How can we create an ecologically sustainable society by conserving the global environment?

In the International New Designers Workshop 2007, young designers will focus on this urgent, universal theme and create proposals for the shift to a sustainable future.
First, workshop participants will visit “Eco-Products 2007”, the world’s largest exhibition of environmentally-friendly technology and products, held annually in Tokyo since 1999. They will then move to Nagoya, situated in the Chubu central district of Japan, and make a field tour there to observe the maximum effect of the pursuit of technological skills and energy resource through ‘monozukuri’ (manufacturing) in the region, where efficiency-enhancing skills have been intently cultivated during industrial development. After conducting this research, they will join the 2nd InternationalConference of Design for Sustainability “Destination 2007-2025”, held at the world heritage site of Shirakawa-go, a village that has maintained an ancient harmony with the natural environment. There they will have discussions and make presentations together with expert conference delegates hailing from Japan and abroad.
In the series of workshops, young designers from various nationalities and backgrounds will try to verify necessary action by envisioning a possible sustainable future perceived from diverse angles. The final presentation on the results from this workshop will be delivered at the International Design Center NAGOYA.


The International New Designers Workshop has been held once a year in Nagoya, Japan since 2000. Aiming to nuture the next generation, which is courageous in challenging conventions, this project encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration amongst academic institutions, industries and the public sectior, and each workshop is made up of members from different disciplines, genders and cultural backgrounds. To this end, over 300 students of architecture, industrial design, visual communication design, multimedia, as well as young professional in-house designers from companies and writers from design-related magazines from 38 nations have participated in this multi-cultural, multidisciplinary workshop.

DESIGN FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION - Portraying a future susta inable socie ty and building s ustainab le lifestyles -

Date :

2007.12.14 Fri...25 Tue

Workshop Participants :

This workshop is open to students from architecture, industrial design, visual communication design, multimedia, as well as professional young in-house designers from companies, and writers from design related magazines. To encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration amongst academic institutions and industries, each team will be made up of members from different disciplines, gender, and cultural backgrounds.
Please see the programme.

Participating school :

Beijing Industrial Design Center (China), China Central Academy of Fine Arts (China), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), Shih-Chien University (Taiwan), St. John University (U.S.A.), University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), Brother Industries, Ltd., Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, Aichi Sangyo University, IAMAS (International Academy of Media Arts & Sciences), Kuwasawa Design School, Musashino Art University, Nagoya City University, Nagoya Industrial University, Nagoya University of Arts, Nagoya Zokei University of Art and Design, Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences, Nanzan University, Tokyo University, Tokyo Zokei University, Tsukuba University, Tama Art University


International Design Center NAGOYA, Nagoya City, Shirakawa-go, Toyota Shirakawa-Go Eco-Institute, Eco Products 2007 (Tokyo Big-Site)

Organizer :

International New Designers Workshop Organizing Committee
(City of Nagoya , International Design Center NAGOYA)
Co-Organizer :

International Conference of Design for Sustainability Destination2007-2025

Producer :

Leimei Julia Chiu(Director, Global Communications, International Design Center NAGOYA Inc.)

Creative Director :

Fumikazu Masuda (Professor, Tokyo Zokei University / President, Open House Co., Ltd.)

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International New Designers Workshop Organizing Committee

Yutaka Takehara, Chairperson, Council of Chubu Design Organizations (CCDO)
Mr. Toru Kimura, Professor, Nagoya Institute of Technology Graduate School of Engineering Mr. Makoto Shinagawa, Professor,Nagoya Zokei University of Art & Design Mr. Kuninao Suzuki, Deputy Director-General, Civic & Economic Affairs Bureau, City of Nagoya Mr. Tsuji Shinichi, Director, Industry Division , METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) Chubu Mr. Hiroyuki Nakashima, Professor, Department of Design, Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music Ms. Hisae Nakanishi, Professor, Graduate School of International Development (GSID), Nagoya University Mr. Yuzo Fukunaga, General Manager, Design Department,Brother Industries, Ltd.) Mr. Shigeru Fukushima, Director, MARC (Meijo Asian Research Center), Meijo University Mr. Fumikazu Masuda, Professor, Department of Design, Tokyo Zokei University Mr. Nobuho Miyawaki/ Chief Designe, Technical Research Center Headquarters Sustainable Design Center, INAX Corporation Mr. Hiroshi Morishima, Dean, Graduate School of Design & Architecture, Nagoya City University Mr. Shinichi Yamamura, President, COBO DESIGN Co., Ltd. Ms. Kikuko Yamawa, Design Administration Div., Design Center, TOYOTA MOTOR Corporation. Mr. Ralph Rathburne, President, AMASIA corp. Mr. Yoshiyuki Wada, Professor. Nagoya University of Arts Graduate School

※ names listed in alphabetic order