Business of Design Week
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
4 – 9 December 2017
Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places on earth and a melting pot of cultural influences. Ever since 2002, the annual Business of Design Week has featured renowned speakers from the fields of architecture and design. This year’s partner country is Italy.
Organised by the Hong Kong Design Centre, every year the conference draws leading successful architects, designers, instructors and theoreticians to Hong Kong. The organisation has made it its mission to establish Hong Kong as a centre for design excellence in Asia. A large proportion of the speakers will come from Italy, this year’s partner country, but speakers from another 15 countries will also be present.
The most famous of them are Jacques Herzog of Herzog and de Meuron (the architects behind the Elbe Philharmonic Hall), Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas of Studio Fuksas and Alice Rawsthorn, a British design critic. Thanks to globalisation, Hong Kong’s status as Asia’s economic centre has given it the opportunity to espouse an international design concept.
The conference is split into various themed sessions. One of the areas of focus is Design in Asia, with speakers including Daan Roosegaarde. Lots of the panel discussions will examine heritage, spatial and urban culture, and look at how design is connected to these concepts. Events will include a master class by the Italian designer Michele de Lucchi.
A number of other creative events will take place alongside the conference, with a wide array of offerings: Detour is an alternative festival presenting the latest developments and projects from the world of design; Design Inspire is a fair for innovative design and architecture. Fashion Asia is a platform for fashion trends from all over Asia; BIP Asia examines the latest developments from the field of intellectual property and patents; the DFA Awards select prize-winners and showcase emerging talents in design; the Polytechnic University School of Design will hold a forum on design training; and last but not least, the Worktech symposium looks at the future of work.