Ji Shenglin, Fu Jiping
2 December 2015
by Jacob de Munnik
Supported by the GREAT Britain campaign and the British Council, the winners of the Think Design MAKE competition have won a prize trip to the UK in January to undertake a tour of key designers and design institutions.
The competition was held as part of our New British Inventors campaign which celebrates pioneering British designers and creates a platform for international debate about the potential for design to create the future. The campaign kicked off earlier this year with the major touring exhibition Inside Heatherwick Studio, which has so far been to Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong and will visit Taiwan in March 2016.
The Think Design MAKE competition was open to Architecture and Design students based in China and Hong Kong, who were invited to submit a design of a futuristic bridge to a judging panel made up of the UK’s leading designers, structural engineers and academics.
The trip will include a visit to the Heatherwick Studio and the Design Museum in London, and building models of their designs with guidance from UK experts at the Manchester School of Architecture.
The prize winners all demonstrated their ability to think ‘outside the box’, to come up with ambitious and fresh concepts, and to explore the limits of their imagination. Inspiration behind the winning designs ranged from silk, love, landscapes, religion and nature to the idea of a bridge being alive.