Beijing’s Zaha Hadid-Designed Airport

Officially open as of last week, the Daxing International Airport (PKX) in Beijing was conceptualized by the late Zaha Hadid to accommodate an incredible number of passengers and to allow natural light to permeate every corner—the honeycomb-style ceiling making this possible. The $11.5 billion project began in 2014 and will see 45 million passengers pass through annually (100 million by 2025). And while Hadid and …

Beijing Design Week 2019: Design China Beijing

Thoughtful, functional and innovative creations from the annual event

A decade since it began, Beijing Design Week remains the most prominent design event hosted in China. Kicking off earlier this month, the exhibition runs 5 September through 7 October and plays host to countless cultural and creative happenings. This year it has spread to the future interconnected mega-city of Jing-ji-ji (Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei) and beyond—even reaching the coastal city of Qingdao. The magnitude of the event—and …

“UPPRINTING FOOD” at Beijing Design Week 2018

Exploring the future of food analysis and 3D-printed meals in China and beyond

Human-centered design and sustainability have rightly become global priorities. In China, more often known for its megacities and high-speed urbanization, these were core themes at this year’s Beijing Design Week (BDW). As global resources shrink and climate change will soon impact the way we eat, food becomes a key aspect of sustainable development—especially in China, where the richness and diversity of local food culture struggles to keep …