"In this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes." Benjamin Franklin's truism may be depressing but if it's unavoidable then the concept of death - and really, who'd want to celebrate taxes? - with all its accompanying rituals and beliefs, perhaps merits greater understanding.

Organised by the Hong Kong Design Institute, "Design. Living & Dying" is a pop-up showcase that aims to promote discussion about life and death.

The interactive exhibition is divided into four parts: life stories; life images; death spaces; and death objects. The life section includes a display documenting the stories of 100 elderly Hong Kong residents who have collaborated with Chan Wai-lam (aka William Outcast), the pop-up's co-organiser and a local advocate of "death education". Chan, who suffers from a rare form of skin cancer, made a name for himself last year when he held Hong Kong's first living funeral after having been told on several occasions that he had only six months to live.

The death section, meanwhile, is about coffins: you can learn about their history and explore the differences between Western and Eastern specimens, get up close to a real one and draw up designs for your own.

"We want people to understand death in a more rational and creative way," says Yanki Lee, director of the institute's Design for Social Innovation towards Sustainability Lab.

"Design. Living & Dying" opens on Thursday and runs until Sunday at the institute's Design Boulevard, 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O. There will be a Halloween-themed opening party on Thursday from 6pm to 11pm at the VTC Auditorium, on campus. Entrance is free of charge.