Written By Jessica Rapp Via Jingdaily.com
Beijing Design Week grows every year to include areas in Beijing that have made waves in the city’s design and sustainability scene, so it seems fitting that Indigo, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified building, and Parkview Green, the first mixed-use commercial project in the capital to achieve a LEED Platinum level, would be added to the list of core hosts this year. High fashion, high-tech innovation, and sustainability all come together at these two shopping malls-turned-temporary Design Hop spots through a series of workshops, exhibitions, and installations.
Parkview Green’s Design Hop highlight breaks world records with a 3D pavilion by the Laboratory for Creative Design, a China-based 3D printing technology research organization. Named “Vulcan,” the stark white, undulating installation is comprised of more than 1,000 smaller pieces connected together to make up the largest 3D-printed structure in the world. The structure itself came out of an aim to recreate the intricacies of the silkworm cocoon, but the result is more than a piece of art—it’s yet another manifestation of an evolving design technology that is widely expected to have the potential to make the manufacturing industry more sustainable and eco-friendly.
Parkview Green launched their Design Hop exhibition on Friday with a fashion show by NE-TIGER, in which models complemented the Shandong-born designer’s latest collections by wearing statement 3D-printed headgear, necklaces, and body armor designed by students at the Nanjing School of Fine Art. These elaborate accessories aim to “explore the virtual field of the body, which has been draped in fabric, adorned with accessories, and intoxicated by fast food,” and were created using software that digitally maps body movements.