Next stop: Hutopolis
Hutopolis at Beijing Design Week is a retrospective on the urban condition of Beijing and specifically its Hutongs.
Imagined as an exploration in three chapters on the urban fabric of the old Beijing, the exhibition wants to establish a relationship with the audience engaging an interactive dialogue. The discourse starts from a general picture of the old city, continues with a scientific breakdown into the four principles of the research and concludes at a virtual re-composition of an ideal image of Beijing.
A series of boards raise questions about the facts and present figures and info-graphics to illustrate the research, while two short movies offer a close approach to the hutongs atmosphere, the way of living and the most personal portrait of the urban and social conditions.
The exhibition is complemented with a touch screen application allowing the audience to interact with a hutong map that represents the morphology and functions of the city through an urban game.