Automated Landscapes

‘Automated Landscapes’ examines a series of work environments at the forefront of automation – from dairy farms and greenhouses to factories and data centers in the Netherlands and China’s Pearl River Delta. Furthering contemporary debate, the book debunks the myth that automation replaces people with machines, revealing that human bodies remain present in assembly and supply lines, albeit performing different tasks and governed by the rhythms of automation. The publication presents the results of the Nieuwe Instituut’s research project ‘Automated Landscapes’, developed in collaboration with the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of TU Delft, Aformal Academy Shenzhen, and the Royal College of Art London.