Letters | How Hong Kong can become a centre of art and cultural exchange between China and the West
- The city needs ‘smart enough’ governance to not stifle innovation, overarching policy vision and planning, and more investment across the public and private sectors
Even small designs can have a big impact, as championed in Britain by Prince Charles and former Apple designer Jony Ive in the new Terra Carta Design Lab initiative, which will invite some of the world’s most talented design students to design high-impact, low-cost solutions for nature, people and the planet.
It needs “smart enough” governance to not stifle innovation, and system leadership to foster an appreciation of the arts, elevate design and scale up impact.
City prosperity, as advocated by American professor Richard Florida, is driven by a thriving creative class of knowledge workers, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, artists, designers, entertainers and professionals in business, education, health care and law. The development of the creative industry and art tech will benefit from overarching planning, funding and resource coordination, talent development, cross-disciplinary collaboration and public-private partnership.
To tackle its complex challenges, the city is in dire need of creative problem-solving, funding models and programme innovations that will support design research and expedite co-design, testing and scaling of people-centred solutions. Traditional and applied education and applied research should meet the changing needs of business, industry and society too. In the face of new prospects and challenges, only those with innovation agility and creative confidence will prevail.
Dr Edmund Lee, former executive director, Hong Kong Design Centre