Holiday Greetings from Design Trust
As we approach 2020, the Design Trust team is reflecting on this year’s incredible journey including the DESIGN TRUST FUTURES STUDIO flagship programme ‘Heritage is Innovation’ with design objects focused on critical making; the continuous momentum for ‘Play is for the People’ reimagining the role of micro-parks; our collaborations with the RCA in London and the M+ museum in Hong Kong; and the continuous growth of our Seed and Feature Grants. We are pleased and grateful to see our community gather at the Design Trust Auction event this year, and have Archigram’s Sir Peter Cook and Dennis Crompton create a special and visionary installation. We look forward to another stimulating 2020 year ahead.
Design Trust Feature Grant Recipient Cao Fei's Nova, 2019, Video, 109’. Courtesy of the artist and Vitamin Creative Space
Design Trust Call For Grants | 2019 October Grant Recipients
Design Trust 2020 January Grant Application is now open. Share with us your ideas and proposals by 20th January 2020. Congratulations to the October cycle’s Grant Recipients including: Joel Austin & Kwan Q Li (UK/ Hong Kong); OMA Stedebouw and the Guggenheim Museum (Netherlands/ USA); Diego Caro Serrano (Spain/ Hong Kong); Liu He & Long Zou (China); Michael Edward Kokora and team at Object Territories (Hong Kong); Zang Feng and team at People’s Architecture Office (China); and Adam Hudec (Vienna/ Hong Kong).
Applications for the next grant cycle will close on 20th Jan 2020, apply now.
2020 M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship Announcement
M+ and Design Trust are pleased to announce that Jason Lau and the team of Farzin Lotfi-Jam and Mark Wasiuta are the recipients of the M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship 2020. The fellowship supports original research projects that investigate issues relating to design and architecture in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area, and Asia through a transnational lens, aligned with the curatorial interests and activities of M+. Lau’s research will focus on ‘alternative’ designs of mobile phones originating in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area, and Lotfi-Jam and Wasiuta will investigate computational urbanism in Southeast Asia.
Jason Lau and the team of Farzin Lotfi-Jam and Mark Wasiuta are recipients of the M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship 2020.
Design Trust Legacy Award 2019 | Inaugural Honoree Dr. Tao Ho
DESIGN TRUST is pleased to honour the late Dr. Tao Ho as our inaugural recipient of the Design Trust Legacy Award 2019 in recognition of his significant contributions in Hong Kong, Asia and internationally. The Design Trust Legacy Award 2019 trophy is designed by our Design Trust Seed Grant 2017 recipient, emerging architect duo: Paul Tse and Evelyn Ting, and produced by the world renowned Czech glass and lighting brand LASVIT. This year’s award was presented by Design Trust Trustee Dr. Victor Lo, GBM, GBS, JP. The award was accepted by the late Tao Ho’s daughter Ms. Noelle Ho-Lam.
The Design Trust Legacy Award 2019 trophy is designed by our Design Trust Seed Grant 2017 recipients Paul Tse and Evelyn Ting.
Design Trust 2019 | THE ARCHIGRAM CITY
Design Trust collaborates with legendary avant-garde architectural collective Archigram alongside four Design Trust Grantees, dtby_, Hong Kong Design History Network, New Office Works and SKY YUTAKA to bring “The Archigram City” to life in Hong Kong for the annual flagship fundraising auction event Design Trust Gala 2019. Commissioned exclusively for Design Trust, the new installation work and environment was unveiled as a new interactive virtual recreation of their signature portable metropolis environment. Inspired by the work of Archigram, multimedia artist and musician Rosey Chan’s ‘Parallel Narrative’ was also debut at the gala for the first time.
Design Trust Gala 2019 was held on Saturday, 26th October 2019.
Design Trust Grantee Project Featured Stories
As a dynamic platform, Design Trust provides responsive funding to develop design expertise, build research initiatives and content related to Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area region and internationally. Fostering a culture of experimentation, testing and sharing, Design Trust Grant Recipients encompass a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to graphics, media, wearables, architecture to the built environment, actively accelerate creative design and research development of meaningful projects.
‘The Yard of Environmental Sustainability (YES) Pavilion’ by Design Trust Feature Grant recipient Adam Fingrut and team at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Upcoming: 2020 Events Overview
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 this February; 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; amongst other Feature and Seed Grantee sharings and exhibitions in Hong Kong, the region and internationally. 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.
Countryside: Future of the World, a collaboration between the Guggenheim and AMO / Rem Koolhaas, examines radical changes transforming the nonurban landscape and culminates in an exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, opening February 20, 2020. Photo: Pieternel van Velden (Koppert Cress, The Netherlands 2011)
Upcoming: M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship 2019 Public Lecture
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.
2019 recipients of the M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship— Oliver Elser and Yasmin Tri Aryani — will present the results of their research, illustrating the diversity of topics supported by the fellowship programme.
Appreciating Our Community
Since the founding of Design Trust in 2014, we have contributed to areas of creative research, design and development of meaningful projects, grants, public programmes and fellowships. We have also broadened our DESIGN TRUST FUTURES STUDIO flagship programme with new archival practices, research and recently launched ‘Heritage is Innovation’, with site-specific works focused on ‘critical making’ creating new sustainable and material innovations. Our work is only possible with the great support of our community, trustees, advisors, patrons, funding partners, and the designers, mentees and grantees who work tirelessly to produce new knowledge for the energetic and vibrant city of Hong Kong and our region.
DESIGN TRUST DIALOGUE “Rethinking Archives, Designers with a conscience” presentations by Stanley Wong and Michelle Chu, panel discussion moderated by Marisa Yiu.
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