From policies to design

Matthew Hu, Toby Wong, Luis Aguirre Manso, Eugenia Murialdo, Celine Lamee


Last Tuesday 17th took place in Beijing the second of the lecture series entitled ‘A Map of Hutopolis’, a presentation of the research book on the topic of policies and design.

During the event Toby Wong (Senior Architect at West Kowloon Cultural District Authority) presented the administrative and participatory process of the new cultural district of Hong Kong, while Jiang Cen talked about the initiatives developed at Dashilar in Beijing. The presentations were followed by a discussion with with Matthew Hu (Head of Development at Prince’s Charities Foundation in China) and the Hutopolis team will be represented by Eugenia Murialdo and Luis Aguirre Manso.

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Lecture at Tsinghua University


Last May 6th Diego Laguía presented at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) the outcome of the Hutopolis research. The event, attended by doctorate students from other universities, focused on Chinese Culture and related fields of research.

Milan Design Week

Last April 11th took place in Milan the event ‘A map of Hutopolis’, first of 3 conferences about the Chinese urbanization process and the role of design for the city.

The lecture was organized at the Spazio Tecno at the Caselli di Porta Garibaldi in Milan (Italy) during the Design Week 2014. Further events are expected in Beijing (May 15th 2014 June 17th 2014, Italian Institute of Culture/Embassy of Italy in Beijing) and in New York City over the summer 2014 (to be announced).



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A Map of Hutopolis

Designed by LAVA and supported by RCS, the Hutopolis book is now available with the issue #36 of the Abitare magazine.



The publication contains most the projects developed during the research program as well as articles written by Aric Cheng, Massimiliano Giberti, Pedro Luis Gallego, Valter Scelsi, Elisabeth Sikiaridi, Frans Vogelaar, Tu Shan and Luisa Collina among others on the topics of green, density, bottom-up changes and soft strategies.




The people’s urbanism

Last Saturday 22th Luis Aguirre presented in Hong Kong the outcome of the Hutopolis research program at a debate entitled ‘The People´s Urbanism’ organized by AP+E for the Hong Kong/Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture (UABB).


Jeffrey Bolhuis and Laurence Lord (Founders of AP+E), Ms. Tris Kee (Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Hong Kong and Director of The Community Project Workshop) and Travis Bunt (Design Director of Urbanus, Adjunct Assistant Professor at CUHK and Executive Curator of the UABB*HK) participated at a round table about bottom up approaches for urban development in Asia and Europe.


Hutong to Hutopolis

Last December 6th, Rizzoli China, editor of Abitare Magazine, organized an event at 2013 Architects@Work Beijing edition. The publishing house is supporting the research program as a continuation of the discussion started with the monographic Issue N.34 of the Abitare magazine launched last summer.

The event counted with Professor Tu Shan from Tsinghua University and the architect QiXin. Eugenia Murialdo presented an introductory review of the projects and activities developed at Hutopolis.



Architects@Work is an event created for and by architects, designers and other industry-related professionals and focusing on quality, innovation and education.


Hutopolis at Beijing Creatives

Last Sunday Luis Aguirre talked about some of the projects developed at the Hutopolis research program during the Beijing Creatives 6.0 event.

The presentation included images and videos from two projects for the Dashilar neighborhood in Beijing developed at Tsinghua University and Polytechnic University of Valencia.  These projects, with a different approach ranging from soft strategies to hardscape solutions respectively, give an idea of the variety of urban planning typologies for improving the city.



The event counted other speakers such Julian Wilson, founder of Khnunu, Alexander Shapiro, head of strategy at DMG and the economist Lin Hui-Yi, completing a session of inspiring and creatives talks.

Hutopolis at Barcamp

Last Sunday November 3rd 2013 Giannantonio Bongiorno presented the program Hutopolis at the “BarCamp” event at the Microsoft Research Center in Beijing PRC.

Giannantonio introduced the principles of the program, the network of events realized since 2010 and the most significant outputs of the research, including projects developed with Tsinghua University, Politecnico di Milano and University of Valladolid. The keynote presentation has been followed by a discussion that highlighted the issues related to the fast urbanization process happening in China.

Hutopolis presented at the Lisbon Triennale

Hutopolis was presented at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale during the series of conferences organized by ‘Close, Closer’ and LAMIPA. Luis Aguirre talked about the scope of the program, introduced the projects outcome of the research and answered questions from the public about the urbanization process in China.


Mapping Utopias

a Talk by Hutopolis and Lava

Architects, designers and thinkers were called to look at the current conditions of cities and societies projecting their thoughts and ideas into an imaginary prospect. During the event we discussed about some of our “city visions” and how “mapping” could turn them into reality.


The event included interventions from the Hutopolis team, presenting the short movie “Transformations: a dialogue about the evolving city”, the leading agency LAVA and other lecturers from Salon.



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