Upcoming: 2020 Events Overview

19. 12. 2019

Design Trust fosters cross-disciplinary projects and engages with the public through a series of public lectures, design installations, and interactive symposiums working with our grant recipients and partners. Our upcoming 2020 programme highlights include Design Trust Feature Grant Recipient OMA Stedebouw and the Guggenheim Museum’s ‘Countryside, The Future’ Exhibition in New York; M+ / Design Trust Research Fellow 2019 Yasmin Tri Aryani and Oliver Elser’s public lecture at St. Stephen’s College, Hong Kong; Design Trust Feature Grant Recipient Cao Fei’s exhibition ‘Blueprints’ at Serpentine Gallery, London; Design Trust Feature Grant Recipient People’s Architecture Office’s exhibition at Design Society, Shekou; and Design Trust Feature Grant Recipient Clare Miflin’s ‘Zero Waste Design Guidelines for High Density Cities’ sharing in Hong Kong and New York, amongst others. The events explore critical contemporary topics of relevance with an aim to encourage interaction, exchange and discussion with visionary participants, designers, scholars and other stakeholders on a public outreach level. For more details, please stay tuned on our social media platforms and website announcements.

Countryside: Future of the World, a collaboration between the Guggenheim and AMO / Rem Koolhaas. Photo: Pieternel van Velden (Koppert Cress, The Netherlands 2011)

‘Countryside, The Future’ Exhibition at Guggenheim Museum, New York
By Design Trust Feature Grant Recipients OMA Stedebouw
Date: 20 February 2020 (Thursday) – 20 August 2020 (Thursday)
Venue: The Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128, United States

‘Countryside, The Future’ is an exhibition that addresses urgent environmental, political, and socio economic issues through the lens of architect and urbanist Rem Koolhaas and AMO, the think tank of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). A unique exhibition for the Guggenheim rotunda, ‘Countryside, The Future’ will explore radical changes in the vast non-urban areas of Earth with an immersive installation premised on original research. The project extends investigative work already underway by AMO, Koolhaas, and students at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design; the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing; Wageningen University, Netherlands; and the University of Nairobi.

The exhibition will explore artificial intelligence and automation, the effects of genetic experimentation, political radicalization, global warming, mass and micro migration, large-scale territorial management, human-animal ecosystems, subsidies and tax incentives, the impact of the digital on the physical world, and other developments that are altering landscapes across the globe.


Special Room Block, St. Stephen’s College, Hong Kong, 1980, designed by Dr. Tao Ho.
Photo: Joint Publishing, circa 1989

M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship 2019 Public Lecture
With Yasmin Tri Aryani and Oliver Elser
Date: 29 February 2020 (Saturday)
Time: 3–6 pm
Venue: Tang Shiu Kin Hall, St. Stephen’s College (22 Tung Tau Wan Road, Stanley, Hong Kong)
More details here

2019 M+ / Design Trust Research Fellows — Oliver Elser and Yasmin Tri Aryani — will present the results of their research, illustrating the diversity of topics supported by the fellowship programme. Oliver Elser will look into Brutalist architecture in Hong Kong. Through juxtaposing buildings in Hong Kong with those in Mainland China and Taiwan, he attempts to unveil the cultural implications of Brutalism, especially within the realm of architectural discourse of the 1960s and 70s. Yasmin Tri Aryani will introduce the finding of how indigenous architecture has been instrumentalised in representing national identity, in relation to ethnic majorities and minorities in the country.


Cao Fei, Nova, 2019, Video, 109’. Courtesy the artist and Vitamin Creative Space

CAO FEI: BLUEPRINTS Exhibition at Serpentine Gallery, London
By Design Trust Feature Grant Recipient Serpentine Galleries
Date: 4 March 2020 (Wednesday) –17 May 2020 (Tuesday)
Venue: Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London. W2 3XA, UK

Cao Fei is a multimedia artist and filmmaker based in Beijing. Video, digital media, photography and objects all play a role in the artist's engagement with an age of rapid technological development. The Serpentine Galleries exhibition will bring together new and existing works in an immersive, site-specific installation, expanding the themes of automation, virtuality and technology that Cao Fei continuously draws upon. Cao Fei's work is underpinned by an ongoing exploration of virtuality, how it has radically altered our perception of self and changed the way we understand reality. Cao Fei navigates these complex realities with the unique possibilities of technology in order to shape a collective future.


‘Social Design: Learning at Play’ Exhibition at Design Society, Shekou
By Design Trust Seed Grant Recipients Zang Feng and team at People’s Architecture Office, and workshops in collaboration with More than Architect
Date: 23 November 2019 (Saturday) - 23 February 2020 (Sunday)
Venue: Sea World Culture and Arts Center, 1187 Wanghai Road, Shekou, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China


Shanzhai Sonata’ Premiere at 2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture 'Eyes of the City'
By Design Trust Seed Grant Recipients Gleb Papyshev and team at Presense
Date: February 2020
Venue: Shenzhen, China
Details to be confirmed


“Zero Waste Design Guidelines for High Density Cities
By Design Trust Feature Grant Recipient Clare Miflin
Date: February 2020
Venue: Business Environment Council, Hong Kong, and Center for Architecture, New York
Details to be confirmed