- The main objective of the program is to generate tangible prototypes and solutions along the theme of "DESIGN H(ij)ACK - When Art & Design Meet Public Space". Cross-disciplinary collaboration is a necessity, combined with strong knowledge integration from research, concepts, design, to execution.
- “DESIGN H(ij)ACK” encourages all participants to think differently, design efficiently, and work economically, mostly important: collectively. May it be a discarded chair, an abandoned space or structure, public infrastructure that is no longer functioning or valid, or playground related - through "DESIGN H(ij)ACK" interventions are expected to become innovative inventions.
- Collaborative initiatives within architecture and public art will be emphasized. We will address different areas of design that manifest in new media technologies, social spaces and public art.
- Situated in the unique context in certain cities around the world, participants will produce a series of design solutions that aim to solve the pressing issues only manifested within the local context. Since this process must necessarily involve first hand experiences, this direct engagement is key for students to excel outside the academic realm.
- Participants will go through a full process to realize their visions from concept to production. And are expected to learn from this experience by balancing outcome and resource limitations such as labor, speed, budget, material, location, and technology.
- Parallel to the design program, “DESIGN H(ij)ACK” hosts a series of thematic lectures on art and architecture delivered by international masters and local art & design practitioners, simultaneously it also offers fun trips to major cultural sites and production factories.