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Architectural Design

Bangladesh army to end search for disaster bodies

Bangladesh’s army announced on Monday that it was wrapping up its search for bodies following last month’s collapse of a garment factory complex, saying that it now believed a total of 1,127 people were killed.

Tuesday, 14 May, 2013, 2:01am

Intelligent designs: greener thinking

Bennetts Associates is a London-based architecture practice known for its highly sustainable approach to construction and a portfolio that includes theatres, offices, universities, hotels and historic conservation.

10 May 2013 - 7:32am

Collapsed Bangladesh building not 'designed' for factory-use, says architect

Masood Reza, a leading Bangladesh architect and a professor at a state-run university, said he felt “pain and anguish” when he saw footage of the garment workers trapped under the pancaked floors, crying desperately for help.

5 May 2013 - 2:43pm 1 comment

World's iconic cities distilled on the mainland

Consume the Western media for any period of time and sooner or later you'll come upon a Funny China Story - reports on the consequences of the mainland's rapid and chaotic economic expansion that are part amused gape, part patronising reflex sneer. 

24 Mar 2013 - 4:39pm

Maggie's Centres offer beauty and dignity to terminally ill

When designer Maggie Keswick Jencks found out that her cancer had spread to her bones, liver and bone marrow, she was sitting in a harshly lit room with her husband, landscape architect and writer Charles Jencks. 

4 Mar 2013 - 10:22am

'Giant cigarettes' in Shaanxi county draw ridicule from fuming netizens

Zhouzhi county, Xian, in central China’s Shaanxi province, is more famous for its kiwi fruit exports than it is for good architecture, let alone landscaping.

Nevertheless, it was the subject of mass ridicule when photos of the county’s newly designed North Gate entrance surfaced on the internet.

29 Nov 2012 - 4:01pm

It's not big, but it is clever

Savvy and surprisingly stylish space-saving ideas turned a 440 sq ft apartment into a haven of luxury.

17 Nov 2012 - 11:13pm

Flexibility fires furniture firm's success

Cindy Kan points to three key factors - functionality, flexibility and quality of craftsmanship - to explain how Zense's made-to-order furniture has been able to attract so much interest in Hong Kong.

7 Sep 2012 - 11:01am

Designs on future of business

Design products, systems and thinking are changing the business world, providing vast opportunities for those involved in the field. At the helm of the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) since 2010, executive director Dr Edmund Lee Tak-yue has witnessed the growing dominance of innovations and designs in our society.

23 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

A kind of MADness

Effortlessly stylish in a simple black shirt and jeans, Ma Yansong sits cradling a cup of tea with a pack of flu medicine nearby. He has just returned to his office, in the heart of a complex of thin ancient alleyways in Beijing, from a work trip to France, and looks tired; like someone who simply doesn't have enough hours in the day to accomplish all the things he would like to.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

'Inno-design' course for leaders

As a concrete step to improve design management and innovation, Hong Kong Design Centre is introducing a brand-new executive education course.

2 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Bringing history into focus

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) are co-organising a series of 'The Terracotta Warrior Inspired Design' public art programmes to promote the department's 'The Majesty of All Under Heaven -The Eternal Realm of China's First Emperor' exhibition.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Design File

Who is he?

Thomas Coldefy is an award-winning French architect whose company, Coldefy & Associes, Architectes Urbanistes, won an international competition to design the Hong Kong Design Institute building, which opened in Tiu Keng Leng last November. He recently opened an office in Sheung Wan.

What drew you to architecture as a career?

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Flickers of creativity

As part of this year's Business of Design Week, the Inno Design Tech Expo showcased the latest product designs in green and sustainable development. Four junior reporters got a chance to go on a tour of the expo. They also took part in a candleholder-making workshop conducted by the Hong Kong Design Institute.

Jay Lee Seung-jae

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Sophie Thomas

Who is she? Sophie Thomas is the founding director of Britain-based communication design company thomas.matthews. She is also co-founder of Three Trees Don't Make a Forest, a social enterprise set up to educate and inspire communication designers, and Greengaged, a sustainable-design events and networking organisation.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am