China, Changsha, Hunan University DESIS Lab

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Starts: 22 March, 2016
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Instructors: China, Changsha, Hunan University DESIS Lab
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Hunan University DESIS Lab, Changsha, China

Coordinator: Vice-Dean, Ph.D, Professor, Tie Ji,;
Operational manager: Assistant Prof. Ph.D. Jun Zhang,
Tel: +86 731 88822418 Fax: 88822418

Hosting institution and address: 533#, School of Design, Hunan University,Lushan South Road, Yuelu District, Changsha, Hunan, 410082, China

Background and objectives, Primary research areas and activities:
DESIS Lab (DESIS Research Center) at Hunan University was founded as collaboration of School of Design, Hunan University and Indaco, Politecnico di Milano, and deep collaboration with Nokia research center in Beijing. Since 2001, Hunan University developed such research on design for sustainability collaborated with Milan Polytechnic University and HongKong Polytechnic University on the topic “Immaterial and Sustainable Solutions in China”. Along last 10 years we continued to work on teaching and designing in this filed and published several books and design projects which refer from eco-product design to product service system design.
Under the background of development and diffusion of design for social innovation and sustainability, Hunan University initiated such research works with a design workshop named “New Channel” for social innovation collaborated with NOKIA in July in 2009. The workshop held at Pingtan Village in Tongdao Dong Minority Autonomous County in south of Hunan Provience involved cross-displinary design and research team and carried out a rural community transformation practice by introducing and using methodology in sociology and anthropology and participatory design approaches in order to observe people in the context of rural communities instead of urban and explore proper approaches for designers to participate in social innovation and possibilities for designers with different backgrounds to work together.
The second Design & Social Innovation workshop “Markor New Channel Summer Camp” was carried out in 2011. Bases on unique natural system and the rich intangible cultural heritage but under-developed economic minority areas in Channel (Tongdao) country, the workshop was integrating the advantages of different professions and disciplines, such as immaterial cultural heritage protection, industrial design, landscape & interior design and so on synthetic methodology, in order to establish an international alliance of design innovation and web-based information platform, promote participatory culture of self-awareness of local residents and industrial innovation, making the design more tension in a structural form and strength of social identity (innovation networks, design network, social network, etc.) to participate in a variety of community social innovation, making web-based sustainable and harmonious community as possible.
Under the background of the global sustainable design cooperation advocated by LeNS, Design School of Hunan University and the Academy of Arts & Design of Tsinghua University cooperatively proposed a project which is about setting up a Chinese Learning Network and web platform on design for Sustainability in design education level in China. LeNS China ( formally announced to public during the conference of ‘The Tao of Sustainability: an International Conference on Sustainable Design Strategies in a Globalization Context’ in October 2011.

List of projects and research:

1st Design & Social Innovation workshop with Nokia in Pingtan Village in Tongdao Dong Minority Autonomous County, July 10th – July 24th 2009

International Conference Paper: Social Networking Service Design: from User Cluster to Service Cluster,
Proceeding 2009 IEEE 10th International Conference on Computer-Aided  Industrial Design Conceptual Design, in 2009.

Design Power and Social Innovation:Exploring Design Pratice Method based on Network and Community. Conference: “Young Creators for Better City & Better Life” Cumulus Shanghai Conference 2010

Zhuzhou Public Bike sharing System Design and Research
Joint Project with Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University (UK) and School of Transportation Engineering, Tongji University (China), 2011-2014

Sustainable bike-sharing systems: characteristics and commonalities across cases in urban China,
Published by Journal of Cleaner Production.

2nd Design & Social Innovation workshop with Makor in Tongdao Dong Minority Autonomous County
July 14st – July 24th 2011


Prof. Renke He
Prof. Tie Ji
Dr. Jun Zhang
Dr. Eun ji Cho (Korean)
Dr. Baosheng Wang
Dr. SungHee Ahn (Korean)