Tsinghua Academy of Fine Arts Students and Faculty Attend Sense City Design Workshop in Tsukuba, Japan

From September 2 to 8, 2018, a workshop on sensual urban design ("Kansei in future cities" workshop) was successfully held at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, in cooperation with the faculty and students of Tsinghua University School of Fine Arts. The workshop was led by Associate Professor Fu Zhiyong from the Department of Information Art and Design, Tsinghua University School of Fine Arts, and 11 undergraduate students from Tsinghua University School of Fine Arts majoring in information design and 8 students from the University of Tsukuba participated in the workshop and design practice.

On the first day of the workshop, Ms. Lee Seung-hee gave a lecture on sensual design
Mr. Fu Zhiyong gave a lecture on urban interaction design
Professor Kei Ota, Dean of the Department of Art, University of Tsukuba, also participated in the opening ceremony and gave a speech
Mayor of Tsukuba City, Tachio Igarashi, introduced the future city plan for Tsukuba construction
Students and teachers of the two schools with the Mayor of Tsukuba City after the launch ceremony

The workshop aimed to inspire students to combine the perspective of perceptual design with the goal of sustainable development in Tsukuba, and to provide creative solutions for the future development of the city by integrating design and technology. In the opening lecture of the workshop, Associate Professor SeungHee Lee of Tsukuba University gave a lecture on sensual design, Associate Professor Fu Zhiyong of Tsinghua University explained cases and methods of urban interactive design, Mr. Tatsuo Igarashi, Mayor of Tsukuba City, explained the vision of Tsukuba City, and Professor Kei Ota, Dean of the Department of Art of Tsukuba University, also gave a speech. Professor Kei Ota, Dean of the Department of Art, University of Tsukuba, also participated in the opening ceremony and gave a speech. The workshop participants were divided into five groups, each including students from Tsinghua and Tsukuba, and worked in teams to research public spaces, technology centers and innovative institutions in Tsukuba.

In the following schedule, the student team combined their field experience in Tsukuba City to identify and summarize the problems and development space for Tsukuba City at this stage, and to complete the preliminary design positioning. Through the communication with the teachers, the design ideas were iterated and relevant design prototypes and solutions were produced.

Departed for Tsukuba city center to conduct field research
The students iterated the program based on the results of their research
Preliminary demonstration of creativity
Associate Professor Fu Zhiyong gave a review

The course presentation took place on September 7, 2018 at the Tsukuba University General Research Building D. The final presentation was made by each group. After each group's presentation, they received questions and comments from the faculty and students, and the discussion was cordial and lively.

Final report site
Teams participate in the final debriefing

The UBY group brings you the lively and lovely KODAMA (Japanese legendary tree spirits that inhabit the trees).
In the future, people can use AR technology to discover them in the forests of Tsukuba, create them, and communicate and interact with them and the other citizens who created them. kodama not only inspires people to explore the city and strengthen their understanding of it, but also provides topics and opportunities for people to communicate with each other, bringing people closer together.

UBY Panel Discussion Program

The Pika team brings you pika maping, a real-time projection of the outer layers of minimalist buildings in Tsukuba and other cities in the future, which will beautify a lonely and dull city without using large resources or adding noise, and bring sustainable development to the urban landscape with small resources. The projection content is divided into various kinds, such as the change of seasons and traditional festivals. There is also the interaction mode between architecture and future wearable devices. Bringing new life to the calm city in a technological way.

pica group members introduce the program

The Night Flowers group brings designs that translate human voices and stories into nighttime flowers. The flowers open in the trees to bring warmth to people walking at night. The size and shape of the flowers will change according to different people's tones and emotions. In addition to the normal blooming flowers, one will also find flowers that are wilted: they represent the people associated with the SDG (sustainable development goals), drawing attention to social and environmental issues.

Night Flower Panel Discussion Program

The LUMOS project team presented the "Glow in the Dark" project. The "fluorescent twinkle" project will brighten up the deep night of Tsukuba, add fun to the road for pedestrians and runners, and become a signboard to promote the technical culture of Tsukuba to the public. The specific implementation of the "Fluorescent Twinkle" project is to develop a new type of street light, which spreads the roof during the day to protect from wind and rain and absorb sunlight, and projects interesting patterns around people at night, so that people can interact with the patterns.

LUMOS project team brainstorming

The express train team will create the Tsukuba express lab carriage by combining Tsukuba's unique transportation and advanced science and innovation. The express lab car is a platform to spread Tsukuba's innovation to Tokyo, young people, and beyond. express lab car will become a business card for Tsukuba and increase its attractiveness to young people, entrepreneurs, and researchers. For this, the team members designed a system that includes an app and a series of products involved in the offline process: posters, carriages, business cards ...... to allow people from different fields to interact closely with each other through the express lab carriages.

Express Train Panel Discussion Program
Group photo of workshop members in Tsukuba University

This workshop was the first time the students were exposed to the topic of "city" design. Unlike the internal courses, this workshop requires students to have a macroscopic view of the development of things, to think in an integrated way using various design methods, and to communicate with each other in a multicultural way. To design for the city, while studying the trajectory and needs of urban development, the students should always carry the designer's perception and curiosity of the world around them, so that the design can be emotional and warm.

Tsukuba is a city that combines technology and nature, and the people of Tsukuba are friendly, warm and creative. We would like to thank all the teachers and students of Tsinghua University and Tsukuba University who organized and cooperated to complete this workshop, and we are grateful for our friendship and look forward to our reunion.

Workshop Poster

Editor: Berry
The design presentations for each group in the text were provided by the respective groups.

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