2020 April Cycle Seed Grant Recipients: Zheng Qiu and his team at DEMO Studio aims to provide solution references for traditional small household appliance-manufacturing businesses in Beijiao, Foshan through product and brand transformation. Focusing on how industrial design and a design-driven process can be effective approaches to helping the local manufacturing industry of small household electrical appliances. Zheng Qiu’s project will dive into the challenges and opportunities for these local enterprises, studying their potentials and proposing revised and referential proposals that allow the design industry, manufacturers and suppliers in the Greater Bay Area to work collaboratively and efficiently.
Maggie Chan Tsz Wai and her team at Ground Rule Studio’s came up with the Waste Made Wonderful project, an environmental initiative that addresses Hong Kong's landfill problem and looks to fill the gap in the market that lacks readily available eco-conscious raw materials. The initiative is launched to create broader awareness of eco-conscious material substitutes for use for a range of creative industries, and bring attention to the different waste streams created in Hong Kong’s daily lives and the detrimental impact it leaves. Through collaborative exchanges, exhibits and workshops to the general public, this initiative will encourage designers to become more eco-conscious in their material choices and inform the public of their consumer choices, while actively seeking new environmentally-friendly substitutes for product creations.
Studio Florian and Christine’s Tactile Light Textile is a series of smart textiles that explores the preservation of traditional craft, specifically Chinese embroidery, whilst infusing innovative technologies, like LEDs, sensors and 3D knitting, that results in a questioning of the value of traditional craft in modern technology and design. The creation involves collaborating with Hong Kong embroiderers and textile artisans, while the modern aspect involves working with LED lighting, wiring systems and motion sensors. The duo has been actively learning about Hong Kong’s heritage craft for the past two years, and the intention to create such “hybrid crafts”--the fusion of technology with traditional crafts, prompts an understanding of how age-old skills can be preserved for the future, and its potential to be realised in a different form. Exploring the future of lighting, Florian and Christine focuses on how heritage craft can play an active role, working alongside craftsmen and the creative network in Hong Kong.
Enrique Moya-Angeler and Lee Man Pan, CP’s project, named “Mr. Tschumi, have you seen follies in Hong Kong? A physical archive of the ventilation shafts of the MTR infrastructure”, aims to reveal and document the ventilation shafts of Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR), the project also aims to extend its reach to Shenzhen railway system (Line 1). Inspired by the ventilation structure that sits in front of the Western Market, Enrique’s study seeks to give visibility, educate, and build a valuable virtual archive of these structures that he sees as physical and architectural milestones besides their principal purpose as ventilators. The research process will involve a physical survey to determine the tectonic, structure, construction materials, dimensions, colours, and physical situation of these ventilator shafts. The final objective of this project is to document, catalogue and map, culminating in a model-base exhibition. The name of the project alludes to the Villette Park in Paris, which was designed by Swiss-French architect Bernard Tschumi in the 80s. Drawing parallels between its iconic follies, which serves as direction references, and MTR ventilation shafts, it prompts questions on the architectural or heritage value of such structures in an urban landscape.