From June 26 to July 1, an International Project-Based Learning (iPBL) program was held by OIT Department of Architecture in Osaka, Japan. Fourteen students from Kookmin University (KMU) and eleven students from OIT joined the program.
The program was held under the theme of Sustainable Design Workshop. Four working groups consisting of students from both universities designed a Pod Architecture equipped with a reading place in the promenade along the Kizu-gawa River. In line with the requirements to use simulations of light and wind flow, the students designed an environmentally conscious building after site surveys and environment investigations. In addition this indoor designing work, they had study tours to visit the buildings designed by Tadao Ando, Japanese worldwide famous architect, and Japanese historical buildings such as Sanjusangendo Temple. In this study tour, they learned the architectural technologies for the environment and Japanese climate. In the final presentation as an idea competition, each group presented its design plan using simulations and models.
KMU is a university which is located in north of Seoul, Korea. OIT Department of Architecture has started iPBL with KMU since 2016. It is expected that various types of exchange programs between two universities will be developed in the future.