Design for Social Interaction in Public Spaces, DB218 in China

By Fabienne van Leiden

groupIn the period of 9th to 23th of May 10 ID master students traveled to Taicang (China) to work on the two week module: Design for Social Interaction in Public Spaces (DB218). This workshop was done together with 30 Chinese students of different universities: Jiangnan University (JU) from Wuxi, Nanjijng University of Arts and Hangzhou Dianzi Univeristy. The module is one of the main activities of the Sino-Dutch Design Center for Social and Cultural Computing, which is initiated by Industrial Design TU/e, the School of Digital Media JU and the Science and Education New Town in Taicang.

In these very inspiring and informative two weeks the students worked together with the Chinese students on interactive art installations, by using the drama-story-production-installation framework of Yu Zhang. All the installations were based on the theme Nature and were built around or in a box of 60x60x60 cm3. In the end the installations were presented to visitors from the city of Taicang and students from several universities. Two of the installations were selected to be exposed at the International Design Expo in Wuxi, receiving hundreds of visitors.

A few weeks ago the results were also presented DI group. Curious at the installations? Take a look at http://desis.id.tue.nl. Interested in the workshop? We hope to organize the workshop again this fall.