Art —
  1. OBI
  3. Deterrent Designs
  4. Dear Spartacus
  5. War on Cash
  6. Would you like to complain?
  7. Social Design Team

Applied Urbanism — 
  1. Invisible Social Dimensions
  2. 1st Urban Playground
  3. Das andere Möbel
  4. Hassling Hasselaar
  5. Still Only Human  
  6. Metabolism
  8. Eco Label
  9. Museum of Pacific Arts

Research — 
  1. Publications

Info —
  1. Virginia Lui is an artist, social designer and researcher. She holds an MA in Social Design and BA in Architecture. Lui’s works pivots between design – mostly for social innovation – public art and theory. She works in site-based performance, text, photography and drawing with the emphasis on artistic research. Much of her work can be categorised as Socially-engaged Art.
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6. 有心

The project is an investigation into secondhand bookstores in the city of Shenzhen as symptomatic of the setbacks that have arisen from high-speed urbanism and top-down urban renewal strategies, in addition to other sub-forces such as digitisation and consumption. 

The disappearance of these quotidian family-owned businesses reflects the lack of governmental efforts to preserve the “cityness” – where productive intersections and activities happen  in dilapidating areas as top-down strategies with limited awareness of its implications towards gentrification are being applied. Once a bustling street filled with privately owned stores selling a whole variety of affordable everyday items, now suffers from vacancy and demolition.

Second-hand bookstores reflect the vitality, richness and sustainable qualities of urban villages while providing affordable resources for learning and a venue for social exchange. Personal conversations with locals and stakeholders from the book industry reveal that there is a lack of appreciation and understanding towards the social function of second-hand books/bookstores.

You Xin is a performance, gesture and social action that aims to restore appreciation and value towards second-hand books and envision future neighbourhood venues as multifunctional spaces where informal learning and exchange takes place.

Virginia Lui, Aki Lee


is a common Chinese expression and the project’s title that describes the motivation for the project. It literally translates to “you have a heart” which is likened to “you are very thoughtful”. It is used in contexts when people show care towards other people, to one's neighbourhood, urban environment or nature.