Nagoya City University
Graduate School of Design and Architecture
and School of Design and Architecture
The School of Design and Architecture is an educational research institute which aims to organically harmonizes the essence and ideas of the two disciplines. Its objective is to explore designs for the future society, with fundamental focus on human's ability/understanding in technology and sensitivity. The school is one of the few in Japan which contains the term 'Design and Architecture' and hence operates with awareness that its works can contribute to the new age with great importance.
The School of Design and Architecture at Nagoya City University is enjoying its 22nd year, after opening in 1996, which consisted of two departments. It was expanded to three departments in order to respond to the accelerating demands for new designs in current days. The three departments are : Department of Informatics and Media Design, Department of Industrial Innovation Design and Department of Architecture and Urban Design. These three are now proceeding with several valuable researches and projects for the School.
The Department of Informatics and Media Design focuses on media-related designs such as informatics, interface and audio-visual creation. The Department of Industrial Innovation Design focuses on industrial design, graphics design and 3DCG. The Department of Architecture and Urban Design on theory and technology of architectural design/planning, environmental design, structural mechanics and urban planning.
'Design' is the fundamental concept in the field of Design and Architecture and this is precisely why all departments implement the terminology in their names.
'Design' is an action which seeks to propose and materialize principles/ideas , which is based on the views broadly understandable and shared in the society. It covers the range from merely following the forefront of visible trends rather to aiming to understand the sociological problems and the targets that become apparent in our days, and to trying to develop active strategies for feasible resolution. It requires an ability to propose a real model or a mechanism that could act as suitable solutions based on the strategies. Design provides rationality and order to something that had been overlooked by the society and gives new meanings and functions. It transforms ambiguity into something real, an unseen to a seen, unsafe into safe, or an old to a new. It improves the everyday life of people who benefits from the new ideas as opposed to being a tool that inwardly expresses designers' egos. If the users could sympathize and feel inspired from it, 'design' could become a powerful and meaningful tool. The academic field of Design and Architecture can be a steering wheel that opens up possibilities for a bright, new society.