October 11, 2015
This year we were able to bring together two of our favourite things in Beijing – Beijing Design Week and Parkview Green.
Launched in 2009, Beijing Design Week (BJDW) is the largest and most influential platform in Asia for displaying, promoting, and exchanging creative designs. It is a citywide event co-hosted by the Beijing Municipal Government, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Science and Technology, to nurture a culture of design in a Chinese context.
BJDW features hundreds of international exhibitions, public events and trading platforms as the leading design event in the PRC. While offering an expansive overview of China’s transforming design landscape, it serves as a laboratory for innovative perspectives that, from industry to academia, inspire and shape contemporary design discourse and practice.
Parkview Green played host to the exciting Design HOP programme as one of the Core Areas of Beijing Design Week 2015 under the theme of “New Forms of Making”, which explored the latest innovations in sustainability and design technology.
From September 25 – October 7, 2015, international designers, architects, and brands showcased their groundbreaking projects through interactive pop-ups, installations, exhibitions and workshops focused on engaging the public on specific design processes of “making-unmaking-remaking”, exhibiting some of the most innovative creations under the umbrella of the “aMAZE” project.
During the event, members of the public were able to participate in a series of 3D installations curated by Nanjing University, on-site creation enactments, events and exhibitions. Participants could also experience how 3D printing works at a 3D Printing Stations.
We worked with the BJDW team to curate the exciting range of exhibits, the main one as follows:
VULCAN – by LCD
The world’s biggest 3D printed structure, developed through radical new ways of combining 3D printing technology with groundbreaking design techniques and construction methods.
Body Without Organ – by Nanjing University of the Arts
Exploring the potential of reconnecting the body with its complex environments through a series of 3D printed body extensions, including 3D printed wings, a spinal brace, and more.
Deconstructing Living – by Coletivo Amor de Madre
An interactive exhibition that invited visitors to build their own furniture solutions upon their needs of the moment.
HIVE – by Defacto
A 3D Printed pavilion showcasing a series of digitally designed 3D printed objects from the realms of fashion and design.
Vibram x Carmina Campus -by Vibram and Carmina Campus
An installed environment completely made of rubber garbage, showcasing shoes made from recycled Vibram soles.
Beijing Edition – by Made by Mir
A series of pollution-fighting tote bags that fuse fashion and technology to actively neutralise harmful airborne particulates.
Brompton Junction – by Brompton Bicycles
An interactive pop-up workshop featuring on-site making of Brompton Bicycles as well as test rides.
“New Forms of Making” at Parkview Green achieved a Guinness World Record for the world’s biggest 3D printed structure, attained both national and international media acclaim with over 6.8 million in press circulation and RMB 5.6 million in PR value. During Beijing Design Week, the official website received over 3 million unique visitors.