GIGA Material Challenge 2015 Fall Session: Returning Champions HPP Win Again


GIGA hosted the final session of it’s third annual Material Challenge series at the Yang Museum of Design in Shanghai on the 25th of October.

Architects and designers learn more about products when they experience them first-hand. By pairing the design community with participating suppliers, GIGA Material Challenges offer a day of intensive play-based learning with materials and finishes. There isn't a more interactive, materials-focused competition that is this much fun anywhere!


GIGA Material Challenge Shanghai: While it rained outside, Gensler reigned inside!


Plum Rains poured down over Shanghai last Saturday, but inside, there was plenty of heated competition taking place at the Yang Design Museum.

Providing an amazingly unique backdrop, the Yang Design Museum graciously hosted GIGA's 4th Material Challenge and the industrial factory-turned-museumwas a flurry of excited architects, designers and material suppliers. True to form, the GIGA Material Challenge showcased five of the industry's truly innovative manufacturer's in a forum unlike any...

GIGA Material Challenge 2014 Remaining Schedule


Want designers to experience your materials like above?

Based on popular demand from both Designers and yourselves, GIGA is planning a whole year of Material Challenges, in both Shanghai and Beijing. The event calendar is released:

Dates may differ slightly depending on the availability of venues.

INTRODUCTION: GIGA & GIGA Material Challenge

GIGA is a building and material think tank with locations in Shanghai, Beijing and Montreal. One of GIGA's aims is to research cutting-edge...

Event Review:GIGA Material Challenge @ Expo Build China

Three days of competitions, three days of winners and three days of fun! ExpoBuild China was an incredible event and was a great setting for another exciting, informative and challenging GIGA Material Challenge.

Back by popular demand and, and for three solid days (March 31st - April 2nd) thousands of visitors from the design, architecture and construction industries flooded the Shanghai New International Exposition Center, eager to see the latest in material and design innovations....

Event Review:GIGA Material Challenge- 2014 Beijing


“Such a great event, we had a great time. Team building, learning and fun all in one! "

On March 1st, 2014 Beijing played host to GIGA's Material Challenge. Created to give Designers hands-on exposure to industry leading materials, the event challenged teams of Designers to experiment with materials to complete design problems. In the process, participants learned about and experienced the benefits of materials, building their knowledge and expertise while having fun.

The Material...

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Greenwalk 1: Complete!

Organized by Shanghai Flaneur and the Ecodesignfair, the first Greenbuilding walk was given by our experts Scott Burroughs and Ashley Reta last week-end (April 7th, 2012). Focused on the Jing-An district, the walk included Central POD Office Complex designed by A_A&D, the LEED Gold skyscraper: Eco-City 1788 Nanjing Lu, The Haworth Showroom, a house renovation on Wanhangdu and the Carbon Neutral URBN Hotel, both by A00 Architecture. More green walks are planned in...

Organized Chaos: GIGA Match

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We love experiments. We wondered what would happen when we threw ahand-picked group of China's top green designers and manufacturers together to discuss projects and materials. The result was a fun, energetic, fast-paced, and productive pilot event. Our select group took over Sushi Abuse, Shanghai's hippest new Japanese restaurant, for a day of speed dating and workshops. Within 6 hours, 27 designers and 28 manufacturers had over 260 meetings, drank 143 glasses of water and tea, ate 45 pieces...

Paper; the grass is always greener.

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There are a slew of articles discussing the green merits of recycled paper vs. virgin paper produced from managed forests. An old debate, and one of the earliest discussion points in this whole green design paper malaise. These articles are mainly to defend and promote recycling actions, and to have us change our mindset towards maximizing our resources. All shouldered by that catchy slogan to 'save the trees'.But for me, these articles leave the question of why we are still using trees for...

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