Build­ing by de­sign goes clas­sic

China Daily (Canada) - - YOUTH - By CHINA DAILY

Many build­ings are bull­dozed to make way for re­de­vel­op­ment, but the struc­tures can ac­tu­ally avoid the wreck­ing ball and be im­proved through a bet­ter ex­pres­sion of his­tory and cul­ture with mod­ern art.

That idea of fo­cus­ing on the “emo­tional res­o­nance” of space, be­yond its func­tion­al­ity, was one of the take­aways from an ur­ban de­sign con­fer­ence in late Septem­ber in Bei­jing.

The event, hosted by the Elle Dec­o­ra­tion mag­a­zine with man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany Kohler at the Chao Ho­tel in the cap­i­tal’s San­l­i­tun area, in­volved four pro­fes­sional ho­tel de­sign­ers from Hong Kong, as well as Sin­ga­pore and the United States, dis­cussing the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in the in­dus­try.

Hong Kong’s Ed Ng, who founded the ar­chi­tec­tural and in­te­rior de­sign com­pany AB Con­cept, says trends cer­tainly never last for­ever. De­sign trends run like a cir­cle — peo­ple’s daily lives are filled with mod­ern tech­nol­ogy and that leads to their hunger for “old tech­niques”.

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