TGS LABS

Here you can find projects and ongoings we are busy with in our build-up process, with long and mid-term explorative programs we are setting up with local and international clients, partners, collaborators and events.

If you want to learn more be in touch via the contact page.

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SIGNIFICANT OTHERS - INCOMPLETE BY DESIGN

the school of art & design (BIFT)

2019 graduation show

The final grad show includes 152 students' projects organized in 6 main thematic areas, which are so distributed not according to departmental classification but with relevance to affinities among the subjects and methodologies of research they employ.

Exhibition design is realized by FIELD  in collaboration with mono office.

Image here is from the VI designed by Li Huang from BIFT - the graphic system for the show is based on motion graphics that interpret the exhibition various themes.

You can read and see more on all the above at the link and in the news section.

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THE GLOBAL SCHOOL &

THE SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN (BIFT) - Beijing

2018/2019 Program

The Global School has collaborated with The School of Art & Design at Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT) on a one-year partnership that unfolded over the 2018/2019 academic year and interacted on different levels with the school’s workings.

The plan focuses on 3 core strands of programming seen as a three-tier integrated project meant to build long term impact by developing new educational and research frameworks based on interdisciplinary, practice-lead forms of learning that can open up new avenues of collaboration with external partners, from international and local institutions, as well as counterparts from the private and public sectors.

The program includes:

the development of a new research venture (Lab for Network Communities) started through the curatorship of the 2019 Graduation show as a 10-month long process (theme: Significant Others – Incomplete by Design), a relevant BOOK and the co-curation of the International Conference planned for October 2019 to coincide with the 60th anniversary of BIFT.

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COLLECTIVE FORMS IN CHINA

Neighborhood Transformations, Spatialised Governmentality and New Communities in China

This research project examines how social projects, spaces, and realities shape three contexts critical to understanding urban design in China: modes of governmentality, the history of collective spatial development models in relation to current community development, and socio-spatial changes in urban and rural developments. A comparative urban and social analysis of past and present community developments in China and a programme of public symposia and workshops in China and the UK will study the relationship between development models emerging with national collectivisation in the 1950s and contemporary urban and rural development projects. Based on this, the primary aim of this project is to develop a review of current urban design policy and related social policy in China.

Unfolding in different sessions in both London and China, TGS is invovled in the organization of a three-day symposium + workshop around the theme to be held in Beijing - THE CHINESE NEIGHBOURHOOD UNIT .

Organizers: Royal College of Art The Global School, Tsinghua University

Dates: September 8 - 10, 2018

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B/SIDE DESIGN FESTIVAL 2018 - EDITION 0!

Discover the pilot edition of what will be the annual appointment with design and creativity in the Chinese capital at the dedicated section.

In short:

3 DAYS X 3 LABS  + 1 PUBLIC WEEKEND

48 FELLOWS

with a variety of design and social practice backgrounds, from urban studies, architecture and interiors, to ethnography, sociology and computer science, with young entrepreneurs, arts managers, curators, visual and graphic designers, impact strategists, as much as university students and academic researchers.

THE FANTASTIC 45++!

49 are the path-breaking speakers, contributors and ideas-maker that joined us over 3 days - Designers, Architects, Technologists, Ethnographers, Artists, Visual Story-tellers, Economists, Photographers. Sociologists, Impact strategists, Anthropologists, Philanthropists, Engineers, Writers, Farmers, Students, Journalists, Start-ups Entrepreneurs, Urbanists, Chefs, Food Entrepreneurs, Data Analysts, Curators, Agronomists, Photo-reporters…

Download here an overivew of what happened!

STAY TUNED FOR THE 2019 EDITION

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LE PING FOUNDATION FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION

With foundational actions started in 2002, Le Ping Foundation is China’s key catalyst and market builder for social innovation, with 15 years experience in accelerating high-potential social enterprises with comprehensive impact-driven investments, facilitating innovative solutions with upscaling potential, so to generate large-scale social impacts.

By introducing knowledge and thought products, Leping cultivates the talents and ideas market in this key developmental sector.

TGS is working with Le Ping to explore long-term alliances across key action areas in their operations and test modalities of innovation-making to leverage targeted awareness around social responsibility, with the ultimate goal to build a new content platform and a task force to engage cross-sectorial stakeholders, supporters and creative makers from diverse fileds of practice and academic reserach. 

See more on our collaboration at B/Side Design Festival 2018 project.

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ACROSS CHINESE CITIES | THE COMMUNITY

Collateral Event of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition

La Biennale di Venezia​ | 2018

 

Following its two previous instalments at the Biennale Architettura 2014 and 2016, the third chapter of the Across Chinese Cities program is a continued exploration of the rapport between the built environment and socio-economic processes of change in the contemporary Chinese context. Promoted by Beijing Design Week in partnership with Suzhou Municipal Committee, Across Chinese Cities – The Community (The Objects, Spaces and Rituals of the Collective) explores approaches to planning linked to the development of ‘communities’ as mechanisms that create new systems of social, economic and spatial belonging. ​

Organized in six thematic frameworks - Working Paradigms / The Domestic Sphere / The Consumer Revolution / Culture,Learning&Care / Leisure&Playime / Mobility - the selected case studies draw upon integrated design strategies leveraging the ‘’emancipating potentialities of commoning’’ (Stavros Stavrides, The City as Commons) and thus novel interrelated norms of co-dependence, participation and inclusivity.  Exploring tiered urban contexts, from historic city centres to urban villages, and rural areas across different Chinese regions, these projects are predicated on co-actualized protocols of governance on the micro-scale. Spatial practice becomes here auxiliary to the consolidation of new alliances among economic actors, governmental stakeholders and civic constituencies in medicating the disruptive effects of China’s unabated urbanizing race.

Across Chinese Ciities program curator: Beatrice Leanza 

www.acrosschinesecities.org 

​Ca’ Tron, Santa Croce 1957 - 30135 Venezia

May 26 – October 19, 2018

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