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Dong Hao was invited to participate in the book presentation “Human City”

October 28th, Dong Hao was invited to participate in the book presentation “Human City”, jointly held by HorizonBooks, Sanlian Humanistic City and Chengdu Fangsuo Bookstore.

The guests included Wang Hui (founder of URBANUS), Song Zhuangzhuang (co-founder of Diduhui) and Jia Dongting (editor of Human City, Executive editor of Sanlian Humanistic City & Sanlian Zhongdu).

The evenings topic circled around  “Local and Nomadic: Urban Curiosity in the Digital Age”. It is not difficult to understand the idea of “Local”.  However, “Nomadic” is a new phenomenon. The so-called “nomad” is specifically refering to “digital nomads”, which has become a global phenomenon and a new individual way of life. The rise of digital nomads has led to exceeding thinking about the relationship between individuals and cities: in the era of virtual interaction, what significance is physical space carrying? What are the new demands being placed on space and cities?

With the theme of “How Design Breaks the Boundary of Identity”, Dong Hao illustrates his understanding of the relationship between people and cities in the digital era from the perspective of architectural design through Crossboundaries projects.

In Dong Hao’s view, the “digital age” is different from the “aesthetic” habits we have known in the past, including the thinking patterns of formal beauty that we have thought in the past.

Even the future architecture may not be fixed as today, its form and space may change with the different daily needs of humans, different life stages, and responds more directly to the needs of people. Considering this, it cannot be evaluated by traditional aesthetic standards. It is maybe even possible that in the future buidlings, can change at any time, like clothes, and move indefinitely. 

This could be a historical change, a change in the nature of building materials.

Today’s changes are disruptive, and therefore people’s behaviorial patterns are changing as well. In fact, the traditional concept of architecture cannot perfectly adapt to the psychological needs of people. In the future, with the development of technology,we will enter an era of “tailor-made” architecture.