Pollution Art, Gravity Chopsticks at Shenzhen Design Week 2018

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This year’s Shenzhen Design Week (April 20-30) kicked off yesterday with a barrage of fascinating forums and events, plus exhibits around the city.

At MindPark headquarters in Nanshan District, Friday saw the first set of talks in a three-day conference co-organized by innovation platform TOPYS and C FutureCity. It featured notable designers like Daan Roosegarde, whose studio created the world’s tallest air purifier in 2016, then tested it out in Beijing’s art district.

What’s more, Studio Roosegarde has used collected smog particles to create, of all things, diamond jewelry.

In his talk yesterday morning, Roosegarde focused on how existing expertise can be used to create environmentally-friendly projects. Or, put another way, how to turn air-purifying into art.

He was followed by James Binning, co-founder of London architectural collective Assemble, which takes an inclusive approach to building things. Among other things, the team has worked closely with the residents of a hard-hit local neighborhood to rejuvenate their area, winning a 2015 Turner Prize in the process.

They’ve also set up DIY workshops for locals, as well as an ‘adventure

By playground’ where kids can mold their own play environment. (…)

That’s PRD, April 2018