MDes Interior Design School of Design

Xinwei He

My design practice enjoys exploring challenging social issues as a starting point for design. Introducing problems into the space and addressing or metaphorically resolving current social problems through space design.




Discrimination based on pregnant gender and unequal rights to conception are social issues. This study investigates how gender, fertility, and parenting stereotypes could be broken down through spatial design to explore the potential of equal rights in pregnancy. The methodology of fictional utopias displays an idealized social structure by merging futurology and the philosophy of technology’s speculations on the pregnancy of in vitro incubation and the theory of Imagining Real Utopias. Following an analysis of the function that narratives require in the space, the concept of equal matching was selected as the space’s primary function, recognizing socially diverse identities through an inclusive process in which everyone can participate equally in the matching and fertility process. At the same time, I speculate about equality under “surveillance” and use Foucault’s “Round Prison” as my spatial inspiration. What activities do visitors need to be active within the space if staff and visitors are viewed as the gazer and the gazed? It acts as a thought experiment that can re-design the experience of “pregnancy” and “birth” for all of humanity, in a world where human life may be incubated outside the body. The project’s typology is ‘Factory,’ an idealized symmetrical space that metaphor presents gender inequalities in pregnancy and the factory-based matching process as a model to investigate whether this approach is a future-oriented design possibility.



Design Elements

Spatial Rotue

Exploded Diagram


Experience Line (Stage1&Stage2)

Stage 2 &Stage 6

Experience Line (Stage2&Stage6)

Stage 3

Experience Line (Stage 3)

Stage 4 & Stage 5

Experience Line (Stage4&Stage5)

Communication Space

Sampling Room

Incubation Room