area. They go to the cities with their parents.

Abandoned infrastructure

There are good mixed-use streets, but inadequate public transport. People use private vehicles. Public infrastructure is abandoned.
RESOURCES
USERS

LI FANG 李芳

78 year old retired widow

WISE
CARING
LONELY
WELCOMING

“I want to spend more time with my grandkids. It’s difficult for me to go to the market or town to buy stuff. I miss my husband.”

ZHANG HAI 张海

42 year old bamboo craftsman

SMART
HARD-WORKING
SKILLFUL
INNOVATIVE

“I would like to see my son more often. Family is most important. I work hard so my children have a better life.”

LIN FEIFEI 李菲菲

32 year old business owner

STRATEGIC
INDEPENDENT
PERSUASIVE
OPEN-MINDED

“I’m looking for new opportunities. How can I balance work and health? I need more stability in my life.”
WE NEED TO...
Revitalize local life to bring in more residents
Enhance knowledge
Generate revenue to build and improve infrastructure
Create jobs locally
THE IDEA

Close the resource loop by fostering innovation of leftovers and discovering new use-cases

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