The exhibition space is a dark room featuring long tables with interactive rotating panels, books and video screens. The lighting consists of spotlights from the ceiling and table lamps from the Italian brand Flos that create a warm and cosy atmosphere.
The exhibition tables have rotating panels that allow the public to interact with the content and discover information and images of the projects. The subtle lighting of the space, which focuses attention on the content rather than the continent, creates a mysterious and evocative atmosphere.
The long tables are high and allow you to comfortably read the information contained in the catalogues for each project. The ‘city visions’ edition of the exhibition was sponsored by Flos, which supplied the D’E-light lamps designed by Philippe Starck.
The spatial planning of the exhibition space allows several groups of people to enjoy the content simultaneously in a calm and evocative atmosphere. Each table is associated with a screen on which a documentary is projected to expand on the information shown in the books and rotating panels.
A child interacts with the touch screen of the exhibition which, like an urban game, allows you to drag and drop elements in the urban space to create your own hutong. The iinteractive app allows you to understand the urban parameters that determine the diversity of traditional Chinese neighbourhoods.
The exhibition hall has four illuminated tables with infographics and illustrations explaining the four fundamentals of urban planning. Above the displays, the ceiling of the space is covered with a three-dimensional graphic of white lines illuminated with ultraviolet light on a black background.
The main hall of the exhibition displays a three-dimensional graphic depicting the disparity of urban models in China. The graphic forms a hyperbolic paraboloid that occupies the ceiling like a huge infographic. The ultraviolet light makes the white lines stand out against the black background.
A large touch screen allows visitors to the exhibition to interact with the urban parameters of the Hutong and to understand the balance and diversity of the neighbourhood. The screens are made of projection, infrared cameras and sensors that detect movement. Users can drag and drop buildings to modify the urban fabric.
The exhibition shows an infographic with the characteristics of low-density neighbourhoods. A bar chart represents the values of mobility, urban greenery or social diversity among others. These parameters are diametrically opposed to those in the dense city model, so the union of both graphs generates a hyperbolic paraboloid on the ceiling.
Each project in the exhibition is displayed on a table with a book containing graphic content and a screen with a documentary video. The project developed by Tsinghua University in Beijing explains the reuse of collective housing buildings in the hutong.