Day 3, Business of Design Week 2016 - Forum: “Culture & The City I and II” of BODW “Plenary III”
Blending art with technology
“What we try to do is to understand the culture and the people in the places where we’re building.
Architecture is all about collaboration and integration, and to make a difference to the society.
With innovation and experimental changes, buildings with incorporation of nature and modern structure are proposed.”
Brian Lee, a Chicago architect renowned for his design work of the China World Trade Centre in Beijing, was invited to the “Culture & The City I” forum, where he shared his experience and process of designing the tallest building in China.
In the same forum, Janet Echelman talked about her experience of combining arts and technology.
She is a sculptor who has created experiential sculptures at the scale of buildings that transforms with wind and light.
An accidental discovery of fishnet as an art form had become the icon of her.
Echelman believed that art could change a space where people were connected with one another and strangers shared their experience with their fellow human beings.
Minsuk Cho, the founder of Mass Studio from South Korea, also discussed how architecture, design, culture and city interact with and relate to one another.
“Time is needed to observe the evolution of a city.”
He advocated being patient because he would convince his clients to contribute more in the collaboration process – listening more to the designers.
Museums and the City
In the “Culture & The City 2” forum, Zoe Ryan, the John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, shared her curatorial experience.
Her recent exhibition in 2015 was the “Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye”.
She was ever named as “one of the 50 people shaping the future of design” by, Fast Company magazine.
“There is always a strong relationship between museums and the city.
Museums in Chicago city are popular of their rich historical collections of items of architecture and design.
We not only focus on valuable historical collections, but we also want to discover the connection point to the international context and contemporary design.
We want the museums to be meaningful for both local and international audiences.”
In the same forum, the Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, described:
“San Francisco is a city that embraces the design. And the role of a museum is to activate the city.
We are trying to balance our collection with local, national and international works. We want to use collections and activities to rethink opportunities in the city.
So, we have the projects to take over empty parking spaces, to create community spaces, to provide support to homeless people.”
Envisaging the West Kowloon Project
Duncan Pescod, the Chief Executive of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA), introduced his vision and execution process of the West Kowloon Cultural District Project which he has been leading over the past years.
“West Kowloon Cultural District is a destination for visitors, businesses, and artistic talents.
The design concept is all about integration. We created an open space so that people can linger and enjoy the cultural atmosphere.
We target young people because we hope that they can participate, enjoy what we are doing, think of art and culture, and learn something that they can’t learn in institutions.”