Design Involving Your Participation
Each and every one of us can participate in design. We can all come up with designs that are most suitable for ourselves and our community with professional designers, according to what we and our living environment need. Social Design becomes popular in Hong Kong in recent years, and it emphasizes on the designers’ visions be switched to thinking about community, co-operation and participation. With their own professional skills, designers can resolve social problems with the general public, volunteer groups and government organizations through their designs. As SIU King-chung, Assistant Professor at the School of Design of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, said, social design is a design “involving your participation”, and the method of social design can also change the government’s mode of governance.
In this episode, through 3 social design projects, namely “Pai Tong (fixed hawker pitches) Innovation”, “Useless Frame” and “Sense – Hearing”, we will understand how the designers in Hong Kong, together with the parties concerned, volunteer groups and government organizations, try to help hawkers do better business, assist subdivided flat tenants to improve living space, and facilitate visually impaired people to appreciate exhibits in art galleries.