Online international design workshop "IOOI - Inside Out - Outside In" hosted by HAWK Hildesheim in Germany, one of our partner universities, was held on October 13 and 20, 2021, with the participation of students and faculty from the Department of Architecture.
The workshop was conducted using only digital tools and English, and a total of about 100 people from 9 universities from 4 continents (Canada, USA, Brazil, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Uganda, India, and Japan) gathered at the same time, overcoming a time difference of up to 16 hours.
The main theme is "How will the Covid pandemic change the future of architecture?”
The aim is to show that the pandemic of the new coronavirus infection has not left the field of urban planning and architecture unscathed, but has posed new challenges for future planning scenarios.
On the first day of the workshop, each university from nine countries gave a 5-minute presentation on one theme. From our university,OIT, under the supervision of Dr. Shinsuke Fujii, a team of five students gave a presentation entitled "In Praise of the Four Seasons," in which they argued that by adding tree planting spaces that match the seasons to existing architecture, we can create comfortable spaces that are also friendly to the environment.
In the second week of the workshop, six mixed teams from each university were formed to discuss the same theme using the MIRO digital board, organize common issues and solutions, and exchange opinions in a plenary discussion.
The results were analyzed quite differently depending on the students' experiences with pandemics in their home countries. For example, one student from India reported that the reduction in traffic caused by the lockdown actually led to improved air quality in megacities such as New Delhi.
Another student pointed out how small urban spaces are being creatively reused and how parks are being transformed into public open classrooms.
All students found a unifying element in their groups. They agreed that green spaces in residential areas have increased in importance and significance, especially during times of closure, as they provide shelter and escape for disaster victims around the world.
Participating universities and educational institutions are as follows
*BCIT British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver / Canada
*City College New York/ USA
*Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre / Brazil
*Universidade Autonoma de Lisboa / Portugal
*FH Joanneum in Graz / Austria
*HAWK Hildesheim / Germany
*Nkumba University in Entebbe / Uganda
*Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture For Women BNCA Campus in Pune / India
*Osaka Institute of Technology /Japan