Aiming to nurture the next generation, which is courageous in challenging conventions, the International New Designers Workshop encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration amongst academic institutions, industries and the public sector, and each workshop is made up of members from different disciplines, genders and cultural backgrounds. The workshop has been held annually since 2000. “Sustainability”, this year’s keyword, places even more focus on environmental issues. Under this keyword, participants searched for the potential assets of cities and for the “Things that we want to preserve”, “Things that must be preserved”, and “Things to convey” in Nagoya. Considering how to effectively utilize these assets, they tried designing systems and processes that guide and assist humans, in addition to designing solid objects.
Participants made five teams and conducted field research from five different perspectives. At the international Design Forum, teams made their presentations about their final proposals with the designated mediums, such as maps, novelties, news papers, moving images and sign design.