DS 13


Andrei Martin


Partner at Architecture, Andrei is a designer, researcher and academic, interested in the latent opportunities of architectural characters and typologies to transform urban experience and reshape contemporary culture. He has published, lectured and exhibited internationally.


Andrew Yau


Andrew Yau – Co-Founder, Co-Director (London) and International Project Director of Urban Future Organisation, Andrew seeks design innovation & novelty with cultural sensibility and practical inventiveness. He is also a scholar across the globe.


Guest Critics

Alejandro Vicente Soto (AHMM)
Clive Fenwick (Studio Iris)
Jason Anthony Sam (Hunters)
Yashin Kamal (Chris Dyson Architects)
Ming Yang Li (Foster + Partners)
Xin Swift (ZHA)
Nick Strachan (Leslie Jones Architecture) Francesco Montaguti (Hawkins\Brown)
Tony Yu (RYD)



Mario Serrano Puche


Free Zones have a long history dating back to pirate enclaves, free ports and entrepôts of maritime trade. History tells us the first free zone was established in the Roman port of Delos in 166BC. In the Middle Ages they took hold and flourished in Venice and Marseilles, expanding in the Renaissance to the Baltic and North seas. After WWII they spread exponentially throughout the world. Today there are over 5400 free zones in the world, 1000 of which have been set up in the past five years. Free Zones were originally motivated by trade, but increasingly they are acquiring a much broader set of remits. Expanding upon an ever-increasing spectrum of urban aspiration, Free Zones now incentivize specific labour practices, strategic services and industries, specific types of science or technological innovation and so on. A Free Zone, for instance, can use free water as a catalyst to attract water-intensive industries in areas where this resource is scare or contested. Or it can promote the production, transmission, and reception of fashion as a mechanism to transition from textile manufacturing towards design. But can Free Zones do even more? Can they, by opening provisional windows of regulatory freedom, promote new forms of living or working? Can they challenge how we deal with healthcare or consume culture? Beyond producing tangible goods, can Free Zones promote the production of experience? This year, DS13 has explored the establishment of a Free Zone as a physical, politica