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Shanghai Service Jam 2014! 48 HOURS TO CHANGE THE WORLD

What is Global Service Jam?

Global Service Jam is the world’s largest globally organized, simultaneous, cross-continental, 48 hour innovation event. Participants with diverse expertise will team up to co-create, combine ideas and share tangible solutions for service and social improvements in a dynamic environment. The hosts will provide necessary support including guidance, toolbox and communication platform. During the event, all participants will take part in communication across different cities around the globe. On March 9, 3:00 p.m. Shanghai local time, all the participants shall upload their work onto the platform (http://planet.globalservicejam.org/) and share them with the rest of the world. Learn more about the Global Service Jam and Results in 2013. click to watch the video last year http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNjQ5NzM3NDky.html

How to join?
- The jam is a non-profit event. It is free. Hurry up as places are limited! Register online now
- This event aims to facilitate creativity and knowledge building, aiming at entrepreneurship and development of new service ideas. The participants for this event are selected based on background and experience to insure a diverse, professional and “Outcome Oriented” group that is focused on the tasks at hand.
- Put the dates in your calendar, and bring your funny hats and musical instrument if you have one.

Be a Jammer: Anyone who has an open mind and wants to practice a hands-on approach to creativity and problem solving, make sure you are available to join ALL 3 days to ensure seamless collaboration and team dynamic. Jam is a great place to learn new skills, challenge yourself and meet great people while having fun. Your designs and projects have the potential to create a real impact on a more sustainable future.
See other jammers all over the world

Be an Observer: If you can’t commit to all 3 days, you are also welcome to observe the jam on the Friday opening session and final sharing session on Sunday afternoon.

Be A Spark: Helping to get the juices flowing, be inspiring and share you knowledge about Service Design, New Business Model Generation, Social Entrepreneurship etc… – When: 20 minutes from 4-6pm on Friday March 7th

Be A Mentor: Spending time with the jammers to help guide their directions, brainstorm, plan and prototyping  – When: Sessions Saturday March 8th 10:30-11:30 and 16:00 – 17:00

Be A Juror: Providing feedback on practicability, feasibility and potential scale for what the jammers have created  – When: Sunday March 9th from 3-6pm

Who is hosting?
CBi China Bridge, an insight-based innovation firm, wants to promote sustainability design in China, and introduce people to a design-based approach to creativity and problem solving though this exciting event.  China Bridge’s role will be to provide a public platform for creative minds in Shanghai’s professional community and connect with the world.

When and Where?
TIME:  March 7th-9th 2014
(March 7th 3pm-9pm, March 8th 9am-9pm, March 9th , 9am-6pm)
PLACE :   CBi China Bridge Office;
359 Kangding Rd, 4F, Jingan District/ near Shanxi Bei Rd
静安区康定路359号4楼(近陕西北路)

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Blessed Christmas & Healthy 2014

We wish you blessed Christmas holidays and a Healthy 2014!

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A Review of the Best Product and Interior Design

Business of Design Week 2013, Asia’s leading annual design event, was held from December 2nd to December 7th at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. With “Belgian Spirit” as the main theme, it invited dozens of internationally renowned designers and business elite to participate.

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Chinese Art Typography Reprise

Life and work in the age of computers is like entering a freeway without limits; everything seems simple, direct and speedy. Many techniques, articles, skills from not long ago has already become blurry or forgotten. When pictures, colors, sound, communications are all being digitized nowadays, it is hard for the design field to imagine how we can operate without the computers anymore. Therefore, typography might only be another menu option in Indesign or Photoshop to most designers while everything is standardized and homogenized. In addition, even when designers look at font libraries, we often forget to think about the meaning of type design already.

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Introducing: Chinese Car Designers

The words ‘Chinese car designer‘ for too long have been synonymous with Xerox machines, for a while it seemed the Chinese manufacturers skipped the design and R&D stages and went straight to the nearest foreign auto manufacturers dealership to buy a best selling model and then put it into production themselves under their own brand, see the Chery QQ, Laibao SUV, and other famous cloned cars. However in the past few years Chinese car companies, as well as international car companies, have been plucking the brightest Chinese designers from within China and elsewhere and cultivating their talents to a new level. Chinese designers have had a hand in some of the more popular cars on the roads in the past few years, take for example theBuick Lacrosse – a big seller for GM in North America and China but it was designed by a Chinese hand.

Read the profiles of 6 Chinese Car Designers at China Car Times

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PLaT architects develop lotus hotel in chinese desert

Situated in the chinese xiangshawan desert, ‘lotus hotel’ uses pioneering and innovative construction techniques, enabling the structure to seemingly float above the landscape. Located between the major urban centers of baotou, hohhot and ordos, the hotel, designed by PLaT architects forms a resort which seeks to establish the area as a tourist destination.

Via DesignBoom

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Made Greener By/For China

In 2014, perceptions of China will take another significant turn, as consumers come to realize China is fast becoming the epicenter of truly innovative, superior green consumer innovations, too*.

* Alongside leading Chinese brands in sectors such as mobile tech, luxury and fashion (from WeChat to Bosideng, from Shang Xia to Xiaomi and more) that are simply MADE BETTER IN CHINA.

That shift will be driven by China’s relentless, large-scale efforts to address massive environmental challenges such as energy, transport, construction and more.

In fact, the idea among many consumers worldwide that Chinese brands and businesses lag behind when it comes to green thinking might just be one of the last great competitive advantages that ‘Western’ brands enjoy.

When that preconception is overturned in 2014, one of the last barriers keeping Chinese brands and global consumers at a distance is lifted. Just another small, yet pivotal moment in the remapping of global consumerism ;)

Via Trendwatching

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The “Belgian Spirit” comes to Business of Design Week

Asia’s leading annual design event returns for its 11th edition from the 2nd to 7th December, 2013, at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. This year, the conference will feature the “Belgian Spirit”, focusing on Belgium’s international importance at the highest level of design and creativity. In selecting Belgium as this year’s BODW’s partner country, the forum aims to showcase the highly influential Belgian and Flemish perspective in exhibitions, forums and programs, as well as their key role in the growing business of design, innovation and branding. BODW is a unique platform for sharing knowledge on design issues and is driven by exchange among participants. It was announced today that Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium has chosen Hong Kong to be her first overseas destination since she ascended the throne in July 2013.

Date: 2-7 December 2013

Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Official Website: www.bodw.com

 

 

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The CBi office was destroyed by a TORNADO!

The CBi office was destroyed by a TORNADO!!(A tornado of creativity, that is.)

On Nov22-24, For 48 hours the force of Forty-two creative and passionate people from widely different backgrounds converged at the CBi offices, diverged into teams, threw around ideas off one another, -and built on what bounced back. Together they created not only a huge mess – but also, brand-new real-world designs, projects and initiatives that will have positive impact on planet earth.

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Studio Fuksas completes Terminal 3 at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport

Thousands of hexagonal skylights bring natural light into this new terminal that Italian architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas have completed at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport in China

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5 Lessons From Chinese Innovators

Ian Lee introduces the new champions of innovation.

Multinationals and Chinese domestic companies are scrambling to tap into the growing purchasing power of China’s rising middle class. Since frog opened its Shanghai studio in 2007, we have worked with many companies to design their products and services for the Chinese market. During that time, we have tracked a quantum shift in innovation strategy: Many Chinese companies now outpace their foreign peers, capturing market share with approaches that win the hearts and minds of consumers. Companies such as Tencent, which created China’s most popular messaging services, QQ and WeChat, have become innovation leaders with strategies that address the population’s fast-changing communications and consumption needs. Ian Lee, creative director at frog Shanghai, has outlined five lessons we can learn from this new generation of Chinese innovators.

Read the full article at Frog Design

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Li-Wai Cup/Vase Series

The concept of the series comes from different types of traditional Chinese containers such as vase and bowl. With its elegant outline and proportion, combining with the everyday use cup shape to create a mixed item. The design tried to bring the beauty of tradition into modern daily life. When the cup filled with various drinks, the “vase” or “bowl” shows up, with different colors. People are just enjoying their time with the drinks and the design.

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Shanghai Sustainability Jam 2013! 48 HOURS TO SAVE THE WORLD

What is Global Sustainability Jam?

Global Sustainability Jam is the world’s biggest non-profit innovation event targeting sustainability. Creative and passionate people will meet to form teams and work to create brand-new real-world designs, projects and initiatives that will create impact on sustainability . The hosts will provide necessary support including guidance, toolbox and communication platform. During the event, all participants will take part in communication across different cities around the globe. On November 24, 3:00 p.m. Shanghai local time, all the participants shall upload their work onto the platform (http://planet.globalsustainabilityjam.org/) and share them with the rest of the world. Learn more about the Global Sustainability Jam

* The Global Jam is conducted in ENGLISH!

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Sky SOHO Leasing Showroom / GAP Architects

Next to Hongqiao Airport, the Sky SOHO leasing showroom resides in the world-renowned Zaha Hadid Architect’s sole masterpiece in Shanghai. The project is also considered the iconic development of SOHO China in the city. The total GFA of the Sky SOHO is 350,000 square meters and expected to finish in 2014.

With an area of 350 square meters, the leasing showroom is residing within the second floor overlooking the south entrance of the development. Taking into consideration of the dynamic and fluid form of the architecture, the showroom interior and its auxiliary amenities are designed with compatible architectural language which enhances the experience of the formal vistas of the forthcoming buildings.

Via ArchDaily