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NCKU hosts 2012 Intelligent Smart Living Space International Workshop featured local lifestyle

2012/03/22 12:17:09

Taipei, March 22 (CNA) The 2012 Intelligent Smart Living Space International Workshop –City Culture Context, organized by Smart Seed Union at College of Planning and Design, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan is held from March 19th to 23rd at the Department of Industrial Design, NCKU.

The workshop brings together 45 students selected from universities nationwide, with diverse majors, and 7 internationally well-known designers, including Mark Braun from Germany, Alexander Pelikan from Holland, Oscar Honeyman from Norway, and 3 Taiwanese designers, Yu-Tsung Hu, Mei-Chun Liu, and Shih-Hsun Ou.

Fong-Gong Wu, vice dean of the NCKU College of Planning and Design on behalf of dean Feng-Tyan Lin, welcomed all the distinguished guest designers and the attending students, “as one of the three innovation consortia of the Talent Cultivation Program for Smart Living supported by the Minister of Education, we expect the interdisciplinary effort at this workshop will lead to fruitful achievement, enriching the designs for intelligent smart living space”.

Min-Yuan Ma, professor of Industrial Design and executive of the workshop, illuminated the mission of the Smart Seed Union, “to create a living space with happiness, sustainability, intelligence and local connection is the ultimate goal, and consequently in this workshop the participants are expected to integrate what they have learned and observed, practicing in actual living fields.”

“In the workshop, by exploring and understanding the true needs of local community and bringing in the idea of smart living, we hope the unique philosophy of local lifestyle will be further promoted”, according to Hu, guest teacher of Industrial Design, NCKU, and director of NDD Design Tainan.

Tainan is a small city but abundant with historical glamorous past and people living here lead a life style quite slow and down to earth, profoundly connected with their historical root, according to the foreign guest designers fascinated by what they have observed in Tainan.

The 5-day workshop covers field visit featured Tainan local culture, group activities centered on developing smart designs, and lectures on 3 topics: designers of Eindhoven, human centered design, and culture and design of Berlin, respectively. A final presentation of the student projects will be reviewed and ranked on March 23rd.

Contact Information: Sonia Chuang, National Cheng Kung University. Tel: +886-6-275-7575 Ext. 50042.E-Mail: