Join Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) and Ravensbourne University London for Urban Futures, an online exhibition that explores creative responses to the challenges of urban development.

HKDI Joint symposium: Urban Futures: People. Communications. Architecture and Island Peripheries– Towards a people-centric architecture and pluralistic urban communities had taken place during SPARK 2021. To revisit the event, view the recording here:

Date Time Event Recording
21 October 2021 (Thursday) 18.30 – 20.00 (HKT)

HKDI Joint symposium: Urban Futures: People. Communications. Architecture and Island Peripheries– Towards a people-centric architecture and pluralistic urban communities

View the recording here

10.30 – 12.00 (UKT)

About Urban Futures: People · Communications · Architecture 

In 2020, as part of HKDI’s “Global Design Studio” scheme, HKDI joined hands with Ravensbourne University London (Ravensbourne) on an international collaborative student project known as Urban Futures: People · Communications · Architecture. In this exchange project, students explored how complex issues of urban change could be made tangible through cross-continental exchange of research and studio practice, disciplines between the Communication Design and Architectural Design disciplines.   

Both Hong Kong and UK students worked on the same brief but two different gentrified locations: taking an area of 350 x 350 metres in Sham Shui Po district of Hong Kong and Hackney Wick area of London, exploring its interaction between people, communications and architecture, and developing solutions on how the verbal, graphic, and architectural languages interact to create narratives about people’s ways of life.  

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Sham Shui Po 

Sham Shui Po is one of the most dynamic and eclectic districts in Hong Kong facing potential redevelopment and gentrification problems. How might we evaluate and respond and provide a haven for the locals of Hong Kong while propelling into the future? 14 students from HKDI underwent a series of in depth mapping exercises and consequently propose an intervention of a small artist village for the locals of Hong Kong. 

3 project themes under Sham Shui Po 

Interventions (PDF) 

Stories (PDF) 

Memories (PDF) 

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Hackney Wick 

Hackney Wick situated within the London Borough of Hackney, Hackney Wick has an industrial past dating back to the 19th and early 20th centuries. It was once characterised by large scale factory yards and wharves sitting alongside residential terraces within a distinctive urban grain, and still enjoys the highest concentration of artist studios in Europe. It is bounded by infrastructure such as roads, railways, waterways and greenways which forms its insular character. 

2 project themes 

Sustaining Identities - Producing Nature (PDF) 

Sustaining Identities - Crafting Communities (PDF) 

Type of event: Online exhibition  

Platform: Website and Microsoft TEAMS (symposium)  

Age advice: All age groups  

Accessible features: Subtitles in Chinese for the symposium, which is in English.   

About the Symposium 

Cities worldwide of different cultural backgrounds face similar issues – dealing with aging districts, over population, climate change and gentrification. How can communities be engaged and be benefitted in order to sustain. What are the means of social engagement through design, to identify and tackle the problems in urbanity? Watch our symposium hosted by academics from HKDI and the University of Lincoln in UK. 

About Hong Kong Design Institute 

Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) has established partnerships with over 40 universities and design institutions from around the world, to enrich students' learning experience. The diverse collaborative projects with our overseas academic partners prepare our students to face the world’s interconnected, global challenges while cultivating their international, multi-faceted perspectives and approaches, and understanding of ever-changing global issues.