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  1. The week’s events will be categorized into three ways of exploring the city’s design: first, the “Home Tour” at the Shanghai Exhibition Center, where visitors can see examples of local product design. Then there’s the “City Tour”, which is a walking tour of Shanghai’s creative communities. For this, organizers have prepared a map that details the work spaces, retail areas and cultural sites (mostly located in Jing’an district) that are considered design standouts. Finally, the “Journey” leg of the event ties Shanghai to sister cities that also celebrate design.

    • Date:From Sep 05 until Sep 11, 2013
    • City:Shanghai
    • Venue:Shanghai Exhibition Center
    • Address:1000 Yan’an Zhong Lu, near Tongren Lu
      延安中路1000号, 近铜仁路

    Via CreativeHunt

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  2. Hotel Éclat Beijing and Architect@Work Beijing have announced an exclusive hotel partnership for the forum which will run from the 5th-6th December, 2013. The partnership reflects the partners shared interest in promoting sustainable architecture and interior design. Hotel Éclat Beijing is a part of Parkview Green, an impressive glass and steel structure which was the first integrated commercial project in China to be awarded the LEED Green Building Rating System Platinum certification.

    Hotel Éclat Beijing General Manager Wessel Krauss explained “We are delighted to be partnering with Architect@Work because this important industry event with its focus on cutting edge, environmental design reflects the values of Hotel Éclat Beijing. At Hotel Éclat Beijing we are focused on not only setting a new standard for hotels, but also for sustainable luxury which reflects the values of our guests.”

    The 100-room and suites Hotel Éclat Beijing is nestled within two of the four tower capsules within Parkview Green which was designed by Winston Shu, Principal of Integrated Design Associates (IDA). The Hotel successfully breaks the mould of traditional hotel designs in terms of its use of space and interior design. As soon as guests step inside, they find themselves surrounded by iconic design fused with the largest private collection of contemporary art in China. Home to the largest private Dali art collection in China, artworks by many of China’s leading artists as well as emerging artists greet and intrigue guests on every floor of the property.

    Hotel Éclat Beijing’s design ethic extends to stylish and quirky touches throughout the hotel and in the rooms, which are themselves a sublime statement of comfort and luxury. The spectacular glass structure affords excellent city views and creates a unique and environmentally friendly climate-controlled environment. This design makes possible 365-day-a-year summertime conditions in Deluxe Rooms, Deluxe with Terrace and Deluxe Suites with indoor private pools.

    In-room features include Philippe Stark-designed desk chairs, a Panasonic massage chairs for full relaxation while enjoying 3D movies on 46” TV screens. Other room features include large Bang & Olufsen™ speakers with iPod docks, freshly brewed illy™ coffee and specially selected tea from Revolution™, and toiletries by Miller Harris of London.

    Hotel Éclat Beijing benefits from Parkview Green’s use of innovative environmental technologies and appropriate building materials results in energy usage approx. 50% lower than that for other buildings similar in size. Both internally and externally, Parkview Green applies its environmental protection concept to every detail, primarily in its external appearance, with its ETFE film roofing and transparent glass wall and steel frame structure providing unique levels of energy conservation and environmental protection, and combining to form an independent micro climate and environment. This not only ensures that it is cool in summer and warm in winter, but also provides for optimised climate control system savings.

    Internally, a stable internal micro-circulation system combined with the complex’s chilled water VAV systems and intelligent building management system (BMS) achieve energy usage savings of at least 60%, and as much as 80%. In addition, the development also features the widespread use of water-conservation systems, including not only electronic taps, water-saving sanitary ware, but also low-flow shower facilities; rain water is also filtered and recycled to provide green irrigation, thus improving water usage.

    Parkview Green has also been awarded the 2010 MIPIM Asia Best Green Building Award, and the 2011 FuturArc Green Leadership award for a commercial building.

    For more information and reservations, please visit www.eclathotels.com 

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  3. The site is flat and vast, with the endless ocean view at one side. The “height” and “distance”, consequently, becomes the key factors through the concept generating process. We set up an observatory platform on the roof of the building, where people could enjoy the maximum view of the landscape. The climbing progress from the grade level to the top platform is the indivisible prelude of the entire spatial experience. Starting with a gentle ramp, visitors will go through a preserved gingko grove, before walking into the inner space caring out the architectural volume. After going up along a defined stair space, eventually they arrives the top level, turning around, facing the bondless ocean in the distance.

    Via ArchDaily

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  4. Research from a recent study published in Psychological Science suggests that a messy desk may stimulate creativity and generation of ideas in some people. We’re not sure if this is a chicken-or-egg type of situation — are you creative because your desk is messy, or is your desk messy because you’re a creative type? — but what anyone with a laptop and a brain can tell you is that some settings are simply better for getting those creative juices flowing.

    Whether you’re looking for an alternative workspace to your office, or on the lookout for a regular haunt to base your freelance operations, here are some CH-certified picks of the city’s top creative hangouts for independent working or casual meetings — because sometimes, you just want to take in some coffee in a quiet corner without hearing Taylor Swift sobbing through the stereo. And — take note, starving artists: we’ve thrown in some free public spaces in there, too.

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    * NOW OPEN! Click here to submit your entry *
    The Aid Innovation Challenge aims to find the next big invention that will help those who supply aid products to developing countries around the world.
    All entries must be submitted before 5pm BST on Friday 6th September. Who can enter?
    The Aid Innovation Challenge is open to design agencies and engineering companies and also budding young designers and engineers who are not currently working at a company/organisation. It is a unique chance to pitch life-changing inventions to a panel of experts from the community.
    There will be two categories for the competition:

    • Individuals – Entrants might consist of Design or Engineering students or sole inventors.
    • Businesses – Entrants might consist of design agencies, manufacturers or suppliers of aid products.
    Criteria for Entries
    • The concept must serve the needs of aid relief and either be in current development or have been launched onto the market no earlier than January 2013.
    • Entrants must be over 18 years of age.
    • All entrants must be able to available to attend the show from the 13-14 November 2013 in the event that they are shortlisted.
    Themes
    AidEx is aimed at helping the community improve the delivery of aid, so your concept should take into account the issues facing the sector and look to offer a solution.
    Concepts could include solutions to:
    • Assist water or food aid
    • Provide better medical care, particularly in rural and basic conditions
    • Allow improved sanitation
    • Provide better security
    • Assist efforts to shelter the homeless
    • Enable more people to access education
    N.B: These are only our suggested concepts and should not restrict any other creative ideas you might have that reflect your own knowledge of the humanitarian aid sector and vision of a viable solution. General entry information
    * NOW OPEN - Submit your application by completing the online application form here *
    It is free-of-charge to enter the Aid Innovation Challenge.
    You will need to fill in an entry form, which will be uploaded to this page soon!
    All entries must be submitted before 5pm BST on Friday 6th September.
    Each entrant will be required to send over a design or prototype of their concept as part of their entry.
    The best four inventions will be shortlisted; two from each category. The entrants will be required to attend AidEx from 13-14 November 2013. Shortlisted entrants will be required to create a short video about their concept - discussing the strategy behind it. This will be uploaded onto the AidEx website, as well as other relevant social media platforms prior to the show. Judges
    Entries to the Aid Innovation Challenge will be judged by an expert panel of the most influential people in the humanitarian and development aid sector, including charities and NGOs, designers, engineers and suppliers of aid. The panel of judges is carefully chosen to ensure competition is impartial.

    The judging of the Aid Innovation Challenge takes part in two stages: Stage One: Online entries and long list
    Each judge on the panel reviews submissions from entrants and then vote in a secret ballot – no judge is allowed to see other judges’ scores. The average of the votes is calculated and a shortlist of entrants put together. Stage Two: Shortlisted entrants
    The four shortlisted entrants (two individuals and two companies) will be required to attend AidEx from 13-14 November 2013 to pitch their concept to the panel of judges and live audience. They will each also be given an area in which to display their product for the duration of the show.
    The audience will play an important role in asking entrants questions about their inventions and then the panel will have the final decision, with the winner from each category named at the show. Prizes
    Prizes are determined by category:
    • The best individual entry will win a grant to to develop his/her invention further.
    • The best business entry will win a free 9m2 stand at AidEx 2014
    Eligibility, publication, IP and confidentiality
    Your concept will remain confidential within AidEx unless it is chosen for the shortlist. You may wish to consider the need to put in place a confidentiality and intellectual property agreement for your concept. If you would like to protect your idea then you should do so either once it has been shortlisted or before submission, in the country relevant to your residence.
    The organisers reserve the right to retain entries for subsequent publication. Descriptions of submissions from winners will be published in connection with the competition. Additional benefits
    AidEx will use the official PR agency, Weber Shandwick, to help publicise your entry to visitors in advance of the event. This will take place via the show’s ongoing PR programme, on the show website and in the show guide, in press releases to media and potential journalists visiting the show and through emails to visitors. Contact
    If you have any questions about the Aid Innovation Challenge, which are not answered above please email natalie.turner@centaur.co.uk

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  6. W+ K Shanghai is opening its doors to house small startups culled from the city’s independent creative community, offering free office space, professional resources, mentorship and artistic collaborations. CH takes a look.

    Portland-founded ad agency Wieden + Kennedy — that’s Dan Wieden, of “Just Do It” fame — set up shop in China with a Shanghai office in 2005, assembling a team that is now big enough to span three floors of an industrial-looking building tucked away at the intersection of Changle and Wulumuqi.

    When CreativeHunt stopped by for a recent visit, we saw no less than 100 W+K employees comfortably situated throughout the building. Despite already housing a large staff, last November, W+K freed up some space on its ground floor in order to launch an open office program called W+K+, inviting independent creative professionals to make use of this new collective workspace.

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  7. Sian Zeng’s Summer 2013 collection continues our philosophy of evoking a sense of magic and fun in both kids and adults. This year we have designed new products within our woodlands range, as seen on our critically acclaimed Magnetic Woodlands Wallpaper.
    Flying pigs, frog princes, hidden hedgehogs and miniature buildings emerge from an enchanting landscape of delicate wildflowers to adorn cushions and prints. Our 100% cotton bed linen repeats the pattern of our woodlands wallpaper and fits single beds, perfect for children’s or guest rooms. Our cushions are made from a cotton linen mix, and each design is also available as a giclée print.

    Sian Zeng is an award-winning London-based design company specialising in interior
    accessories and wallpaper. Established in 2009, we have become known for our combination of cutting edge technology with traditional production methods, alongside whimsical and eccentric designs.

    Designed by Sian Zeng

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  8. Pinky Lai Ping is the first Chinese car designer to make a splash internationally.

    The 62-year-old Hongkonger has had a highly successful career in Europe, working as a designer for Ford and BMW before joining Porsche in 1989, where he has remained for 24 years.

    During that time he was responsible for the exterior design of the Porsche 911′s 996 model – first produced in 1996.

    It was the first radical restyling of the 911 since it first rolled off the assembly line in 1963. Lai also designed the exteriors for the Boxster and the Cayman.

    Lai derived his unusual name, Pinky, from his mother. Although he was given the name “Ping” when he was born, she insisted on calling him Pinky and the name has stuck.

    He is the first, by a margin of some 20 years, of three Hong Kong-born designers who have gone on to make an impact with Western carmakers.

    Anthony Lo is now vice-president of exterior design with Renault, while Chelsia Lau is chief designer at Ford’s strategic design concepts group in Shanghai.

    Read the rest of the article at South China Morning Post

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  9. From afar, China seems like an emerging design powerhouse. Every year, more than 10,000 students graduate from the mainland’s 400 design schools. Chinese brands such as home appliance maker Haier and computer manufacturer Lenovo, which produce innovative technologies, are succeeding worldwide.

    Companies are setting aside billions of yuan for research and development over the next several years. But the picture up close is less inspiring, particularly where design skills are honed: at school.

    “I’ve experienced both highs and lows with regard to design – sometimes in the same day, sometimes simultaneously,” says Ben Hughes, who is working at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts.

    Two years ago, he quit his job teaching industrial design at Central Saint Martins in London, moved to Beijing and began working at the academy’s small but emerging school of design.

    “Sometimes [students] can leave me exasperated through their lack of knowledge of design, practical skills and insight, but then the same student can amaze me with some excellent work the following week.”

    Hughes says the biggest problem is the lack of incentive to innovate, a by-product of the mainland’s cheap manufacturing and weak intellectual property laws.

    Read the rest of this article at South China Morning Post

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  10. To distinguish themselves in an increasingly crowded luxury market, many brands in China have been teaming up with artists on product collaborations or in-store art exhibitions. The idea is to give an edgier boost to their brand image and sense of aesthetic individuality. Bottega Veneta’s series of exhibitions at its Shanghai concept store is a recent example of this trend. But the concept has been kicked up a notch with a series of full-size “art malls.” Opening throughout China, the new malls were commissioned by K11, a company run by Chow Tai Fook Executive Director Adrian Cheng.

    Via Jing Daily

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  11. Featuring nearly 30 events including fashion shows, seminars, and presentations, Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2014 will be staged from July 8-11, 2013 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event, whose theme this year is â€Sweet Fashionland,” will be celebrating its 20th anniversary.  The week’s fashion shows will be featuring promising designers and brands, as well as new design talents and creative student works. The week’s seminars and presentations will be hosted by international trend forecasting agencies, local institutes and  industry bodies, renowned stylists, and designers who will all be offering fresh insights from each of their professional perspectives.

    Via JingDaily

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  12. We are excited to bring you Designing Shanghai 2013 on Saturday, 6th July.  Come immerse yourself in Human Centered Design through informative talks, and a city-wide research and rapid prototyping exercise, that explores solutions across digital, physical, and service design.

    At Designing Shanghai 2012: Social Inclusion, teams tackled challenges such as improving disabled access, elderly care and special educational needs. This year, join us as we explore the theme of ‘Designing for Disaster’, and help prepare Shanghai for the next zombie apocalypse…

    Designers from Frog, IDEO and more will open the day with a series of talks.  They will share their insight, approach and methodology.

    In the afternoon, participants form teams, choose a design challenge, and take to the streets of Shanghai to research the problem.  On return to the venue, teams will synthesize their research, brainstorm solutions, and create rapid prototypes to share with the rest of the group.

    The event is free to attend, and everyone is welcome – designers, researchers, entrepreneurs, developers, marketers, artists, consultants, students, and more.  Our only pre-requisite is that you have a passion for rediscovering the world around you.

    Visit Techyizu to learn more

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  13. Should you be so lucky as to be asked to design a Film Museum, how would you feel? Most likely, overwhelmed. The many juicy aspects of the dream factory of film business make one’s head spin! The technology – from the first scratchy silent films to today’s 4D experiences. The genres – from drama and documentaries, to sci-fi and animated movies. And the intrigue and mystery of film as propaganda tool and promotional vehicle. The stars and the drama of their lives online and off. The various awards, the gowns and the glitter. Even the people behind the movie cameras – the directors, the movie moguls and the critics – all seem to carry an extra aura of glamour and fascination. Add to that the sets, the locations, the props, the car chases, cliff-hangers, fantasy worlds and the historical epics created and recreated through film. Indeed, no lack of material.

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  14. CBi Founder and President Cathy Huang and Managing Director Rudy Wimmer sat down and shared some insight on the future of China.

    Q: How has the country changed? Rudy: There are definitely complex problems in system development and servicing people’s needs in modern China. On a product level, there is a very high expectation and a rather blind openness to things. Personal expectations, social expectations are just one part. There is also collectivism where people collectively build an expectation around things. Individuals in China are still within a family unit but outside of that it is collective. They’re growing beyond family. The one child policy is really starting to affect modern society. The desire for community and to be connected is not being met through family.
    Q: Does that explain why social media has taken off? Rudy: Social media is an accelerator until trust is broken when it becomes overly commercialized. Cathy: Chinese people are extremely community-oriented. However, the community is looser now. There is no physical community at all. People move around a lot and don’t stay with their family. My generation has four parents to take care of and there is no shared living community for support. Nobody knows their neighbors anymore. When I was a child, neighbors shared food, took care of kids and watched each other. That doesn’t happen now. Virtual communities are definitely growing online but they are having a shorter life when the next “something” shows up and gets lots of followers. People shift attention very quickly. Weibo to Weixin (We Chat) for example. Weibo is not as popular as it once was because of new competition. Online communities grow quickly and move away quickly.
    Read the rest of this interview at CBi
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  15. Mobile Asia Expo 2013 starts today. This year’s list of exhibitors includes some international heavyweights in the mobile market, from service providers (China Mobile, AT&T, China Unicom), communications companies (Cisco, Oracle, Huawei) to consumer goods companies (Sony, Samsung, Lenovo). These brands, plus hundreds more, will be there to showcase their latest mobile-related technology and products.

    One of the highlights of the 2013 expo is expected to be Sony’s premiere of its SmartWatch 2.0, the new upgraded version of its original mobile wristwatch device. The consumer tech giant has been building up buzz about the new product on its Twitter page for weeks, dropping hints and hashtags like #itscoming and #MAE2013.

    Via CreativeHunt

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  16. Tired of needing photos or videos to show off your product designs? Want an easy way to display your latest work to the world? Then look no further!

    Product Design Hub is happy to announce that it has teamed up with the guys at Sketchfab to offer you the chance to showcase your models in fully interactive 3D.

    When posting in our forums, you will notice a new button in the text box that will allow you to embed Sketchfab models. Simply hit this, select the model you'd like to embed, and away you go!

     

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    As you may have guessed, to be able to do this you'll need to create an account on Sketchfab and upload the models you wish to display first. But don't worry! Basic accounts are free, and offer the following exciting features:

    • Unlimited uploads of models below 50MB
    • Support for all regular materials, shaders, textures and transparency, as well as normal, specular, diffuse and bump maps
    • Support for 27 native 3D formats
    • Plugins to publish directly from all the major 3D packages (3ds Max, Maya, Blender, etc)
    • Support for large models (currently models above 5 million polys)
    • HDR environments for image-based lighting and reflection
    • And many more features on the way!

    We're very excited to bring this great new feature to all user of Product Design Hub. You'll find a few of the more popular Sketchfab models below, so you can see just what this system is capable of...

     

     

     

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