Harbin Institute of Technology
Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
Zurich University of the Arts
How can cities enhance their local identities while being part of a networked HyperCity model? Part of the answer involves design and architecture education.
Organized by three design universities in three different nations, this exhibition investigates the affordances, risks, and opportunities wrapped up in the education of the next generation of designers and architects, who will build and live in globally connected cities, or HyperCities. The presentation revolves around the project of establishing an “International Graduate School of Design” in Shenzhen. It displays concepts and themes related to inventive educational practice.
The exhibition deals with some urgent questions: what local and the global needs will drive the education of the next generation of architects and designers? How can society, culture, and industry participate in the definition of a new design school? How can rigid, top-down educational models yield to more bottom-up models, oriented toward entrepreneurial discovery and the creative empowerment of the citizenry? How can productive infrastructure, participatory processes, and generative data form a strategic vision for new urban development models?
The HyperCities project encompasses an ongoing exhibition and a panel discussion including:
Fragments, an interactive multimedia installation in which visitors can experience simultaneous live feeds of imagery from diverse urban spaces of Shenzhen, Zurich, and Barcelona.
City & Technology, an exhibition addressing the question of the implementation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in different layers of the urban environment.
Future Design Education Forum, gathering experts and local stakeholders to discuss the character of a forward-looking education in architecture and design, related to HyperCities. The Forum will include talks by the three partner Institutions that lead the project of the new University of Design in Shenzhen, and roundtable discussions with local invited experts. There will be guests from the Shenzhen Municipality and the Ministry of Education as well as scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, and representatives of local youth associations, industry, and citizens.
An international Call for Projects, which invites participants from different disciplines around the world to submit ideas, visions, and actions towards 21st-century design education models.