In April 2021, a group of 6th form students at YK Pao, one of China’s highest profile private schools, were set a Business Challenge by the senior design team at Geely Design, a global network of design studios that support Geely Auto Group, with studios in Shanghai, Gothenburg, Barcelona, California, and Coventry. The programme was sponsored by St James’s Place, China.
The students were asked to consider the link between the education experience for the community, means of travel and the role of technology in 2040 in a growing city called Xiongan, China.
The questions addressed were: How will they get to school? How will the mode be environmentally sustainable? How will young people be taught? How will technology or apps be used to communicate? The ideas did not have to be limited to ‘cars’ – options could be underground, on water, in the air or something that yet does not physically exist.