Joint Workshop on Design for Sustainability (D4S):
Design for Social Innovation Transfer

Workshop Details

    Theme: "transfer"

    • Today, international relationship is getting more and more important. For example, the number of people traveling abroad is increasing, the amount of international trade is getting bigger and information spreads worldwide easily through the Internet. In addition, our workshop has students from a variety of countries and we visit two venues, Kyoto and Hong Kong (HK). This workshop should be a big opportunity for you to discuss international relationship.

    • Main theme of our workshop this year is "transfer." Looking back our history, "technological transfer" has been a big topic for international relationship, and also "cultural transfer" has been taking place usually. We start our workshop in Kyoto and move to Hong Kong next. Therefore, let's try to find resources (technology, product, culture, concept, manner, and so on) in Kyoto and transfer them to HK for solving HK's social problems.

    What we aim through the workshop

    • Participants of our workshop are from a variety of countries, disciplines and backgrounds. The first objective of our workshop is to experience international and interdisciplinary communication. You will learn the importance and difficulty of such communication. The theme "transfer" must help you to discuss your own cultures and find similarity and difference between those cultures.

    • We have six days in total in Kyoto and HK, which are enough for us to discuss deeply and widely. Final goal of the entire workshop is to solve HK's social problems, but what problem you solve and how to solve it are not designated. The only requirement for you is to transfer something in Kyoto to solve HK's problems. Therefore, in Kyoto you will discuss on abstract level: what problem you target, what resource in Kyoto can be transferred to HK, how can the transfer be realized, and what kind of work you do in HK round. In HK, you will go more concrete level and test your ideas in actual situation. In other words, what you do in Kyoto is to design what and how to design, and what you do in HK is to design.

    • As the range of discussion is wide, students' autonomy is highly respected in this workshop. You play the main role and faculties just support you. The program of Kyoto round is almost planned, but the program of HK round is up to you! Let's discuss what we do in HK flexibly adapting to our ideas.