KIT’s KYOTO Design Lab presents works in collaboration with ETH Zurich

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© Tomomi Takano

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Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT)’s KYOTO Design Lab presented its works in collaboration with ETH Zurich at an opening event of their design exhibition on agriculture and tourism.

Assistant Prof. Takuya Miyake, Faculty of Design and Architecture introduced the two projects, the first of which is in collaboration with a team led by Professor Christophe Girot from ETH Zurich’s Institute of Landscape Architecture. The two parties are jointly producing audio-visual re-compositions of gardens, temples and modern architecture, using the Swiss university’s original methods enabling the creation of new spatial experiences.

© Tomomi Takano

© Tomomi Takano

Making 3-D measurements of landscapes is still quite unique in this field. It opens up new possibilities for processing the data by making it fairly easy to add virtual reality, for example. Overlaying audio enables archiving in a broader sense to include its setting in the city; e.g., a garden of a temple might be recorded with sounds of a bus passing by.

“It’s a new challenge in how space can be expressed,” Prof. Miyake said.

The second project, Food Shaping the City – Kyoto and the Urbanism of Food is being developed with a team led by Prof. Manuel Herz of ETH Studio Basel and currently also with the University of Basel, and architect Shadi Rahbaran who is also a lecturer at ETH Studio Basel. The experiment of studying food from the context of urban studies has been made in Basel and is now being extended to Kyoto.

The joint research group is investigating and analyzing the relationship of food, food culture and the natural environments as a component of a city. One example Prof. Miyake gave was how the traditional catering services using bicycles in Kyoto (called “shidashi” in Japanese) are changing due to the aging society. The group is seeking how architecture and urban spacing can contribute in these changing environments by looking at the flow of food.

“By mixing the methods of (ETH Zurich) with the Kyoto (D-lab) ways, we are promoting an unprecedented approach to architecture and cities,” Prof. Miyake said

The students of the joint team have produced a report on “Food in Kyoto – Investigating the Metabolism of Cities” from their works in 2015. The research is ongoing, implying it has been a success for both parties.

Prof. Miyake’s presentation was part of a program introducing the D-lab which is “aiming for social innovation through design” according to Prof. Yoshiro Ono, KIT Vice President and KYOTO Design Lab CEO. Prof. Julia Cassim also gave an insight into the project-based organization’s adventures in the design field.

The event itself was the opening of the “Design of Tourism and Agriculture” exhibition in Roppongi, Tokyo. Based on a nine-month, industry-academia innovation program involving collaborations between D-lab students and students of partner universities abroad – this time, Stanford University (U.S.A) and Swinburne University of Technology (Australia)–, it features the final concepts and prototypes developed by the students with a refreshing perspective.

Don’t miss the unique opportunity to visit it before it ends on Sunday, August 28!
Hours: 11:00- 20:00, closes at 17:00 on last day)
Venue: AXIS Gallery, 4F AXIS Bldg. 5-17-1 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo
Admission: Free

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