Design Trust 2021 July Grant Application is now open. Share with us your ideas and proposals by 20th July 2021. Design Trust offers grants to designers, curators, collectives and non-profit organisations for project proposals that are relevant to the context and content of Hong Kong and the region.
2021 April Cycle Feature Grant Recipient
“Hong Kong Soil” by Niko Leung and Loky Leung is a project that explores the technical and cultural opportunities of recycling & reusing discarded soil from construction sites, not only from the intention to minimise environmental burden but also through deep research and experimentations, to manifest qualities of this material that would be valuable to our city. In Hong Kong excavated soil from the construction industry is disposed of infill banks as waste material, where a fraction is being recycled and a large amount being discharged to the Mainland for reuse. The project examines new possibilities for the Earth by reinterpreting the vernacular in new ways
2021 April Cycle Seed Grant Recipients
“Been Living Here… (An Archive on Local Settlements)” by Chi Ho Chung and his team - An archive of ordinary lives in self-constructed settlements of Hong Kong from the perception of the inhabitants. The project aims to preserve, reassemble and rediscover the informal urban design of the local village neighbourhoods. The relationships of land and people were ever-changing towards a harmonious order of living. Houses are shaped and grown with their occupants over time, and developed in a fundamental way of living, and survival upon scarce resources. As one of their research objects, Ma Shi Po is a farming village in the north-eastern part of Fanling in the New Territories, where most of the families make a living by farming.
“Tomorrow Textile Lab” by Kay Wong – is a proposal and textile laboratory that helps individuals, fashion brands, and companies to redesign and repurpose their cast-offs, surplus, and off-season garments. This project aims to produce a tangible solution to the textile waste crisis, by utilizing a new needle punching technique and machine, that can felt and merge different fibres into a new hybrid material within a short time, examining circular production by giving new life to textile waste, offering a tangible and creative solution to the crisis we face today. The team will conduct community workshops alongside experimental works.
“Street View, People's Architecture Office 2010-2020” by Zhe He and his team from People’s Architecture Office (PAO) is a publication chronicling social change from the vantage point of PAO’s works and the streets of contemporary China between 2010-2020. In the background of a society striving for a better life while confronting ever greater uncertainty, PAO’s design approach is optimistic in its humanist ideals while grounded in its connection to street life. This book presents everyday situations that inspire, and are triggered by, the work of PAO in the form of photography, drawings, writings, and built projects. Interwoven through the book are essays by diverse contributors from across disciplines, offering alternative views on the transformation of China, and its relationship to contemporary discourse.
Feature Grant Highlight