Moderated by Ole Bouman, founding director of Design Society, this inaugural panel is joined by Joseph Grima, the creative director of the Design Academy in Eindhoven and Chief Curator of Design at Triennale di Milano; Richard van der Laken, the energetic engine behind both What Design Can Do and De Designpolitie; Liu Xiaodu, the principal architect and co-founder of URBANUS, the director of the Pingshan Art Museum; Alice Rawsthorn, the New York Times columnist and author of Design as an Attitude; and Deyan Sudjic, the director emeritus of the Design Museum in London and former editor of Domus magazine in Milan.
The panel will focus on how design has shown and proved its ever-expanding application to the general public -- it is not only a commercial product but also a powerful tool to deal with crisis, solve problems and depict the future. Under the current pandemic, designers begin to re-examine the values of design, for example, the design for social distancing and for emergency have become new design focuses.
Ole Bouman is since 2015 the Founding Director of Design Society in Shenzhe. Past roles include editor-in-chief of Volume (2005-2007, a magazine he co-founded with OMA and Columbia University) and director of the national Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi) (2006-2013). He worked as a curator for Manifesta 3 (2000), and curated national pavilions at the Biennales of Shenzhen, São Paulo and Venice. He was Creative Director of the Urbanism/Architecture Bi-City Biennale Shenzhen (UABB) in 2013-14. His publications include The Invisible in Architecture (co-author, 1994), Ubiquitous China (2006), Architecture of Consequence (2009) and (co-editor, 2017) Design Society: the Making of a New Creative Platform.
Bouman taught architecture and design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Hong Kong. In 2018 he received the Shenzhen Creative Influencer Award.
Joseph Grima is an architect and curator based in Milan, Italy. He is the Creative Director of Design Academy Eindhoven and Chief Curator of Design at Triennale di Milano. He is founder of Space Caviar. Grima was previously the editor-in-chief of Domus magazine and director of Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. In 2014 he was appointed co-curator of the first Chicago Architecture Biennial, and in 2012 co-directed the first Istanbul Design Biennial. He is also the artistic director of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019. He has taught and lectured widely, and has served on numerous international juries.
Richard van der Laken is the energetic engine behind both What Design Can Do and De Designpolitie. Over the years the Designpolitie has received numerous honours, including prizes from the Dutch Design Awards, New York ADC and the European Design Awards. Van der Laken and Zurburg are also members of the award-winning graphic design collective Gorilla. In 2010 Van der Laken and Zurburg, together with several fellow creatives, founded What Design Can Do as a platform to showcase the power and impact of design, and to empower creatives in the essential work of creating a more sustainable, inclusive and fair world.
Liu Xiaodu is principal architect and co-founder of URBANUS Architecture & Design Inc, one of the chief curators for 2017 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Urbanism\ Architecture Bi-City Biennale (Shenzhen) and the chief curator of the China Pavilion of 2016 London Biennale. He served as the chairman for the first Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Association. Liu Xiaodu is also the director of the Pingshan Art Museum in Shenzhen. Architecture design projects co-led by Liu Xiaodu include Tulou Collective Housing, Hui Hotel, OCT-LOFT Renovation, the OCT Art & Design Gallery and SHUM YIP UpperHills LOFT etc. Many of his works won prestigious architecture awards, as well as exhibited and published worldwide. He taught at the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University, the School of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong, the University of Venice, Hunan University and Shenzhen University. He is often invited to be the jury member for international competitions and to give lectures at many influential academic institutions worldwide.
Alice Rawsthorn is an award-winning design critic and author, whose books include Hello World: Where Design Meets Life and, most recently, Design as an Attitude. Her weekly design column for The New York Times was syndicated worldwide for over a decade. Alice is chair of the boards of trustees at The Hepworth Wakefield art gallery in Yorkshire and Chisenhale Gallery in London, and a founding member of the Writers for Liberty campaign for human rights. Alice is also a co-founder with Paola Antonelli of the Design Emergency project to explore design’s response to Covid-19 and its aftermath.
Deyan Sudjic is a writer, critic and curator, based in London. He was the director of the Venice architecture biennale, the editor of Domus magazine in Milan, and is director emeritus of the Design Museum in London, and a professor of architecture and design studies at the University of Lancaster. He has curated exhibitions on Zaha Hadid, Ettore Sottsass and Stanley Kubrick among many others. His two most recent books, the Language of Cities and B is for Bauhaus were published in China in 2020 by Genisis Culture.
Yan Zeng is now the Deputy Chief Editor of Sanlian Lifeweek. She has long been focusing on the observation, interview and writing in the field of arts and culture. She has published books including On Site: Interviews On Comtemporary Art (2020) and Enchanting Century (Yaorao Shiji, 2010).
Simone Chen, currently is the Editor-in-Chief of <IDEAT>, who also was the founder of Vestibule Consulting. She’s a senior media professional focusing on creative and design industry, a tireless self-learner, a comprehensive and serious reader, as well as a questioner who always keep curiosity with people, world and creation.