Network for Social Encounters (NSE) is an organic system where connected projects keep evolving in response to social and economic threats.
NSE designers are called “Design entrepreneurs (DE)” who keep challenging the status quo. DE do intensive qualitative research aiming to understand urban dwellers’ daily lives and needs, aspirations and emotions; how these can be accommodated in the city and ultimately create a quality urban space for everyone. Each local project is individually managed, but has close connections with other sites. This culture of cooperation within the network is what makes NSE to become a successful model.
Macau was a quiet Portuguese colony, but after the handover back to China and rapid development of tourism and gaming industries in 1999, the city has suffered many negative impacts in the urban fabric, society and local community. Bad planning has made vibrant old neighbourhoods disappeared and gave way to luxurious apartments which resembles ‘middle class ghettos’. Rapid lifestyle makes urban dwellers to live ‘around the clock’ therefore deteriorating their health and social life.
Considering the pressing challenges of Macau, an urgent approach is needed. Firstly, DE will re-vitalise empty plots of lands, unused industrial buildings or other urban spaces owned by the government by injecting activities that create opportunities for locals as well as to divert tourists of crowded spots to dying neighbourhoods. Subsequently, DE will cooperate with the government to target the private sector. DE will explore socially and environmentally sustainable models which are economically attractive to private parties.
NSE has potentials to bring back previously successful models of urban living to society, and how these can evolve responding to everyday needs and challenges. I believe this network will create a vibrant urban environment, because all the members of the society participate in designing the




BIO
JOAO BAPTISTA LUNG

Architect/Designer/Artist… and… ENTREPRENEUR!
1980. Born in Macau, a multi-cultural city highly influenced by both Chinese and Portuguese cultures.
2002. Travelled around the world then stayed in the UK to be trained as an artist/spatial designer.
2005. Follow on to be educated to become an architect. Specialize in strategic thinking and creative approach to challenge the status quo questioning many existing systems and problems.
Present. Explore a number of projects of various scales, alongside with entrepreneurs, researchers, engineers and other specialists, in order to create a network of possibilities for urban and social development.