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Chuntian Hu
Service Design MA

Royal College of Art

Specialisms: Service Design / Mixed Specialisms / Event Management

Location: London, United Kingdom

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Chuntian Hu

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First Name: Chuntian

Last Name: Hu

Specialisms: Service Design / Mixed Specialisms / Event Management

Sectors: Product / Architecture / Interiors / Digital/Visual Communication/Film

My Location: London, United Kingdom

University / College: Royal College of Art

Course / Program Title: Service Design MA


I am a multidisciplinary creative. I enjoy cross-disciplinary collaboration and believe that creativity and imagination have the power to promote social change. My background is in product design and I graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in China. After graduating, I worked in the intelligent manufacturing industry first as a product designer and then in the social innovation industry as a project manager. I undertook long-term fieldwork on ecology and poverty in the mountains of southwest China and it was this experience that led me to study Service Design at the Royal College of Art. During my time at the RCA, I also received some business training, attended the Entrepreneurial Journey course and Imperial Innovation Challenge course at Imperial College Business School, as well as the Behavioural Economics and Decision Making course at London Business School. In addition to my practice and training in design and business, I have also been working on art projects, including paintings, experimental materials, and installations. For me, design and business are my windows to explore outwards, art is my path to explore inwards. In my works, I use design to build the skeleton, and I use metaphors to weave the skin. I am exploring poetic service and, at the same time, I am experimenting with art with a spirit of service.

Canal Dream synthesizes post-pandemic wellbeing, creative practice, and asset regeneration. Connecting the UK's most vibrant creative assets to declining canal assets through moving dream boats. Using London's canal network as a frame and the Regent's Canal as a place to implement measures, we unite different disciplines of dream-makers (freelance creatives) to develop a range of dream services (creative practices) along the waterways, including moving theatre, moving workshops, moving events, moving movies... in order to bring comfort to residents, vitality to the community, and care to the city; and also to give freelance creatives the opportunity to create and connect to the society; in addition, to explore the possibility of transforming the canal, an industrial asset of the past, into a creative and cultural space of the future. We have now travelled 6 dream stations on the Regent's Canal and worked with over 90 dream makers from 11 top art colleges in London. And our dream supporters include private boats, community boat clubs, gallery boats, Inland Waterway Association, and London Canal Museum. In May, Inland Waterways Association invited us to participate in Canalway Cavalcade 2022, which is the largest waterway festival in London. Then IWA awarded the Marcus Boudier Trophy to us. And in June 2022, Canal Dream was shortlisted for Helen Hamlyn Design Awards.