Registration is Now Open for Tongji Design Week 2015: DesignX

Registration is Now Open for Tongji Design Week 2015: DesignX


In this global and networked knowledge era, the new wave of technological revolution and the challenges regarding resources, environment, and well-being are re-shaping society and economy. It will be followed by radical changes in terms of the ways of living and producing. Situated in this process, the question—“What Design Can Do?” —has two layers of meanings: First, what contribution design can make towards addressing these issues; second, "What kind of design" can take that role. The answer to both questions calls for new knowledge and actions.

Therefore, we choose “DesignX” as the theme of Tongji Design Week this year. “DesignX Statement,” the first voice from a collaborative initiative derived from Tongji Design Week 2014, is a milestone along the path of future-oriented design. This year, design thinkers and doers from different parts of the world will gather together under the umbrella notion of DesignX during the Tongji Design Week to have an in-depth and open discussion on design knowledge, know-how and action for the real world. The Design Week will consist of a series of events including DesignX Conference 2015, Emerging Practice Design Education and Research Conference 2015, "Beyond Bauhaus" Seminar, and other conferences, exhibitions and activities. We believe that a new era of design activism has come! Design should play a more proactive role in involving in and promoting the positive changes and systemic transformation of our time.   





Detailed Info regarding DesignX and EP Conference Participants.pdf



Register for Tongji Design Week 2015


Registration Fee

For Master students and Ph.D. candidates: 800 RMB / per head (accommodation is excluded)

For other participants: 2000 RMB / per head (The lunches and dinners on 12-13 October is included, while hotel expenses are not.)

Online Registration 

Please inform us of your registration by mailing to after payment of the registration fee. Make sure the bank remittance voucher is carefully kept. You shall recerive a confirmation message if you have successfully registerd. Please indicate your name, organization, and contact information in the message and enclose the bank remittance voucher. If you need invoice, please indicate in your mail the invoice header and content. Please note the deadline for online registration is 9 October 2015. To secure your place of participation, registration before 30 September 2015 is strongly recommended.


Bank Remittance Information

Beneficiary Bank: Bank of China, Shanghai Branch

23, Zhongshan Road (E.1) Shanghai, 200002, P. R. China

Swift code: BKCHCNBJ300

Beneficiary: Tongji University

Beneficiary Bank Account No.: 433859245525

Please leave the remark “For Tongji Design Week 2015” while conducting bank remittance.


Time and Place for On-site Registration


1 o'clock p.m. -- 9 p.m., Oct. 11, 2015.

8 o'clock a.m. -- 4 o'clock p.m., Oct. 12-13, 2015.



No.281, Fuxin Road, Tongji University College of Design and Innovation (D&I), Yangpu District, Shanghai 200092, China.



Ms. Lisha REN

Tel.: (008621) 65987790


M: (86) 159 0061 1072



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Intended Invited Guests (Listed in the alphabetical order of the family names)

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Introduction to Programs


DesignX Conference 2015

Oct. 10 - 11, 2015 

Venue: D&I Aquarium Lecture Hall

The social, economic, and technological contexts of design are radically changing. The knowledge, methods, and processes addressed by design research and education, however, lag behind and hence are inadequate to support design to face such changes. In Fall 2014, a small group of design scholars and educators, who gathered at Tongji University for the International Advisory Board meeting of College of Design and Innovation, showed great passion to change the situation. They called their agenda "DesignX, "describing it as "a new, evidence-based approach for addressing many of the complex and serious problems facing the world today. It adds to and augments today’s design methods, reformulating the role that design can play." In October 2015, DesignX Conference will be an ideal place to host and to continue this conversation, identifying the nature of the issues and the framework for working on the problems.


Emerging Practices 2015

Design Education and Research Conference: Activism

Oct. 12 -13, 2015

Venue: D&I Darkroom Lecture Hall

Since 2012, College of Design and Innovation of Tongji University has hosted the Emerging Practices Conference (EPC) three consecutive times, discussing themes including "Practices, Values, and Approaches," "Open Design," and "Developing." The conference is devoted to explore varied approaches that are emerging from the intersections between design and other disciplines or domains. It provides the arena for heated debates about challenges ranging from theoretical underpinnings to practical issues, aiming to better support design as an active agency in facilitating inter-disciplinary innovation, industrial transformation, and improving social wellbeing. The main theme for EPC 2015 is "Activism." We seek a radical reformation of design practice, education, and research to enable design to better face the real world challenges and lead social changes proactively.


Dialogue between Prof. HUANG Yingjie and His Students

Oct. 10, 2015

Venue: D&I Aquarium Lecture Hall

“Stay passionate makes great work. Stay modest makes great man. ” The  Art Exhibition of Prof. HUANG Yingjie will review Prof. HUANG Yingjie’s art works and design education career of the past decades. His students of the generation from 70’s to 90’s will gather from all over the world and reflect on art, design and career topics.


Seminar on Media and Communication Design by D&I and HGK Basel Switzerland,

with lecture “Word and Image – An Eternal Theme from a Designers Perspective” by Prof. Michael Renner

Oct. 9, 2015 

Venue: D&I Room IS107

During this year, the former direction of Visual Communication Design and Digital Media Design have been combined to a new direction “Media and Communication Design” at College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University.The new direction of Media and Communication Design will meet the challenge from digital age and Internet era, to rethink and redefine the term “Medium is Message” within the design discipline.

The Visual Communication Institute at The Basel School of Design is today a department of the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Academy of Art and Design (HGK). The Basel School of Design and its students have influenced the international Graphic Design community since the 1960’s. Under the direction of Armin Hofmann and Emil Ruder courses for Graphic Design and Typography were developed. They were outstanding models for a modernist design education. The Visual Communication Institute developed out of the influential tradition of the Basel School of Design and has expanded this background to address the challenges of the 21st Century. 

During this Design Week, the direction of Media and Communication Design of D&I will organize the exhibition to demonstrate the achievement and development in the past few years together with the future perspective. In the mean time, Prof. Michael Renner, head of the Visual Communication Institute, HGK Basel Switzerland will visit Tongji and give the lecture  “Word and Image – An Eternal Theme from a Designers Perspective”. Prof. Michael Renner experienced the digital revolution first-hand when he went to work for Apple Computer Inc. Research and reflection upon the meaning of images in the context of digital tools became the central theme of Renner’s practical and theoretical design activities. After the lecture, a seminar will be held on Media and Communication Design Education.


LOTOCOHO Jewelry Design Lecture

14 October 2015

Venue: D&I Darkroom Lecture Hall

The lecture will discuss how to provide a different vision of examining and understanding history, restyling and mixing antique element in an extraordinary way and creating new form and new style.


B-GREEN Roof Workshop

Oct. 14-15, 2015

Venue: IT301 View / IT301 Platform

In Shanghai, urban farms are quickly becoming an extensive network due to the cultural demand for a connection between rural and urban lifestyles and to the need for neighborhood and local communities to be actively engaged in social activities. Rooftops activated by gardens provide platforms for such connections and enrich communities, connect to migration patterns and foster ecosystems that are waiting to flourish. This intersection between nature and the city has allowed for a design moment between the DESIS and BiDL labs, and they aim to develop a Product Service System and Biomimetic rooftop garden at D&I. The garden will be an attempt to involve both students and local communities in taking care of a public space.

For the Tongji Design Week, the first effort towards this garden will take place in the form of a build event for the garden beds. These designs will use biomimetic principals to create structures to sustain the roof top environment. The BiDL lab will guide the build and hold a lecture discussing the principles of bio mimicry and how they inform the design as well as future phases of the project.

This event will offer hands-on experience towards realizing biomimetic designs, information on how you can create future designs using these principals of your own and provide information on the future ambitions for the garden space. Come be a part of the community!


International Advisory Board Meeting

Oct. 14, 2015 

Venue: D&I Aquarium Lecture Hall

The International Advisory Board Meeting of Tongji University will invite Deans, professors and design experts from leading design schools and industries gather in the College of Design and Innovation of Tongji University, to discuss the strategic development of design discipline in Tongji.


"Beyond Bauhaus" Seminar

Oct. 15, 2015

Venue: D&I Darkroom Lecture Hall

Today, when the importance of design has been increasingly recognized, paying a tribute to the Bauhaus has its special significance. The Bauhaus is emblematic of the beginning of modern design. Its contribution is far beyond a kind of style. The Bauhaus had an undeniably profound influence upon subsequent developments in the fields of art, design and architecture. Understanding the values of the Bauhaus within the sphere of “form,” however, will greatly limit our understanding of the rational and scientific values of this movement and of its close relationship with the then industrial revolution. As a matter of fact, the great Bauhaus movement is the result, rather than the cause, of the industrial revolution. To this end, three design schools, all deeply influenced by the Bauhaus - College of Design Innovation at Tongji University, Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach and Bauhaus Weimar University — will jointly launch the “Beyond Bauhaus” seminar to discuss the significance of the Bauhaus spirit in today’s context. In particular, we will address the proposition: “If design can become the core driving force of a new round of industrial revolution?”


The 6th Arts Abroad Project Development Conference

Oct. 15-16, 2015

Venue: D&I Darkroom Lecture Hall

The conference will continue to focus on a further discussion and study on the contents such as internationalization of artistic disciplines of higher education, personnel training under the mode of "Global Campus", discipline construction and faculty development. The conference aims to explore the similarities and differences between Chinese and foreign education, to exchange experience and development plans related to art and design education, with the vision to promote and execute a sustainable development of collaborative projects on higher education between Chinese and foreign schools and to expand the possibilities for cooperation on arts education. In addition, the cooperation projects and relevant working experience of Florence Campus will be shared during the 6th conference.


Tongji-Swinburne PhD Research Symposium

Oct. 16, 2015

Venue: D&I Aquarium Lecture Hall

Design is facing huge opportunities and challenges. The major problems that the humanity is facing today involve complex systems of stakeholders and activities. These challenges often arise from issues involving a large number of people, organizations, and intertwining multidisciplinary knowledge and technologies. Now, design is becoming a way of thinking to integrate multidisciplinary knowledge. In the meanwhile, to better deal with the systemic transformation challenges characterized by complexity, ambiguity, and uncertainty, the integration of design and computer science has become a research area whose importance is increasingly recognized. Within this context, Tongji and Swinburne collaborated to launch this Symposium to foster an in-depth discussion on the future of design research and PhD education. 


Forum: Inclusive Design, Health, and Wellbeing

Oct. 17, 2015

Venue: D&I Darkroom Lecture Hall

This one-day seminar will focus on how inclusive design methodology and processes could enhance health and wellbeing for all. The morning session features keynote speeches and invited talks, and the afternoon session is a doctoral consortium and work-in-progress presentations. The latest work at the Inclusive Design Research Centre will be introduced. Researchers from different universities and organisations, with various disciplinary backgrounds are welcome!


Shanghai Public Art Biennale -- Xinchang Old Town,

"new" "place" -- the contemporary space VS the old town

Oct. 17, 2015

Venue: D&I Aquarium Lecture Hall / Xinchang Old Town in Nanhui District

To discover and exhibit the public place of Xinchang Old Town through different perspectives: the public space culture, town life, traditional style, folk activities etc. Inspire visitors to understand, to experience and explore the old town.


Prof. HUANG Yingjie & SI Shanglin’s Artwork Exhibition

Oct. 10-23, 2015

Venue: D&I IS2 Lobby

The exhibition will put on show the selected artworks of Prof. HUANG Yingjie & teacher SI Shanglin and bring audience into a fine art world with aesthetics.


Shanghai Universities Joint Exhibition

Oct. 12-23, 2015

Venue: D&I IS2 Platform

The 2015 Tongji Design Week and Shanghai Universities Joint Exhibition is co-hosted by Tongji University College of Design and Innovation, Donghua University Fashion & Art Design Institute, ECUST School of Art & Media, SUES Art & Design College and Shanghai Institute of Technology Art & Design School. Led by Tongji University, the five institutes collaborate to build Shanghai Summit Discipline of Design. Aimed at “sustainable and intelligent design for industry transformation and urban life”, the Summit Discipline of Design strives for collaboration innovation, interdisciplinary development and a holistic progress of Shanghai design disciplines. The exhibits on display cover all areas of design, including product & service design, fashion design, equipment design, packaging design and so on. The exhibition is a showcase for each institute’s strength in intelligent sustainable design and their thoughts on social sustainable innovation.


Medium is Message— Exhibition on Media and Communication Design Education by D&I Tongji

Oct. 10-23, 2015

Venue: D&I IS1 Platform

During this year the former direction of Visual Communication and Digital Media Design have been combined to a new direction “Media and Communication Design” at College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University.The new direction of Media and Communication Design will meet the challenge from digital age and Internet era, to rethink and redefine the term “Medium is Message” within the design discipline.


CUMULUS Fashion Show

Oct. 10-23, 2015

Venue: D&I IS1 Stage

CUMULUS Fashion Show will exhibit over twenties costume design works from CUMULUS universities and present the cutting-edge fashion conceptions and trends.




Tongji University



SPCD (Shanghai Promotion Center for Design)

Shanghai Industrial Design Association

China Industrial Design Research Institute (Shanghai) Co, Ltd.


Steering Committee

Organizing Committee of Shanghai Design Week


Supporting Institutions

Cumulus, International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and





College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University


Industrial Partners



In Collaboration with (Listed in no paticular order)

China Central Academy of Fine Arts

China Academy of Art

Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University

School of Design, Hunan University

PolyU Design

School of Design, Jiangnan University

Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts

Fashion & Art Design Institute, Donghua University

School of Art Design and Media, East China University of Science and Technology

College of Art and Design, Shanghai University of Engineering Science

School of Art and Design, Shanghai Institute of Technology

Faculty of Design, Swinburne University of Technology

Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology

Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology

Bauhaus University - Weimar

School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University

Academy of Arts and Design Offenbach (HfG)

University of California, San Diego

Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology


Media Support (Listed in no particular order)

She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics and Innovation


Time Architecture


For more detailed information about Tongji Design Week 2015, please follow the latest news released on the website of D&I ( and on our WeChat platform “tongji_di”.


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