Design often changes the lifestyle to improve the function or the quality. Sometimes, the design could badly restrict or change those habit. To avoid that bad result of the design, a passive attitude to design was accepted for the case that a number of locals in the Beijing old downtown area still throw away cigarette butt in the drain. If the drain cover is ash tray would be more effective than establishing smoking area at the corner of the street. In that way, the locals do not have to change their habit, which , to some extent, improves smoking manner.
EnGo is an off-the-grid lighting solution powered by solar and kinetic energy generated from footsteps. Inspired by natural calm shapes and maximally utilizing sunlight, it creates a new visual and social ambient, while harvesting renewable energy. With a remote management platform and an array of incorporated sensors, EnGo is an interactive piece of street furniture that maximizes resources and collects data from a site. Features like lighting color change over a smart phone and a Charge Spot for mobile devices modernize public lighting and bring potential advertisement opportunities.
Convenience is a temporary lavatory which is incorporating urban sewage. It can be placed anywhere with a sewer line and manhole cover. Because of the unique appearance, the pass water will be discharged into sewage well directly by the urinal. And it can be self-cleaning on rainy days. The municipal apartment can remove the cover and put Convenience on the top of discharge. After setting it, workers can put the manhole cover in the groove which is between two urinals’ back. The grooved-putting cover can make the product balance during service time.
SITy bench is designed as an alternative view to the use of traditional concrete as color, form and texture. SITy bench consists of a body, seating units and a 3D map. All parts will be made of concrete. By bringing a new look to the concrete seating units used in simple geometric forms and making a new design using colour, form and texture differences brings creativity to the foreground in this design. The map shows the bank's location and expects the user to understand it. During the usage period, the map will be subject to graphical and visual interventions of the users and will change.
This project was initiated at 2017 Urban Design Festival, with theme of “Creating Better City Life Through Design”, a design campaign co-produced by Urban China Magazine and AssBook. Xu Zhifeng was invited as designer to renovate a small part - 20 litter bins on the Yuyuan Road, which enjoys everlasting reputation for its cultural and architecture beauty and value. After interview with the sanitation workers, Xu decided to keep only the same liners and ex-dimensions, create a whole new outlook by minimal material, details, signs and colors, max functions of the bin embed a smoking station.