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DuPont™ Corian® Sponsored Urban Picnic Project in Hong Kong

DuPont sponsored Urban Picnic which is designed by Jason Carlow (in picture)

Urban Picnic at night (Photo taken by Nathan King)

December 2009, Hong Kong – Corian® China is pleased to be the proud sponsor of the Urban Picnic project designed by Jason Carlow for the 2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. The structure will be on display in Hong Kong until February 2010.

The Urban Picnic project is a prototype furniture system designed for the public spaces of Hong Kong. In consideration of ecological sustainability the units are manufactured from a combination of durable DuPont™ Corian®, made with pre-consumer recycled content and green certified, laminated bamboo plywood. When configured, the units can be flipped and rotated and connected depending on site specific conditions and programmatic requirements.

Modules are not designed specifically as chairs, lounges or tables, but as a series of platforms and surfaces that accommodate various uses. This non-programmed system was originally conceived for use in the urban Hong Kong public spaces occupied by office workers and tourists during the week and foreign domestic workers on weekends. The furniture elements can be configured in closed and open systems to accommodate large or small groups. The configurations and utilization of the modules change with the various user groups from day to night, weekday to weekend.

The Urban Picnic project seeks to explore new combinations of materials and techniques in an effort to visually and socially enhance the public realm. The system is deployed as a flexible and adaptable prototype for re-furnishing the streets, bridges and open spaces of Hong Kong.

“DuPont as the material sponsor of Corian® sheets and Speedtop (HK) Ltd. as the fabrication sponsor would like to take this opportunity to explore the endless design possibilities of Corian®. Not only can it be thermoformed into virtually any shapes, it can also combine well with other materials like bamboo. By particularly selecting White Jasmine and Canvas that contain pre-consumer recycled content, coupled with low-VOC content, we want to further promote Corian® as a green material ideal for outdoor use”, said Mr. Michael HO, Regional General Manager of Corian®, DuPont China Ltd.

Project Partners:
DuPont™ Corian® Solid Surfaces www.corian.com
Speed Top (Hong Kong) Limited www.speedtop-hk.com
Ecovision Asia Ltd www.ecovisionasia.com
Greenback International Ltd www.greenbackintl.com
BOAsia Ltd / BAMBOA www.bamboa.asia

About DuPont™ Corian®An exclusive product of DuPont, DuPont™ Corian® (www.corian.com), DuPont™ Corian® is a solid surface material used in a wide range of applications in segments as varied as hospitality, healthcare, catering, publics spaces and retail, as well as in home furnishing, furniture, lighting and decorative objects. It is a non-porous solid surface material that is stain-resistant, easy to clean, durable, renewable and repairable. Available in about 100 standard colours, DuPont™ Corian® can be shaped into virtually any conceivable design.

About DuPontDuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

About Jason CarlowJason Carlow is the Director of the Hong Kong based design firm C:A+D, Carlow Architecture and Design. His research and teaching are centered on the relationship between digital and traditional modes of drawing, modeling and fabrication. He holds a B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University and a Master of Architecture from Yale University where he won the Yen and Dolly Liang Scholarship for Design Excellence. He has worked in architecture firms in Hong Kong, New York, Berlin and Seattle and has taught architecture at a number of institutions including the University of Hong Kong, Yale University, Columbia University, and Parsons the New School for Design. Carlow is currently the Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong (www.carlow-ad.com)

About the 2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\ Architecture2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\ Architecture is a cooperative cultural event that is shared by the two cities under a “Two Cities, One Biennale” approach. Completely non-profit and funded by the Home Affairs Bureau, HKSAR Government, the Hong Kong portion of the Bi-City Biennale is aimed at promoting education and public discussion around architecture, urbanism, design and culture in a dynamic exhibition that is free and open to the public, and encourages the active participation of local Hong Kong citizens. This is a great opportunity for companies, the youth, institutions, our local community, the general public, and the entire city to participate. For details, please visit (http://hkszbiennale.org/).