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Milan Expo. To follow Shanghai’s model is not a good idea

Milan Expo. To follow Shanghai’s model is not a good idea

The recent arrest of seven top level managers and members of parliament over alleged attempts to influence public tenders for Milan’s Expo 2015 has spur a debate over the practicality of Italy’s plans to stage an international showcase event and help kick-start the economy. Italian newspaper fears an impending return of Bribesville, a scandal that brought down Rome’s post-war political order in the early 1990s, and led many Italian commentators to question if the project for Expo 2015 has always been a big mistake. Most famously economist and Bocconi University professor Roberto Perrotti talked about a deal worth 14 billion...
Chinese luxury brands, it started with a broken Durex

Chinese luxury brands, it started with a broken Durex

Last summer viral marketers at Durex posted this wonderful photoshopped image of China’s glamorous First Lady 彭丽媛 Peng Liyuan and president 习近平 Xi Jinping watching a folk dance presentation near the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza in Southern Mexico. It was uploaded to Durex’s official account on Weibo, Chinese biggest microblogging platform, and was almost immediately deleted by the authors themselves, in fear to get the whole account blocked by the censor. Before becoming the target of Durex viral campaign, this photo was already spreading like a wildfire through Chinese web, because it shows the first lady snapping a picture with a white iPhone 5, just months after CCTV and the People’s Daily attacked Apple for...
In defense of bad education

In defense of bad education

Creativity education in China is a controversial topic. Chinese creative education surely has its pros and cons, like anywhere in the world. A pro is the cheap cost of raw materials and relatively cheap cost of labor that allow Chinese designers and students to take risks and experiment. In Beijing, markets for DIY construction materials are everywhere in the city, and with some bargaining you can get anything you can think about for an unthinkably cheap price. A con is for sure the highly bureaucratic National Higher Education Entrance Examination, commonly known as 高考 Gaokao, the only criterion for tertiary...
Designed in China, a quick anthology

Designed in China, a quick anthology

If you ask a lot of Chinese designers why their design is Chinese, they will say they cannot articulate it. Chinese design doesn’t have a straightforward, cohesive identity yet. It’s not possible to say exactly where Chinese design is heading to, and young generations are still experimenting, leading some to think it will always be undefined. Due to the relatively cheap cost of raw materials and labor, Chinese designers can afford to take risks. As I already said, Fashion has been leading the way in establishing a Chinese design identity. Anyway, we are witnessing an organic movement within the local...
多元品牌和精致生活品牌在中国的崛起

多元品牌和精致生活品牌在中国的崛起

在北京,好像每个人都开着一间古着店(复古店,vintage shop)。不论是鼓楼商圈里来自美国的复古牛仔,乡村摇滚风古着店,还是更加欧式的三里屯House Of Willow, 各式各样的古着精品店...
3 reasons why coworking is booming in China and what’s next?

3 reasons why coworking is booming in China and what’s next?

According to real estate services firm Jones Lang Lasalle, by the end of 2016 there were over 500 coworking sites in Shanghai and Beijing alone, compared to just a few in the end of 2015. As the sharing economy takes root in China with increasing vigour, a growing number of Chinese customers are shifting to a collaborative consumption lifestyle, resulting in a huge boom of co-working spaces in recent years with thousands of operators emerging. Generally speaking this is a mindset change: from owning something to renting something. Since this ‘new’ mindset is not totally a new thing in China, coming from a collectivist...
Why car-sharing is about to explode in China

Why car-sharing is about to explode in China

Disruptive changes in the car-sharing landscape are to be expected from the Chinese market, pushed by an increasing demand for connected vehicles and by the impellent emergency of pollution and cars congestion. On one side, according to estimates from Goldman Sachs, people born between 1980 and 1990 made up roughly 30% of China’s total population in 2015. They are more urban, more affluent almost all digital natives. These connected consumers are now turning their attention to the country’s car market, demanding connected cars at far higher rates than elsewhere. On the other, Chinese officials are seeking to harness the flood of private...