In 2018, Acts and Pathway’s was commissioned to design the main exhibition of Design City at the inaugural Suzhou International Design Week. We began our design by reflecting on the concept of “city”. Taking inspiration from the “Gusu Water City” and the “Old District and Beaten Alley” of Suzhou, we transformed the “exhibition” into an experience like “walking the streets and alleys”.
We randomly placed various exhibits reflecting the city’s themes in “alleyways” throughout the city, allowing them to tell their own stories, and in doing so, the exhibition tells a story representative of the entire city. The creative process of our design was similar to constructing a city within an exhibition hall, in our handling of spatial relationships we incorporated the experience of walking through the city into the overall design.