+ Li Zhang 🇨🇳
Honourable Mention of the Market 2.0: Circular Economy Hub
1) Could you briefly introduce yourself?
I’m a junior student majoring in Art Design of Beijing Normal University, where I cultivated good hand-drawing skills and space design skills. Paying attention to social issues has been a way for me to draw inspiration for design.
2) What inspired you for the Market 2.0?
When I noticed the topic of this competition, I surprisingly found that I had great interest in the theme ‘market’, as it’s a microcosm of the society. I wondered if I could create a new generation mode of a market to help solve some common problems of every market, so the key point of the design is how the special operation mode will work in this type of the market.
3) Can you describe any particular challenges you faced during the design process and how
you overcame them?
After confirming the keyword of our work, I started to search for a way to combine them together. How to restore the environment and meanwhile fix up the broken relationship of the consumers and the transactors is the most difficult point. Luckily, I found the market is a mode evolved from the development of the land when I looked up for the process of market forming. All the factors coincidentally strung together.
4) How do you think your educational background or professional experiences influenced your winning design?
I remembered there was a time I took a course in sociology in my sophomore year. I gained many useful thought patterns there, which helped me to finish this competition.
5) What advice would you give to students or young professionals looking to excel in architecture competitions?
We cannot just use a traditional architecture design way to solve a complex question like the topic of the competition. Multi-dimensional thinking is necessary, which is important for every student who wants to make a career in architectural design.
6) What are your future aspirations in the field of architecture?
From my perspective, focusing on the social and human issues behind design is the core of design. It is very interesting to indirectly influence the behavioral activities of the participants by designing space to address the hidden issues, which might be the future direction of design for all of us.