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Urbanism and Space

Usually, the landscape of a place is what comes up to mind at the mention of a city. Land planners who employ conventional British colonial designs normally would divide a piece of land into two halves and put up buildings closely on both sides of the main street, by which gaps among buildings form narrow and long back alleys. These back alleys persist these days, not only are they the gathering spots for marginalised communities, but the narrow land parcel also preserve a social feature for city’s side streets.
In this episode, we will focus on the discussion of architecture and urban space, through which we will also analyse city scenes such as city hall, stairs, and back alleys, and inquire into how they showcase the folk wisdom in design.

Everyday Design (English Version)

“Everyday Design”

“Design is a virtue,” said Kenya HARA, a Japanese designer.

Design products are neither “commodities” nor “trendy items”, they shall be approachable same as a designer which is not an unusual profession. Design should be a virtue, such as social ethics and manners that everyone can talk about with ease, which exists in our daily lives and effects everyone silently.

Modern people are accustomed to the globalised consumption patterns in line with the uniform standards set by big enterprises, thus dwindles the room of survival for small-medium sized regional products, hence the decline of the exclusive regional craftsmanship and cultures. In this light, are there any brilliant designs in Hong Kong that only belong to us?

In “Everyday Design”, a myriad of design products from every nook and cranny of the city will be explored under different themes in pursuit of excellent designs.
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