With unprecedented urbanization, an emerging middle-class and a cooling economy, China's focus is shifting towards the creative industries as an important economic pillar and design as a strategic priority. What is the role of design in this transformation and how will the new Shekou Design Museum encourage the shift from production to creation?
Ole Bouman was appointed as the director of a major new design museum developed in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert museum in Shekou, Shenzhen. The former director of NAI and creative director of the 2013/2014 Shenzhen Architecture and Urbanism Biennale, has always had a fascination with China and during this event will tell us about his journey, his experiences in Shenzhen and his view on the Chinese creative transition.
Yawei Chen is Assistent Professor at Delft University of Technology. Here specializations include urban China studies and European-Asian comparative research on urban development processes; management of large-scale urban development processes, with special focus on global-local interaction, urban strategy, land policy, public-private partnership and urban quality. Yawei will provide the academic context of Chinese urban development and a shift in government focus with respect to the creative industries.
Herman Kossmann, creative director of Kossmann.dejong – exhibition architects will join this evening to present The Urbanian Pavilion project at World Expo Shanghai 2010. He will also talk about about urbanization and design in Chinese society.