"Social Architecture Experiment, and Open Design"

Project 05/ Open Architecture, Social Architecture, with Cesar Harada

How can design actions open new platforms for people to cocreate customised local solutions for sustainable development?” Social entrepreneur Cesar Harada was invited to conduct an Open/Social Architecture co-creation experience. Cesar is a Senior TED Fellow who quit his job at MIT and moved to the Gulf to develop an Open Source robot called ‘Protei’ to clean up the BP oil spill, and has now settled in Hong Kong. He is also the founder of Makerbay in Hong Kong. At two sessions, more than 40 citizens and HKDI students gathered together at the campus’ Design Boulevard. At first Cesar led the group to experience different forms of networking. The participants were asked to reflect on the experience in different networks until they came up with a final collective form. Out of this new ‘network’, they used just plastic pipes to build a simple but interesting structure. The experience was aimed at exploring the possible forms of structure that could evolve from social networks created by participants. It asks the question whether the practice of building could be a co-creative and collective process.

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Title: Open design in action! Design Debates & Projects for our Open Society

  • Editors: Lee, Yanki, Tsang Siu Yin, Albert, Huybrechts, Liesbeth, Hendriks, Niels
  • Issue Date: 2016
  • Publisher: HKDI DESIS Lab
  • Abstract: This March marks the three whole years of the lab at HKDI since 2013! Over these few years, the lab has run over 20 projects focused on design and openness. All these projects are recorded in the book Open Design in Action! Open Debates and Projects for Our Open Society, with the introduction by Dr Liesbeth Huybrechts and Niels Hendriks, visiting scholars of the lab from Belgium. All the projects are divided into three categories of ‘open language’, ‘open minds’ and ‘open hearts’; which are also the framework the lab tries to purpose for an open society through design. It demonstrates the attempt to explore different aspects of openness through design actions. The lab would like to dedicate the books to all creative citizens in Hong Kong.
  • URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/23774
  • Link to publication: http://www.hkdi.desislab.vtc.edu.hk/book-launch
  • PDF: http://www.yankilee.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Open-Design-in-Action-eBook_Low-Res.pdf
  • ISBN: 9789881396235
  • Category: B1
  • Type: Book
  • Appears in Collections: Research publications
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