Curator Team: NI minqing, ZHU mingjie, David Fassi
Location: Siping community, Yangpu District, Shanghai
Duration: 2015.12.9 — 2016.3
“Open Your Space” possesses diverse manifestations in current social framework and the contemporary Chinese context. The word “open” suggests multiple interpretations in terms of the physical, cultural, emotional, inclusive, sustainable, connected, shared and interactive contexts. Positioned within the current social-cultural framework in China, “Open Your Space” proposes a unique design proposition for collective space and public life; Promotes an emerging paradigm involving new processes in imagining public space and co-creation; and adopts an inclusive approach for social innovation towards collaborative actions for an integrated public life.
Open Your Space (OYS) is an ongoing research and design project. Reflecting on the current situation of urbanization in China, the project explores an urban community scenario that concerns the physical spaces as well as their social and cultural significances. It tends to activate design factors as how they can intervene and catalyze urban life and built environment. As a pilot project, Open Your Space @ Siping community (OYS@Siping)is one of the collateral exhibitions of the 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture. Landed in the Siping community of the Yangpu District in Shanghai, the project consists of three parts: an exhibition of case studies that showcases design interventions in urban public spaces worldwide, 10 site projects, and over 50 micro design interventions in the open spaces at Siping community along with a community creative festival and several cultural events. The project will open on 19 December 2015.
The exhibition of case studies presents creative interventions in public spaces worldwide, with an aim to introduce diverse yet cultural specific strategies for dealing with open spaces in the context of urbanization across the world. It will take place at four vacant storefront spaces located inside the community. Spread across outdoor public spaces around the area, the 10 site projects and over 50 micro design
interventions invite practioners from different disciplines including artists, designers, researchers, architects and college students to explore the potentials inherent in open spaces and to improve public engagement. They provide unique perspectives on how innovative design strategies and site-specific approaches can engage the locals in the process of generating and improving their public places.