2016 Tongji Design Week “New Challenges”

When we discuss the development of design as a discipline, we should be aware of the current situation. Innovation driven growth and economic transformation and upgrading have become national strategy. In “Made in China 2025”, design and innovation is listed as the key for China’s economic transformation and upgrading. At the same time, Shanghai is under the way to achieve the goal of becoming Science & Technology Innovation Center with global impact. At the social and economic transformational point, there are unprecedented opportunities and challenges in front of design. To contribute to national and regional economic growth, design study has to explore further into the design objects and process, the approach to solve systemic problems and hence brings positive impact on sociotechnical systems and drives innovation.


The 2016 Tongji Design Week will take place on October 12th. New Challenges will be explored and discussed during the event. There will be over 20 forums, exhibitions and other activities including the Emerging Practices Conference (EPC).


The 2016 Tongji Design Week is organized by the College of Design and Innovation at the Tongji University and co-hosted by the Shanghai Week UNESCO City of Design, the Shanghai Industrial Design Association, and the China Industry Design and Research Institute (Shanghai).


Tongji Design Week, Grow with D&I.




Inspired by Land- Land Art Installation Festival


Yangcheng Lake,Suzhou





B3+Shanghai,  M-Scape, Sino-Germany the Moving Image Forum and Exhibition


IS2 Platform


Forum & Exhibition



2016 Tongji-Aalto Postgraduate Seminar on Sustainable Design

-- Service logic for shaping future living environment


Aalto Design Factory, Helsinki Finland





Open-source hardware and programming course project exhibition







Emerging Practices2016: Design Research and Education- Design in Complexity



Dark Room





Narrative Environment and Placemaking Course Exhibition 2016- A Masquerade of Monuments



Phase 2, exhibition hall





Shanghai Maker Carnival








Workshop on John Dewey’s Philosophy of Art and Design



Dark Room




The Emerging Practice of Experience Design

& the Challenge for Museums



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Giorgetto Giugiaro:

The Future of Car Design



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“Richard Buchanan, Wicked Problems and the “Cross of Pain”

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Tongji-Tezign “Design and Artificial Intelligence” Forum and “DAI” Lab Opening Ceremony



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Forum, Activity


Design History and Contemporary Research Forum



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8th. Bridge





The 16th ‘Human Factors in Design’



Dark Room





The First Panasonic Cup ECO House Design Competition 2016 Excellent Works Campus Exhibition








“Cities after car:

metropolitan beauty vs. urban make up”

Explorative Research Seminar











Sino-Finish Center






The 30th. Anniversary of Industry Design in Tongji



Dark Room






  • Inspired by Land- Land Art Installation Festival

23th. September-30th. October

Yangcheng Lake, Suzhou





The 2016 Land Art Installation Festival in Yangchenghu is organized with the cooperation of Suzhou Yangchenghu Leisure Paradise and Design & Innovation College of Tongji University. It invites international well-known architects, designers, crossover artists and organizations to present an installation exhibition with imagination and impact. It gives the visitors a comprehensive sensory experience in a natural environment. Welcome!






  • M-Scape :Sino-Germany the Moving Image Exhibition and Forum, B3+Shanghai

26th. September-30th. October

D&I Exhibition Hall



吴洁(Wu Jie)/Anita Beckers 


The event, as the media of German and Chinese motion images exchange and dialogue, covers an exhibition and a forum.The exhibition includes art works from previous B3 Biennale of the Moving Image, a Hessen, Germany-based and Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach (HfG)- organized festival, as well as Shanghai and around regions-based media art works.There are videos, short films, long film and VR works, covering almost all the contemporary fields of the moving image; while the works of local artists, from the early experiments videos to the students' current creations, outline the profile of local the development process of moving images. By the forum, held at the same time, participating artists and honored guests from technology, culture, business are sitting altogether to discuss the current situation and future development of moving images.


Germany and China, B3 and Shanghai,time and space in the real world and the world of moving images overlapped and staggered, so that we have the opportunity to shuttle in individual expression, realistic simulation, the representation of the myth world, the collective memories, intimate contacts.Now the way home of Alice in Wonderland seems more and more long and short, real and fantastic.




  • 2016 Tongji-Aalto Postgraduate Seminar on Sustainable Design

——Service logic for shaping future living environment

7th October 2016

Aalto Design Factory, Helsinki Finland


Our living environment is changing. It shifts from the conditions that are dominated by the idea of well-being shaped by unsustainable consumerism toward the ones consisting of new networks on both built and social levels. A new idea, defined as service-dominant logic, is emerging. The structural changes give rise to the need of establishing new built and social environments that are able to foster new and sustainable behaviors.


On  7th October, Tongji University and Aalto University will co-hold a one-day seminar themed “Service logic for shaping future living environment” in Aalto Design Factory. The primary aim of this seminar is to provide a forum for the postgraduate students (PhD, DA and MA) from two universities to present their work and exchange ideas. Therefore, this seminar welcomes case studies and research projects on methodological and theoretical investigation relating to the theme from various disciplines.





  • Open-source hardware and programming course project exhibition

IS2 Entrance


The digital era brings new challenges to every industry. To cope with these challenges, Design and Innovation College of Tongji University is making Educational Reform under the guidance of “The Spirit of Innovation and Pioneering”. Since 2014, D&I made the “Open-source hardware and programming course” a compulsory one for the first grade students. We believe equipping students with the knowledge of coding and smart hardware will help them embrace the new technology and make creative and innovative design.




  • Emerging Practices 2016 (EPC2016 by registration)

Design Education and Research Conference: Design in Complexity

13- 16 October 2016

Dark Room


The main theme of EPC2016 is “Design in Complexity.” It aims to continue and expand the original conversation that was initiated by the DesignX Manifesto 2014 and which further unfolded in the form of a two-day DesignX workshop hosted by Tongji University in 2015. We are standing at the point where design attempts to enter, to intervene, and hopefully to improve various complex systems. EPC2016 therefore encourages all contributions that take designing in complexity as a starting point of the long-term and profound systemic transformation. Grounded in cases—emerging, ongoing, or in plan—EPC this year aims to bridge the gap between design research and real world changes, changing current systems toward preferred ones.




  • Narrative Environment and Placemaking Course Exhibition 2016 

    A Masquerade of Monuments

14 Oct 2016 – 7 Nov 2016

Phase 2, the exhibition hall


A monument without narrative is just an ordinary object, therefore Monuments and its narrative environment are undeniably connected with each other. Physically, monuments are very permanent, but time and history can change their meaning and location. People or institutions can even manipulate this meaning. The origin of the word "monument" comes from the Latin monere, which means “ to remind or to warn”, suggesting a monument allows us to see the past thus helping us visualize what is to come in the future. Therefore, the monument can be seen as the sublime narrative object.


In the course, the students have been asked to investigate/approach the monument more immediate and intimate. Within the fabric of Shanghai they will find the object, space, or site that could function as their monument. The chosen monument will be the artifact and tool to contextualize the theme: A Masquerade of Monuments.




  • Shanghai Maker Carnival

15th.-16th., October



Makers are a group of science and technology savvy. They are passionate about sharing information, technology and ideas. Also, people are labeled makers if they are chefs or craftsmen who keep making innovation and experiment.


Maker Carnival is an annual event organized by international Maker groups. Through hand-on workshops and activities, you will experience the lifestyle of “ideas can be realities” and your power of creativity and origination will be awakened.


The 5th. Shanghai Maker Carnival is one of the most influential Maker’s event nationally and the biggest makers’ gathering in Shanghai.




  • Workshop on John Dewey’s Philosophy of Art and Design:

The Emerging Practice of Experience Design & the Challenge for Museums

17th. October

Dark Room


The American philosopher John Dewey’s influence on Chinese education is well known.  However, there is little awareness of Dewey’s influence on design thinking in China as the country has sought to move from an economy dominated by agriculture and manufacturing to an economy based on consumption and consumer behavior. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss Dewey’s ideas about art, experience, and human interaction and their importance for China. In addition, we will also explore a concrete example in the development of museums in China and abroad.  We will discuss the design challenge for the Shanghai Museum of Art and the challenge faced by the Cleveland Museum of Art and other museums around the world as they seek to expand the digital dimensions of their institutions.




  • Giorgetto Giugiaro: The Future of Car Design

Dark Room


An Italian automobile designer, widely recognized as one of the finest and most prolific car designers. He has worked on supercars and popular everyday vehicles.





  • Tongji-Tezign “Design and Artificial Intelligence” Forum and “DAI” Lab Opening Ceremony

21th., October, 18:30-20:30

Dark Room


50 years ago Walter Gropius and Marvin Minsky sparked off a historical debate in a conference at Boston on Design and Artificial intelligence. Today we want to revisit this debate to reactivate all the potential connections. Design and Artificial Intelligence are both hugely related to technology and yet they are met with different criticisms and challenges that call for our most intensive and urgent reflections. Tongji University Design & Innovation School and design technology startup jointly organize this conference to explore the horizon and depth through speeches and discussions with scientist, technologist, designer and entrepreneur representing academia, research, industry and business.





  • Design History and Contemporary Research Forum

21th., October, 9:00-12:00

Dark Room


History can be documented and comprehended in many ways and so is design history. The premise of studying design changes is to understand the interaction between design and social development. In the complex modern society, it is important to study design history in the contemporary context--the main topic of this forum. The invited speakers will share their latest research on theory and methodology of design history.





  • The 16th ‘Human Factors in Design’

22-23 October 2016

Dark Room


There is a growing community of researchers of human factors in design worldwide. The 2016 International Symposium on“Human Factors in Design” aims to provide a cross-disciplinary platform for this emerging research community. The symposium will take place during the Design Week of Tongji University, and welcome contributions from ergonomics and human factors, industrial engineering, design and innovation, health and wellbeing, ageing, mobility, virtual reality, augmented reality, the Internet of Things and beyond. Case studies on human factors application are especially welcome.


The symposium will take place at the same time of the 16th academic symposium of the Chinese Management Ergonomics Association, focusing on the interface of ergonomics, management, and design.





22th. October

8th. Bridge


World Design Talks (WD Talks) is established by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID, to be named the World Design Organization on 1 Jan., 2017) to identity solutions and empower global design communities by exploring member’s local problems.

The theme of WD Talks in Shanghai is Next Motilities, which aims to explore the challenges and possibilities in mobility.


  • The First Panasonic Cup ECO House Design Competition 2016 Excellent Works Campus Exhibition

23rd.-29th., October



The event was sponsored by Panasonic Cup Eco House Design Competition office and sponsored by Tongji University and Panasonic Ecology Systems Guangdong Co., Ltd. The tour will showcase outstanding designs from over 200 contestants who stand out in the rematch and final.




  • Cities after car: metropolitan beauty vs. urban make up Explorative Research Seminar

24th. October, 13:00-19:00



How would a city without cars look like?

Cars are shaping the space of today’s metropolitan experience, and occupy most citizens' visions about how a city can and does actually work.


This is a pilot participatory workshop in which we engage groups of citizens in a visionary, hands-on experiment to visualize urban spaces currently organized around cars; imagining a open canvas where unexplored communal aesthetic perspectives and landscapes will be built.


This is the first workshop of a series approved and funded for 2017.




  • Climathon

28 October

Sino-Finnish Centre


Climathon brings together the challenges of the world’s cities with the people who have the passion and ability to solve them.


Participants come with their ideas & develop them during 24 hours with coaches.24 intense hours of collaboration, excitement and solution-finding. Jury of relevant local stakeholders will select best idea. The outcome of the activity will be compiled to deliver to Shanghai government to promote the environmental improvement.




  • The 30th. Anniversary of Industry Design in Tongji

30 October

Dark Room


Tongji is the first university that launched Industrial Design in mainland China. During the Tongji Design Week, we will celebrate the 30th. Anniversary.



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