deTour 2023

New Know How – Crafting Design Future

Courtyard & Marketplace, G/F, PMQ

Every city has its own unique character and culture. These distinctive traits are the urban codes of a city – sculpted and shaped by the behaviours of all those who live in the city.

Grey Sculpture learns and grows by absorbing the ‘hidden rules’ and unspoken habits in the daily life of every individual, gradually expanding into an irregular organic matter. The sculpture is a metaphor for a city that is constantly reshaped by every city dweller’s actions and choices, adding to the uniqueness of the city. As you move around the city every day, do you see and share the common ‘hidden rules’ with the strangers you meet along the way?

Brian Lee Long Yin

Brian Lee graduated from the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2017, majoring in Product Design. With wide-ranging passions from product design, social issues, pop culture to performing arts, he joined KaCaMa Design Lab in 2017 and began to be actively involved in participatory design and community work.

From 2016 to 2021, Brian co-founded a pop culture platform, Stanvibes, with his friends, before stepping up to the role of Associate Art Director and Executive Producer of an international pop culture entertainment network. In 2022, he participated in a large-scale community playground engagement project ‘Together We Play’ organised by AaaM Architects, where he involved the public to reimagine the playgrounds of the future.

With his experience, Brian hopes to continue working with community stakeholders in exploring the future possibilities of the city and its people.

Eva Leung Ka Wai

Eva Leung graduated from the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2017, majoring in Product Design. She is currently working with openground, coordinating the operations, organising and curating exhibitions and events at the venue. At openground, Eva has curated a series of community-focused exhibitions for three consecutive years, namely ‘#CITY’ (2019), ‘Neighbour Maker’ (2020) and ‘Cloth Society’ (2021).

She has also been a part of several social design initiatives, including the Jockey Club Make a Difference Social Lab and Hong Kong Public Libraries’ ‘Pick-a-Booket’ programme. During her university internship, Eva collaborated with Daisuke Nagatomo and Minnie Jan from Japan and Taiwan respectively on the design of furniture items, which garnered the Silver Prize at the 2016 Yilan Chair International Design Award.