Granag Project Report

April 25, 2013

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Graz and Nagoya Collabo Project
Granag Project Report

The City of Graz (Austria) is an accredited member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the design category like Nagoya.
Every May, Graz hosts Designmonat Graz [Graz Design Month]. Among the nearly 60 events held around the city in 2012 was an exhibit presenting another UNESCO design city: Buenos Aires. Showing considerable interest in Nagoya’s activity as well, Graz has offered to mount a Nagoya exhibit in 2013.
Based on this proposal, it has been determined that a project by students at FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Science, to be launched during the opening session of Designmonat Graz, will also highlight Nagoya. For that reason, the Graz students visited Nagoya in March 2013 to explore its charms and learned about its history, culture and landscape.
The GRANAG Project comprises the cooperation of students from five Nagoya universities* in the FH students’ research, helping to identify a perspective portraying the creative design city of Nagoya for the May exhibition.

■ Granag Meeting

Students led the Granag Meeting project from the very first meeting, gathering representatives from the various universities and colleges in Nagoya and the surrounding area.
They held 18 regular meetings, in which they prepared for the arrival of the members from Graz, Austria by actively sharing opinions, performing research and making presentations.

Date: July, 2012 – March, 2013
facebook : Granag Meeting

■ Research in Osu with Prof. Karl Stocker

Research in Osu with Prof. Karl Stocker from FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Science, Graz.
Date: Friday, December 7, 2012
facebook : Granag Meeting on Dec. 7, 2012

■ Research in Nagoya with students from FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Science, Graz.

Graz Members Arrive, Research Nagoya with Local Members
The Graz members researched Nagoya with local members, visiting Nagoya neighborhoods like Osu and Chojya-machi, then Tokoname and the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art. They interviewed creators and visited factories in order to research Nagoya as a city of design. Afterwards, they held detailed discussions to prepare for the exhibit at Designmonat Graz 2013.
In addition, on the 19th of March, the Nagoya members held an exhibition and made presentations for the Graz members, detailing the results of their planning-stage research.
Date: Monday, 18 – Friday, 22 March, 2013
facebook : Granag Research in Nagoya

Organizer:Granag | Graz and Nagoya Collabo Project
[Creative Design City Nagoya Organizing Committee, FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Science, Daido University, Nagoya University of Arts, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya City University and Nagoya University]