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19-21 June 2024
Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center

About the Summit

Some of the biggest challenges that we face today, in which design across all its sectors plays a fundamental role, is the implementation of environmental strategies to ensure a sustainable future.

As the parameters of design are shifting rapidly towards a planet-first approach, we are being led to question what we make and what we do. We are living beyond our planetary boundaries;  to re-stabilise our planet's finely tuned eco-system, we need to be guided by nature.

"Good design must now consider environmental impact”

Architects, property developers and urban planners are the starting point for urban and rural developments. Therefore they have a responsibility to establish and embed positive environmental, social and circular strategies into urban development policies and building design.

The Sustainable Design China Summit being held this year in Shanghai World Expo Convention & Exhibition Center together with Design Shanghai, is an international platform for thought leaders, architects, designers, and innovators to come together and explore the themes that will shape the future of sustainable design. 

Our aim is to discover what is possible and share innovative insights and actionable solutions that will shape a sustainable future, by exploring the potential of design to drive positive change. During the 3-day summit, we will explore six core themes, each featuring a unique element of design's pivotal role in sustainability. Let us embark on this journey together and explore the path to building a more sustainable future by design for a better tomorrow.

Orianna Fielding 
Chief Sustainability and Content Director
Sustainable Design China Summit


6 Forward-thinking Themes

Retail Renaissance:Mall Culture and Sustainability 

  • Re-inventing the mall as the new centres of sustainability, community and culture

  • Transcending Retail spaces

  • Positioning community as the central pillar within the retail environment

Well+good: The Rise of Positive Impact Hospitality & Eco-travel

  • Positive Impact Hospitality

  • Greening Hospitality: Sustainable strategies for  Hotels and Resorts

  • Creating personalised 'low impact - high experience’ sustainable offerings for the hospitality sector.

The Economics of Climate Change

  • The economic cost of climate change

  • The role of Green finance in urban regeneration

  • How Green Fintech is Revolutionising Sustainable financing through technology

Beyond Buildings: Urban Sustainability and Smart Cities

  • Designing for the future- innovation driven decarbonised architecture

  • Developing a circular technology platform for the Net Zero Smart City

  • Climate responsive architecture and resilient design

3D Printing: Transforming the World of Design and Architecture

  • Instant architecture: Expanding sustainable design possibilities

  • How 3D printing is redefining design and architectural possibilities

  • The role of 3D printing in creating sustainable, resilient urban environments.

Future Space: Where Technology and Sustainability Meet

  • The increasing influence of AI-enhanced tech  and data science on urban planning and infrastructure design

  • AI led architecture- creating spatial experiences

  • AI- human transitions- preparing for a new reality in design and architecture 

Why Attend

Sustainable Design Inspirations

Exploring the design world through six core themes, focusing on the architecture environment, recycling strategies, groundbreaking net-zero design and other innovative solutions and cutting-edge cases of material use, presenting insights into sustainability.

 Exceptional Networking Opportunities

Network with the most influential thought leaders, designers, architects and industry pioneers from around the world at China’s ground-breaking event for sustainable design. Shape trends, explore emerging themes and discover solutions that will drive harmonious development for people, place and the global environment.

Unparalleled Experience

Presenting you not only the most brilliant minds in sustainability through the high-profile summit and workshop programmes, but also the latest design innovations from the leading material brands worldwide, as well as inspiring features.

Stellar Speaker Lineup


Summit Highlights

Watch SDS23 Replay

Pioneering Exhibitors

During the 3-day summit, we'll collaborate with outstanding design brands and material suppliers in sustainability to present an inspiring exhibition. Explore cutting-edge sustainable materials, technologies, and solutions for endless inspiration. 



Materials First

Showcasing 100+ cutting-edge design materials from 3 fascinating categories

The renowned expert in materials and design applications, Chris Lefteri, made a comeback with a captivating and upgraded installation - "Materials First". Audiences were amazed as this specially curated exhibition presented over 100 cutting-edge design materials from 3 fascinating categories: Monomaterials, Waste, and Bio-materials. Visitors explored the boundless possibilities of these materials and witnessed their incredible organic connection and interaction with design.




Guide to Recycling

Guide to Recycling

"Guide to Recycling" by Chris Lefteri Design is an exceptionally well-crafted and expertly curated publication. This comprehensive guide provides profound insights into the prevalent material recycling processes utilized in contemporary product design, while also offering invaluable perspectives on optimizing the use of recycled materials and promoting continuous improvements in recycling practices for the future.

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Previous Feature Highlights

Near & Distant

Near & Distant

Sustainable Design China Summit 2023, in collaboration with the Social Innovation and Humanity Design Research Studio from the School of City Design at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, proudly presents "Near & Distant". From an educational perspective, the summit leads a group of young designers to showcase their highly creative, loving, and visionary works. The exhibits delve into three dimensions: time, space, and events, providing an exclusive platform for the budding talents of sustainable design in China to shine.

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Finland Pavilion

Finland Pavilion

In the exhibition section of Sustainable Design China Summit 2023, we present the "Finnish National Pavilion" special project, designed by PES Architectural Design Studio, with the participation of 9 companies. This project has received full support and coordination from the Embassy of the Republic of Finland in China, the Consulate General of Finland in Shanghai, and the Finnish National Agency for Education.

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Webinars & Workshops


Get ready for an exhilarating experience! Before the grand opening of the Sustainable Design Summit, we've joined forces with authoritative media to launch a thrilling lineup of online and offline workshops. These workshops offer a priceless opportunity for the design industry to immerse themselves in sustainable issues, ignite dynamic discussions, and stay at the forefront of cutting-edge developments. It's your chance to gain valuable insights and supercharge your creativity, don't miss out!

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Past Session Highlights

Chris Lefteri

Chris Lefteri

Best principles for using materials in design
Fang Zhong

Fang Zhong

Low carbon rural and urban development
Hong Kian Lim

Hong Kian Lim

Building Cities, Shaping Lives | Sustainable Concept in Urban Development

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