Design! The Future, part 2, Gwangju Design Biennale 2018

Design! The Future, an exploration of ways to improve the future through design. Discover designs that solve social issues, improve our homes, and promote health and sustainability using smart technology. An exhibition in collaboration with research institutes, universities and design groups. The exhibition presents projects suggesting how smart technologies can tackle future challenges. The exhibition presents projects suggesting how smart technologies can tackle future challenges. It consists of two parts – student projects and guest projects of professional designers.

What will our lives look like in the future? Thoughts about the future conjure excitement and anxiety. But the future doesn’t just happen – we make it. So we must take control and create the future we want. This exhibit assets that design is a driving force to change the world. We’ll also take a look at the smart technologies that experts think could bring about the fourth industrial revolution.

Mobility in the Future
What will be the future of mobility? Let’s take a look at the future of mobility through inventions and improvements that respond to the human desire to move freely from place to place, including visual media, three-dimensional models, real-life vehicles, and virtual reality.


Haven (2017)
by Sam Philpott, RCA
Haven is an autonomous vehicle for people with mental illness.

Wearable Robots
by Klio Design (Kwak Jung-hwan, Yoon Jeong-che)
This wearable robot exoskeleton assists the muscle movement of the user, helping empower people with physical disabilities.

Micro Mobility (2015)
by Klio Design (Hwang Sunung, Park Hyunje)
This customized mobility solution was created by using 3D printing technology. The Open Structure Mobility Concept shows the future direction for personal mobility design.

AutonoME (2016)
by Javier Gallardo
It was inspired by the concept of a wearable suit and was influenced by the appearance of scorpion. The designer recognized that speed is an important sensation, and wanted to enhance the sense of joy in movement.

Autonomous Caddy Robot (2016)
by Kookmin University Koh Yu-hoon, Kim Dae-hyun, Park Jang-soon, Tak Jin-tae
This autonomous transportation vehicle was designed for people who enjoy golf and other outdoor leisure activities, providing an autonomous vehicle capable of maneuvering.

Future shopping
Technology can make shopping easier – artificial intelligence, speech recognition, cameras and machine learning can connect customers directly to merchants. In the future, self-sufficiency can be enhanced by the capabilities of products to ‘self-manufacture’.


scene of future shopping exhibition
While this exhibition is merely exploratory, it provides a glimpse of how the next industrial revolution will change our lives and the economy.

by Lee Joo-hong
The GoCart is an autonomous and versatile delivery robot. It carries out repetitive tasks and can transport heavy loads of up to 300kg at a time.

Google Cardboard
by Google
Google Cardboard was Google’s first virtual reality entry. This inexpensive VR headset provides access to 3D virtual reality by simply attaching a smartphone to a corrugated cardboard frame with two lenses and a magnet.

Lost Luggage
by Janne Kyttanen
This project, entitled ‘Lost Baggage,’ offers an innovative proposal to create a travel kit from a single computer file, using 3D printing. With a 3D printer, you can print everything you need right where you need it, no matter where you are.

by Jin Jeonghoi
XD‒X8U is a drone created for public safety and disaster relief. It features a multipurpose operating system capable of monitoring and providing reconnaissance over mountainous terrain, delivering relief aid.

Mini Post
by Kim Tae-gwan
This drop box provides mail, parcel, and courier services, as well as payments and receiving goods. Conventionally, remote drop boxes required Internet-connectivity.

Renewable energy
A look at the products, policies and studies exploring and exploiting renewable energy.With a better understanding of renewable energy, people are more empowered to make good decisions – both at an individual and a community and national level


Sol Bag (2016)
by Samsung C&T Fashion Division
This clutch bag can harness sunlight and charge portable batteries and smartphones, making sustainable energy technology stylish and easy to use.

Panel system for the landscape-friendly photovo… (2016)
by Choi Tae-ok
The light collecting plate of the photovoltaic power generation system is exposed to the outside of the building.

Generally, it separates from the appearance of the building and follows the inefficient installation method not only from the visual point of view but also economically.

Current Window (2015)
by Marjan van Aubel
This colored glass generates electricity from daylight, and can even harness diffused sunlight. The electricity that’s generated can be used to power a whole range of electrical appliances.

Solar Paper (2016)
Solar paper can reliably charge a smartphone in about 2.5 hours on a sunny day-which is about the same capacity as a wall charger.

PackLite Series (2013)
by LuminAID (Anna Stork, Andrea Sreshta)
The Packlite series was first developed to help refugees in Haiti after an earthquake. It can be charged with sunlight or via USB, and it’s waterproof, so it’s useful in disaster situations as well as in outdoor activities such as hiking and camping.

Gwangju Design Biennale
The Gwangju Design Biennale, hosted by Gwangju City and organized by the Gwangju Design Center (GDC) Foundation, is held biennially at the Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall within the Gwangju Jungoe Park and other downtown areas in odd-numbered years between September & October, with various exhibitions and events. Along with exhibitions containing the discourses as the Design Biennale’s values, the Gwangju Design Biennale, is attempting to present the future and expand aesthetic, practical and economic values as designs’ attributes.

Located in the South West of the Korean peninsula, Gwangju has been known for its historical tradition of art and culture. Gwangju Biennale has contributed to its budding progress and to the emergence of Korean art on the international stage. The Gwangju Biennale, as such, has been a driving force for the contemporary art of Korea and an agent linking the arts throughout the globe.

For the last twenty-three years, the Gwangju Biennale has emerged as a network for international cultural exchanges and a platform for the visual arts, while producing discourses on contemporary art. Embodying the general value of human civilization through the medium of the visual arts, the Gwangju Biennale will continue to disseminate messages of democracy, human rights, and peace throughout Asia and the world, as well as within local communities.

The Gwangju Biennale will always reflect the vigor of its establishment and endeavor to lead aesthetic discourses on experimental and cutting-edge arts, while providing opportunities for more communication with the public and exploring the spirit of our time. We pursue for constant change and innovation to always seek for something new in order to solve our concerns and uncertainties about the present and the future.