DESIGN HOP

Looking back at 2014, Design Hop was again one of the most dynamic and interactive sections of Beijing Design Week (BJDW) with a total of 362 projects by 200 international organizations and designers from 30 countries. Spread across 7 municipal districts, Design HOP is a city-wide program of exhibitions, installations, pop-ups, workshops, seminars, and lectures that activates a contextualized dialogue between iconic areas of the Chinese capital and creative initiatives envisioning new meanings for the public role of design in generating a contemporary urbanity. As an open and inclusive platform, Design HOP has grown over the years into a living ecosystem of productive relations among various stakeholders, from government planners to public and private organizations as well as individual entrepreneurs, engaging the city as a test-site, both questioning and empowering the dynamism between formal and informal forces that shape its survival.

From historic districts to artistic villages, creative clusters or commercial areas, Design HOP programs are devised to give expression to this transformational landscape of experiments and ideas carried through design discourse and practice, from industry to academic and educational sectors. A navigational tool pacing the beat of the urban habitat, Design HOP offers thematic driven explorations of the spatial and socio-cultural life of the city by celebrating design as a collective performance of adaptive and dispositional nature.

Coming to its 5th edition, BJDW 2015 keeps on broadening its territorial and conceptual expanse, further addressing the contextual challenges of nurturing and developing specific tools, products, skill-sets and research environments that meet the needs of contemporary China, as a test-bed for long-lasting visions that can produce far-reaching impact on global scenarios.

The 2015 Design HOP program places an emphasis on collaborative ventures and communal engagement with an interest in projects supplying new services, spaces and offerings inspired by the city, thus reinforcing its positioning as an experiential platform through which a diversified range and scale of design operations are activated via public fruition.

Each area will feature a thematically-driven core of projects made resonant across its spatial and infrastructural givens. From the future of housing and smart ecosystems, urban acupuncture and ‘craft architecture’, to the impact of emerging tech on fast changing urban demographics and lifestyles.

Design HOP is an incubator that explores the widening economic and cultural implications of what ‘designing for China’ means today and tomorrow, and how local creative entrepreneurship is radically changing the significance of design for the 21st century city.
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