About

Cubic Journal, is published in conjunction with Cubic Society and the Cubic Research Network as an academic platform aimed at the dissemination of design enquiry and design related research.

Operating from within The Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Design, the platforms aims to draw together global scholars in order to generate, exchange and discuss contemporary questions within the pursuit of advancing knowledge through and within a number of design disciplines.



Peter Benz

[Baptist University, Hong Kong]

Editorial Board Member.

Mr. Peter Benz studied Architecture at the University of Kaiserslautern and the Bauhaus-University Weimar in Germany, where he received his final degree in 1998. Before and after his architecture studies he also took courses in Film & Theatre Studies, Art History and Psychology at the University of Erlangen, and in Visual Communications and Product Design at Bauhaus-University respectively. His academic background enabled him to open his own exhibition & graphic-design practice after leaving university, working successfully in the field for several years. In 2001 he was invited to join the Media Faculty of the Bauhaus-University as a faculty-member of the Media Events-chair, teaching exhibition & event design, foundation courses for (media) design and experimental video-courses. In September 2006 he took up position at the Academy of Visual Arts, initially teaching Spatial Design and other visual arts subjects for the BA (Hons) in Visual Arts-programme, for which he also serves as the Programme Director since September 2008. Starting from academic year 2011/12 I have additionally been teaching various courses for AVA’s new Master of Visual Arts (Experience Design)programme, for which he equally is in charge of as the concentration coordinator. He lives in Hong Kong.

dr.ir. Gerhard Bruyns

[School of Design, PolyU, Hong Kong]

Editorial Board Member / Operational Editor.

Dr. ir. Gerhard Bruyns is Assistant Professor of the School of Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, where he is the deputy discipline leader to the Environmental and Interior Unit. Although trained as an architect [B-Arch], he holds both a Master of Science and PhD in Urbanism from the Delft University of Technology. Dr Bruyns has focussed on publishing and edited books on urbanisation processes and urban development. Until 2013 Dr Bruyns was Assistant Professor of Architecture, TU Delft, as well as a guest lecturer at DIA, Anhalt, in Dessau, Germany [2010- 2012], and Distinguished Scholar at the University of Pretoria, South Africa [since 2016]. His interests and research are mostly related to urban issues with his current research focused on the questions of territoriality and occupation within the geopolitical and spatial frameworks of Asia and the inherent forms of dwelling. He lives in Hong Kong.

dr. Jörn Bühring

[School of Design, PolyU, Hong Kong]

Editorial Board Member.

Dr. Jörn Bühring is Research Assistant Professor of the School of Design. He currently convenes the School’s ‘Design Economies’ research stream as well as the ‘Ignite Innovation’ program, specifically aimed at fostering Industry-University collaboration through tailored program initiatives. He holds a BA in Tourism Management, an M.B.A. (VU) in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and a PhD (SWIN) in Consumer Engagement Innovation. His work experience and academic qualifications range from corporate management, innovation, marketing and brand development as part of industry, project initiatives, start-ups and new business formations. As a global citizen, dr. Bühring has worked across a wide range of organizational cultures and geographic locations in Germany, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia, and the United States. He currently resides in Hong Kong.

Leon Buker

[School of Design, PolyU, Hong Kong]

Editorial Board Member.

Leon Buker is currently completing a master’s in design (design strategies) with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He holds a BSc in computer science and a BA in philosophy, both from the Australian National University (ANU). He is midway through an MBA with the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), and has also taken courses in anthropology, psychoanalysis, art history and data analytics. Leon’s work experience includes IT infrastructure, security and systems design, as well as the management of business change, product management in the baby toy industry, and as a director of a language institute. Leon was born in South Africa, grew up and worked in Australia, then the UK, Germany, mainland China (where he twice received the award of Outstanding Foreign Expert from the Chinese government), and now Hong Kong where he currently resides.

Daniel Elkin

[School of Design, PolyU, Hong Kong]

Editorial Board Member.

Daniel K Elkin is an American designer and maker with nearly a decade of professional and pedagogical experience. He holds the position of Assistant Professor of Environment and Interior Design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His work has been featured in gallery settings such as American Design Club’s 2016 summer show “Growth” . His 2015 entry into the ArtPrize Grand Rapids competition was awarded a seed grant, and his 2016 proposal for the new Featured Projects program was chosen for the final round of judging. Mr. Elkin’s approach spans a wide range of media and techniques, emphasizing the importance of different making practices to approach a broad range of topics in architecture and design. His most recent work charts a concentration on real estate economies relationship to design-build and fabrication practices. He lives and works in Hong Kong.

dr. Pirjo Haikola

[IADE-Creative University, Portugal]

Editorial Board Member.

Dr. Pirjo Haikola is an Assistant Professor at IADE in Lisbon and a Sessional Lecturer at the Aalto University in Helsinki. Dr Haikola is a designer, researcher, and educator focussing on methodological questions relevant to arts, science and in particular Futures Studies, questioning their applications to creative work. She has worked for design agencies in Milan and Munich and conducted independent design projects in the Netherlands. Between 2008 – 2010 she held a position as a researcher and lecturer at the Why Factory Future Cities Group, Delft University of Technology, working on projects as; Automatic City, Urban Vertical Village in Asia and Arctic Imports. She has co-authored publications under the titles; Green Dream [2014], Visionary Cities [2010], and Vertical Village [2012]. Haikola holds a Full Membership to the World Futures Studies Federation.

Peter Hasdell

[School of Design, PolyU, Hong Kong]

Editorial Board Member.

Peter Hasdell is an architect, urbanist, artist and academic. A graduate from the University of Sydney and the prestigious Architectural Association in London. He has lived, taught and practiced in Australia, UK, Sweden, Netherlands, Canada, Japan and China. He has been based in HK since 2007 where he is a co-director of the architectural practice D+A h.q. Ltd. focusing on architecture and urban (master-planning) projects in China and SE Asia. His professional practice has included: strategic planning concerns on a national scale (infrastructure planning models in Switzerland), urban planning and consultancies for various cities in Europe and China and various projects (architecture and master-planning) in China including the campus for the Chinese Academy of Science and two other university masterplans, various mixed use developments and resort complexes, as well as cultural and public art projects (Sweden and the UK). He has also made and exhibited a variety of interactive art projects and interactive installations. Professor Hasdell convenes the ‘Design Social’ research stream of the School. He lives in Hong Kong.

dr. Yan Tina Luximon

[School of Design, PolyU, Hong Kong]

Editorial Board Member.

Dr. Yan Luximon (Tina) obtained her PhD in Ergonomics from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Afterwards, she has worked on several research projects in universities and has acted as a consultant for companies. She joined the ergonomics design group in the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as a postdoctoral fellow and she is currently an Assistant Professor in the School. She has been active in design research and teaching. She has published several book chapters, patents, international conference papers and peer-reviewed journal papers.

dr.ir. Camilo Pinilla

[Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Bogotá]

Editorial Board Member.

Camilo Pinilla is a Colombian graduate architect with an M.Arch. in Architectural Design from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, as well as a Master of Science in Urbanism and a PhD in Urbanism from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He is currently Associate Professor at the Architecture School of Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá, where he leads the Masters Program in Urban Design. His academic field is focused on the relationships across urban scales, particularly between large scale planning and local urban design, both in analytical as well as in prospective terms. In the field of practice, he founded and is principal of Arquitectura más Urbanismo, a firm that plans and designs urban projects and does research and consulting. His experience comprises the design of projects in Bogotá and the Netherlands, with a varied range of subjects including urban schemes, masterplans, feasibility studies, public spaces and building design.

dr.ir. Heidi Sohn

[TU Delft, The Netherlands]

Editorial Board Member.

Dr. ir. Heidi Sohn is Associate Professor of Architecture Theory at the Architecture Department of the Faculty of Architecture, TU-Delft. She received her doctoral title in Architecture Theory from the Faculty of Architecture, TU-Delft in 2006. In 2002 she received her MSc in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Faculty of Architecture, TU-Delft. Since 2007 she has been academic coordinator and interim coordinator of the Architecture Theory Section. Since 2002 she has been teaching theory seminars and design studios at the Faculty of Architecture. From 2007-2012 she was program director of the Urban Asymmetries research and design project. She is member of the Graduate School PhD mentor committee for the Architecture Department. She is co-founder of the peer-reviewed journal Footprint. She has been guest lecturer at DIA, Anhalt, in Dessau, Germany, and is visiting lecturer of architecture theory at Umeå School of Architecture in Sweden. Her main areas of investigation include genealogical enquiries of the postmodern theoretical landscape from the 1970s to the present, as well as diverse geopolitical and politico-economic expressions typical of late capitalist urbanisation. She is a licensed architect and lives in Amsterdam.

dr. Huaxin Wei

[School of Design, PolyU, Hong Kong]

Editorial Board Member.

Dr. Huaxin Wei is an Assistant Professor in the School of Design and holds a PhD from the School of Interactive Arts and Technology [Simon Fraser University, British Columbia] and a M.Sc. in Computing Science [University of Alberta, Canada]. Her primary research explores the use of interactive technologies in narrative design for digital media. In her doctoral research, she established a descriptive framework for systematic analysis of video games using a variety of structural perspectives. Her current teaching and research subjects [BA – Interactive Media and Masters of Design Interaction Design] lie in the intersection of user-centred design and interactive media, including game design and analysis, interaction design and evaluation, interactive and digital storytelling, user research and usability studies, interface design, information visualization, and human-computer interaction. She lives and works in Hong Kong.

Markus Wernli

[School of Design, PolyU, Hong Kong]

Editorial Board Member.

Markus Wernli is a doctoral candidate at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Markus Wernli is a PhD candidate with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, researching the bodily role of city dwellers in biochemical circulations. Markus’ work takes inspiration from learning encounters found at eating design studio Proef of Marije Vogelzang in Amsterdam, practicing Japanese tea ceremony with Imotosenke master Obana Ichiro in Kyoto, and impromptu composting school with ecologist David Freudenberger at the Australian National University in Canberra. In Hong Kong Markus is documenting with fellow rooftop gardeners and plant enthusiasts the practice of ‘lazy farming’ on the impermeable clay soils of the Pearl River Delta.

dr. Hanna Wirman

[School of Design, PolyU, Hong Kong]

Editorial Board Member

Dr. Hanna Wirman is a Research Assistant Professor at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University where she leads a MSc study stream in game design and development. Dr Wirman researches marginal and critical ways of playing and making games. Her work has been published in a number of journals and books and she co-edited a game research and design anthology Extending Experiences: Structure, Analysis and Design of Computer Game Player Experience with Leino and Fernanzed in 2008. Her latest research approaches non-human animals as players, whilst serving as the President of Chinese DiGRA and on the Executive Board of Digital Games Research Association. She is the Director of Global Game Jam Hong Kong. She lives in Hong Kong.

Advisory Board

    Prof. Eli Blevis – Indiana University Bloomington

    Prof. MC Boyer – Princeton University

    Prof. Patrick Healy – TU Delft / Free University of Amsterdam

    Prof. Peter Gall Krogh – Aarhus University

    Prof. Ilpo Koskinen – The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    Prof. Sheila Levrant de Bretteville – Yale University

    Prof. Dr. Lawrence Wallen – University of Technology Sydney

    Prof. Natalija Subotincic – MEF University, Istanbul