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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1. PhD

The speed of urbanisation in China as well as its political structures has resulted in insurmountable socio-economic inequalities affecting ordinary citizens, their rights to housing and to participate in the transformations of their urban environments. China’s standard planning procedures that are state-led, profit-driven and have little regard towards those disenfranchised by rapid urbanisation is met with artistic practices that draw attention to the potential of art for social criticism, stimulating debate and empowering civil society towards social changes. This thesis is an analysis of critical spatial practices in China, exploring its critical and transformative potential as a practice on the interface of socially-engaged art, architecture and urbanism. It focuses on practitioners working under top-down processes of urban regeneration and artistic strategies that employ public participation as a condition for the democratisation of spatial production.

Ruth Mateus-Berr
Martin Krenn (advisor)