The long-awaited Shenzhen Design Week is back. From today to Aug. 30, Shenzhen will experience an unrivaled creative frenzy during Shenzhen Design Week 2020.Thirty-three design institutions and 800 designers from 20 countries and regions will attend this annual meeting of the design world, offering the best of trends and design innovations.Themed Fusion of Design, the 2020 edition is divided into 10 key sections, which will be mainly presented online. More than 40 activities in various forms, both online and offline, will be staged in nearly 20 sub-venues across the city.
Citizens can watch online exhibitions via the WeChat miniprogram or the official website (http://sz.design/) of Shenzhen Design Week, and can also log onto bilibili platform to search the official account of “Shenzhen Design Week” (深圳设计周) and watch the livestreaming events.
Top 5 highlights of SZDW2020
01.Shenzhen Design for 40 Years
The year 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, and is also a key year for the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area as well as building Shenzhen into a pilot demonstration area of socialism with Chinese characteristics.As China’s 1st and the world’s 6th city winning the title of UNESCO City of Design, Shenzhen has set up a special exhibition named Shenzhen Design for 40 Years in this year’s Design Week.The exhibition aims to review the remarkable achievements of Shenzhen in the field of design in the past 40 years and ponder upon the future design scene in Shenzhen.
02.Guest of Honour – The Netherlands
As the guest country of honour of Shenzhen Design Week 2020, the Netherlands has a large area of land below sea level. Due to this special geographical environment, the Netherlands has accumulated rich experience in using design to solve multiple challenges in the water sector.During Shenzhen Design Week, the Netherlands will present its practices in the field of water, sharing creative energy with the general public with an exhibition themed Water as Leverage for Sustainable Development.
A series of online forums under the same theme of the exhibition will be held from Aug. 25 to 28, when 16 Chinese and Dutch water experts will share their vision of humanity’s relationship with water.
03.Theme Exhibition – Leonardo Da Vinci
The thematic exhibition of Shenzhen Design Week 2020, titled Crossing Innovation – Leonardo da Vinci, will lead the audience to a journey transcending time and space, starting from the town where da Vinci was born.
The audience can enjoy not only world-famous masterpieces such as Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, but also full-size replicas of da Vinci’s precious manuscripts of scientific inventions.
04.Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents (SDAY)
The Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents is a key event of the City Culture Menu in Shenzhen. During Design Week, a series of events related to the award are also to be staged to welcome the creative effervescence of emerging designers. Awarding Ceremony took place online on the popular domestic platform Bilibili on Sunday 16 August. An offline excellent design exhibition of the award is held in the Jupiter Museum of Art from 15 to 30 August.
05.Shenzhen Global Design Award (SDA)
【DESIGN PING+PONG serial talks】review
DESIGN PING+PONG is a special event for the 2020 Shenzhen Global Design Award (SDA) that invites designers from different categories of architecture, advertisement, fashion, product design to share the latest practices and cases and inspire design thinking via talks and forums. There were 5 online talks taking place from 31st May to 28th June. Review of the talks is available on wechat news.
【SDA2020 calls for entries】
As the pandemic is currently still raging in many countries and regions, how we cope with it is a common task for all of us, and it raised new topics for the global design communities. The SDA organizing committee sets up a special edition for 2020 – Anti-Coronavirus Product Design Award, and invite designers and design companies around the world to enter to find more and better solutions to combat this disease.Both tangible and conceptual projects are eligible as entries. Deadline for submission is 14 October 2020. For more info, please visit website: https://se.s-d-a.org