Design Trust Futures Studio makes visible the processes and positive role of design in the culture of contemporary design and production. The programme stems from a project-studio concept that promotes life-long collaborations through a mentor-mentee programme. Experts from different fields have been contributing to the mentor-mentee teams in the exploration of materials and production, putting forth the positive value of design of public spaces in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area and internationally.
As an extension of last year’s inaugural Design Trust Futures Studio, the 2018 theme for Futures Studio is “PLAY IS FOR THE PEOPLE”. Tackling and promoting the ideas of innovation, leisure and play, which creates meaning from the people, for the people with human factors, ergonomics and physical designs in play. Four practical yet playful micro-parks will be realized in four different locations around Hong Kong.
The designer-mentee teams conducted several site visits and research in their individual sites. They engaged the local residents, families and children as well as different public and private agencies in order to gain understanding of the local communities’ needs.