Design for Liveability

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“Design for Liveability” - Leading international experts explore ways to make cities liveable during Knowledge of Design Week 2018

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 May, 2018, 3:40pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 May, 2018, 3:40pm

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Every year the global liveability ranking causes a great stir as people reflect on how their home city fares, and what contributes to the quality of life. But what exactly makes a city liveable? How can innovative design transform urban interactions? These will all be addressed in this year’s Knowledge of Design Week (KODW) 2018.

With “Design for Liveability” as this year’s theme, KODW 2018 will be held from June 11 to June 15, featuring 3 forums with case studies, 8 workshops, a special workshop as well as a forum exclusive to CEOs. Interested parties are encouraged to sign up and take part in these important discussions.

Liveability is a pertinent topic for policy makers and innovators today, a multidisciplinary subject that matters to individuals, businesses, organisations and governments. In a city driven by efficiency and governance like Hong Kong, a human-centred design approach offers insights for building empathy, fostering collaborative synergy and driving innovation in all fields.

KODW 2018 will tackle liveability from these different points of views, bringing in renowned innovators and visionaries to share how to make a city liveable, and the impact of design on liveability beyond aesthetics

Notable speakers at KODW 2018

Carlo Ratti, Director, MIT Senseable City Lab and Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati, will talk about how the “Internet of Things” is opening the door to a variety of applications that encompass many domains: from energy to mobility, from production to citizen participation. Prof Ratti is a leading voice in the debate on new technologies’ impact on urban life. His projects–the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel–were hailed by Time Magazine as ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. He has been included in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List: 50 people who will change the world’.

Gene Soo, General Manager, Citymapper (Hong Kong) will discuss Reshaping Commuter Travel Advisory through User Centric Design and Open Data. Having experienced what Citymapper is capable of in London and New York, Soo launched Citymapper’s coverage of Hong Kong in 2015. Since then, Citymapper has become the most complete transport app in Hong Kong.

Alison Friedman, Artistic Director, Performing Arts, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) will talk about Artistic Programming for City Vibe. At the WKCDA she leads the dance, theatre, xiqu, as well as music and outdoor teams of the Performing Arts Department to ensure they are conceptualised, curated and implemented in a forward-looking manner.

Award-winning French botanical artist Patrick Blanc will teach a masterclass on Vertical Garden Design at KODW. Since 1986, Blanc has created about 300 Vertical Gardens around the world. He has worked with world-famous architects including Jean Nouvel, Kazuyo Sejima, Herzog and de Meuron, Tadao Ando, etc. In 2009, his Vertical Garden was listed as “One of 50 Best Inventions of the Year” by Time Magazine.

James Corner, CEO of James Corner Field Operations, will give a presentation on contemporary design approaches toward public spaces. Corner has devoted the past 30 years to advancing the field of urbanism, primarily through his leadership on high-visibility, complex urban projects at Field Operations. Some of his major public realm design projects include New York’s highly-acclaimed High Line, London’s South Park at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront and Shenzhen’s new city of Qianhai.


Forum 1: Vision for Future Cities

The forum will look at the big picture of liveability, exploring new ideas, innovative solutions and bold provocations that shape the liveable cities today and of tomorrow.

The making of liveable cities is increasingly about the design of an urban and innovation ecosystem that connects, activates and transforms the city, people and the environment for quality of life in a holistic way.

From sustainable urban design to vibrant street life, from inclusive community to smart mobility, ‘liveability’ takes many forms and touches almost every area of our lives. It has become increasingly critical to bring diverse sectors and disciplines together, putting the needs, aspirations and the wellbeing of people at the core.


Forum 2: Urban Experience Reimagined

This forum will discuss how urban planners, designers, thinkers and businesses are shaping our cityscape and the ways we understand and reimagine our urban experience.

Urban environments influence the way we live, work, play and connect. The public realm is playing an increasingly important role in improving quality of life. Finding innovative ways to activate public spaces, enrich public life and engage communities through a people-centred approach and design-led solutions is critical.

The transformation should inspire a rethink of policies and new ways to experience the cities in response to the changing lifestyles and values. How businesses embrace today’s healthy lifestyle trends and sustainable consumption also contributes to the making of liveable cities.

Forum 3: Public Sector Innovation

This forum will explore impactful cases that use people-centred design approach for public sector innovations, such as public service design, smart city development, the making of creative economy and city vibe, cultural programming, health and care.

With new technologies and shifting cultures, public sectors and business industries need to change the ways of thinking, collaborating and communicating with stakeholders and the public.

Design is for all. The time has come for all to embrace design thinking, using a people-centred approach to read deep into user insights and to place the needs and aspirations of users and citizens ahead of the administrative needs.

KODW 2018 is organised by the Hong Kong Design Centre and co-organised by Hong Kong Design Institute and PolyU Design, with Create Hong Kong as the major sponsor.


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