2017-04-21 - 2017-04-24
Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China
Tour of Design Industrial Parks(DIPs) and tour of design education & art exhibition halls are built, so that the general public can be given the chance to grasp a better understanding of Shenzhen, the first city in China appointed as UNESCO City of Design.
Timber, whose original meaning is “woodlands”, refers to “the iron-and-steel jungle” in architectural design. Hence, the first design tour is the tour of urban landmarks. Alongside Shennan Boulevard, from east to west via Shenzhen International Trade Center Building, Chegongmiao district, and with Value Factory -the main venue of Shenzhen Design Week as the terminal point, this tour will track the traces of Shenzhen’s development and construction, taking the public on a journey of exploring changes of the trends of urban architectural thoughts from the approaches of architectural design to urban planning.
Secondly, timber implies the meaning of “woods”, alluding to “the woods of design industry”. Thus, the second design tour is the tour of Design Industrial Park(DIP), and the most representative Design Industrial Park(DIP)-OCT Loft undoubtedly serves as the optimal choice. Sauntering from its north zone to south zone, the public will get to know OCT Loft’s history, landmark buildings and cultural activities known as the significant milestones in OCT Loft’s establishment. Subsequently, from its south zone to north zone, the public will successively visit design and cultural institutions in OCT Loft. Through touring, the public will be inspired to reinterpret OCT Loft’s reconstruction history, rediscover Shenzhen Design Industrial Park, and realize the positive impacts of design on our lives.
Thirdly, timber adopts the meaning of “wood”, exactly speaking, the wood suitable for design learners’ creation. Consequently, the third tour is the tour of design education & art exhibition halls. With Value Factory as the starting point, moving from Wanghai Road to Shahe West Road, by way of Shenzhen University and Shenzhen Hi-tech Park, and then walking from Fulong road to Longheu P+V Gallery in Longhua district, this tour offers an opportunity for the public to walk through Shenzhen’s “educational corridor” and into Longheu P+V Gallery of a century’s history to observe people’s close ties with former design education.