Swiss Vitality Talk x UoC image
Swiss Vitality Talk x UoC image

Swiss Vitality Talk x UoC

A collaboration between the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan and UNIVERSITY of CREATIVITY

A series of talk events focusing on Healthy Life, Sustainable Planet and Human-centered Innovation with experts from Switzerland and Japan.

Vol.2 - with ECAL

Creativity and sustainability through collaborations

on October 20, 2022

Live on October 20, 2022, 18:30-20:00

One of the world’s leading university for art and design, ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne has built a reputation for successfully engaging with private companies, brands and cultural institutions. How has this culture of collaboration shaped ECAL’s practice-oriented approach of creativity? From furniture to fashion and even space technology, how is ECAL leveraging its network and expertise to foster sustainability through design?

Date:Thursday, October 20, 2022  18:30 - 20:00
Organizer:Embassy of Switzerland in Japan, University of Creativity (UoC) in collbaration with ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne

Alexis Georgacopoulos, Director of ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne
Arata Maruyama, Principal of &Form, Designer
Nao Hayasaka, Ethical & Wellness Director 
Hidenori Kondo (Moderator), Co-Editor of PRESS/Field Director of Sustainability Research Area/Creative Producer (UoC)

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Vol. 1

COLLABORATIVE CONSTRUCTIONS: crafting circularity, participation and purpose through digital fabrication and architecture

On September 6, 2022

Live on September 6, 2022, 19:00 - 21:00

How can robots help humans build sustainable timber structures without a single nail, fastener or metal part? How can members of a community get involved in the design of their own built environment? This year, Switzerland and Japan are exploring the future of architecture at Aichi Triennale 2022 with “Kizuki-au 築き合う—Collaborative Constructions”, two installations by Gramazio Kohler Research from ETH Zurich and T_ADS Obuchi Lab from the University of Tokyo. Featuring Japanese all-timber tradition revived through Swiss technology, the project sheds light on digital processes in architecture, human-robot interactions, community building and the shift towards a circular mindset.
On this occasion, the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan, in collaboration with UNIVERSITY of CREATIVITY, held a talk event exploring sustainability,  participation and purpose in architecture through the lens of “Kizuki – au”, which means “Building together” in Japanese, but also “Understanding one another”.

Date: September 6, 2022, 19:00-21:00  
Online/Live stream on YouTube
Speakers: Prof. Fabio Gramazio (Gramazio Kohler Resaerch, ETH Zurich), Seiichi Saito (Panoramatiks), Hannes Mayer (ETH Zurich), Prof. Yusuke Obuchi (T_ADS Lab Obuchi, the University of Tokyo), Yukiko Shikata (critic, curator)
Moderators: Hidenori Kondo (UNIVERSITY of CREATIVITY), Jonas Pulver/Yuko Takahashi (Embassy of Switzerland in Japan)
Organizers: Embassy of Switzerland in Japan, UNIVERSITY of CREATIVITY

00:11:28 Remarks by Jonas Pulver, Head of Communications and Culture, Embassy of Switzerland in Japan Keynotes: case studies from Kizuki-au 築き合う-Collaborative Constructions.
00:15:22 Hannes Mayer, Gramazio & Kohler Research, ETH Zürich
00:30:20 Prof. Yusuke Obuchi, T_ADS Obuchi Lab, University of Tokyo

00:46:50 Panel Discussion 1
- How can construction embrace circularity and repurposing through technology? How can architectural culture transform community dynamics, and provide a new horizon for value creation?
Hannes Mayer (ETH Zurich), Prof. Yusuke Obuchi (Tokyo University), Yukiko Shikata (critic, curator), Hidenori Kondo (UoC), Yuko Takahashi (Embassy of Switzerland in Japan)

01:23:03 Panel Discussion 2
– Human-machine i(n)tera(c)tions: How are computers, automation and robots re-shaping the realm of design? What does it say about the human role in the creative process, and the relation between built and digital spaces? Prof. Fabio Gramazio (ETH Zurich), Prof. Yusuke Obuchi (Tokyo University), Seiichi Saito (Panoramatiks), Hidenori Kondo (UoC), Jonas Pulver (Embassy of Switzerland in Japan)


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