Design Trust 2021 April Grant Application is now open. Share with us your ideas and proposals by 20th April 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. We are also pleased to announce the Grant Recipients from the 2021 February cycle.
2021 February Cycle Feature Grant Recipient
"UnitHome Project" by Tat Lam is a collaborative project by many domain experts in Hong Kong, led by Dream Impact and CUHK School of Architecture, aiming at resolving the Subdivided Unit (SDU) Housing problem in urban poverty in the context of Hong Kong. In 2020, the team developed the ‘gamification’ strategy turning complicated knowledge about housing financing schemes, co-living conflict resolutions, and strategies to exit poverty into user-friendly games. They propose to further develop the game, adapting APP software to support the game experience and create a train-the-trainer curriculum, in response to the numerous requests from organizations who are willing to adopt this methodology in their practice after they piloted the initial design in 2020. Meanwhile, NGO can benefit from the games and be equipped with the ability to conduct workshops with SDU residents. The proposal aims to provide alternative community tools for NGO staff in their everyday practice.
2021 February Cycle Seed Grant Recipients
“The Neon Girl” by Karen Chan Ka Lun is a cross-cultural neon light design, study and practice project that reaches 3 generations, 6 countries, and 2 genders. As the only female neon light designer and practitioner in Hong Kong, Chan investigates and incorporates new technology in her design, and produces 6 new distinctive pieces with 6 different neon light masters around the world in her project. Targeted at enhancing female empowerment in the male-dominant neon light production industry, Chan will demonstrate the geographical, cultural and economic impact of neon light design and its production through her attempt to work with the new media and technology, giving new meanings to neon light design. For her, heritage preservation does not just stop at a sifu’s (master) passing on the technical skills of neon-light-making, but the continuation of the craft from the cultural and historical perspectives, as well as how it eventually shapes our streetscape.