Exhibition - Miao Xia: Community Kitchen


  1. Opening | Friday, 11th December, 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
  2. Closing | Monday, 18th January, 10.00 am

Exhibition - Miao Xia: Community Kitchen

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Design and Department of Applied Social Sciences are pleased to announce the exhibition of the Miao Xia Community Kitchen project. The exhibition presents the design and construction process of a community kitchen in Miao Xia village (廟圷村) in rural Sichuan during 2015. The resulting kitchen enables the villagers to develop new cooperative organizations and social enterprises, thereby extending the village capacity for income generation through festivals and community events that contribute to the villagers’ capability for sustainable development.


The project stems from a collaboration between the Action Research of the Department of Applied Social Sciences (APSS) and Participatory Design conducted by the School of Design (SD). The collaboration put in place the software (local understanding, dialogue and engagement; social systems, services and enterprises) and the hardware (participatory designed and constructed spaces and products, capacity development and skill extension) that can help foster positive and sustainable change in the village.


The exhibition manifests the work as a dialogue and exchange between various participants in the design and construction process by revealing the stages and cycles of development in the project. Furthermore it shows that the linking of the social and design in the realization of this project are inextricably connected. Design in this instance is not the final outcome but the process of engagement, generation of meaning, and the development of co-determined outcomes allowing the villagers to take ownership of their kitchen. More than 40 people took part in the design and construction process.  

The project has been generously supported by the Keswick Foundation and DGRF funds from SD.

Organizers             |              Peter Hasdell (E+I SD) + Dr Ku Hok-bun (APSS) + Brian Lee (IPD SD) + Kuo Jze Yi (E+I SD)