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THE MILLENNIAL CHINESE CULTURE RENOVATES FOR THE YOUTH DESIGN DAY 2018 IN JAPAN

Making a thousand-year-old culture like the Chinese one new and sustainable? It is possible.
And that’s what these three young Chinese designers did.
Xijing XU
Tian WU
Yue LIU

They are Xijing XU, Tian WU and Yue LIU. They respectively are 23, 24 and 24 years old and all study at China Academy of Art.

Fascinated by the traditional production process of some typical dishes of their Country’s cooking, they looked for a way to build something that could, in a few simple steps, illustrate and physically explain in a new and sustainable way, how are produced some foods usually found on Chinese tables.

Their project has been proposed and welcomed by Switch On Your Creativity for The Youth Design Day 2018.

These are the words explaining from what does their idea originate:

For us the sensation of the taste is deeply connected with the other feelings, which influence our understandings of culture and even our relevant feeling to a special culture group.
This inspired us to present the traditional productive process of [..] into a modern ritual, which makes the eater (or in this context also audience) come closer to the food history.


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BAMBOO: SUSTAINABLE MATERIAL FROM THE YOUTH DESIGN DAY IN JAPAN 2018

Technically a grass, bamboo has been used in decorations and many other assortments, but has only recently been used on a large scale for very different uses. Perhaps thanks to the sustainable movement, the material has become increasingly popular.

The benefits of bamboo are many fold. This material is a very fast growing, renewable and easy-to-grow resource. It is an extremely versatile material with countless uses including construction, clothes, food and fuel. Moreover, bamboo has anti-bacterial properties and is water resistant that makes it a great building material.

There are over 1000 species of bamboo. This amazing plant grows in tropical and temperate environments and is very hardy, not needing pesticides or herbicides to grow well. It is a type of grass and grows from its roots, when it is cut it quickly grows back with most species maturing in 3-5 years.

Some facts about the sustainability of bamboo are:

  • It is grown without pesticides or chemical fertilisers
  • It grows rapidly and can be harvested in 3-5 years
  • It produces 35% more oxygen that an equivalent stand of trees
  • It is a critical element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
  • It is an excellent soil erosion inhibitor
  • It grows in a wide range of environments
  • It’s production into fibres has lower environmental impact than other forms of fibre, especially synthetic ones.

Two are the projects which were inspired by the great sustainability features of bamboo and that will be presented in Japan during The Youth Design Day 2018 edition.

Both the two projects were selected because of their purpose, which has always been dear to Japan and its culture: using sustainable material to create something useful to people and to planet.

One of these projects is by two young Czech Design students:

Daniel Skoták and Patrik Rešl

Daniel Skoták
Patrik Rešl

Daniel is 21 years old, while Patrik is 26. These two guys project uses bamboo as the main material of an object which takes up a very important space in our daily lives.

Here what they told us while talking about their project:

Bamboo was chosen as the material because it is fast-growing, which lessens the negative impact on its environment. It is also carbon-neutral, because it absorbs carbon dioxide while it grows. We want to support and join the ever-growing movement of sustainable design, as this is an element of products that consumers are increasingly looking for.

 

The other project is by a group of Irish and English designers:

Jack Lehane, Jason Ladrigan, Seán Conlan-Smith and Alastair Brook

From left to right: Jack Lehane, Jason Ladrigan, Seán Conlan-Smith and Alastair Brook

They are 24, 24, 26 and 26 and the founders of the DSGN movement, which is a new project pioneered by an international network of student designers. Alongside their sister organisation, MEDS Meeting of Design Students, they have brought creative students from across 45+ international countries together, labouring with love on architecture, design, art, film, photography, and media projects at their annual workshops.

The design which won the competition and which DSGN are implementing and constructing in Bali is by two Polish Architecture Students:

Ewelina Andrecka and Hanna Haczek

Left: Ewelina Andrecka, right: Hanna Haczek

This is what they said about their projects:

The […] is designed in such a way that it gives the impression of a perfect balance with the surrounding nature. It is divided into three sections by mobile walls- frames filled with bamboo, a sustainable material. […] Simplicity is key here and usage of local building materials and plain environmental solutions play a significant role in achieving harmony with the environment.


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Assessor Cristina Tajani on SOYC 5th edition

Within the 5th edition of Switch On Your Creativity, we are pleased to inform you that the project is sponsored, again this year, by the Municipality of Milan.

Cristina Tajani, City of Milan assesor of Labour Policies, speaks about Switch On Your Creativity and The Youth Design Day in Japan.

Switch On Your Creativity was born as an Asian Studies Group production in 2013 and was presented as an intercultural and international contest. It promotes the creativity of young artists following The Charter of Values For Youth Creativity guidelines, born during the contest’s second edition.

The contest has become in its third edition an accelerator of creative projects with the aim of supporting the creation, the promotion and the realizations of artistic contents by Europe and Asia.

This year edition’s theme is Design and Planet and will see the participation of Design projects selected by Asian Studies Group within The Youth Design Day in the Italia Amore Mio Festival, which is the biggest Italian Festival in Japan.

SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY: A KEY POINT CONNECTING MILAN TO OSAKA YDD 2018

Sustainable mobility is the mobility model that enables movement with minimal environmental and territorial impact.

Nowadays there are very different kind of transport vehicles we can choose between to move around the city. We can go to school, to office or wherever we want to go by car, bus, underground, motorcycle, taxi and so on.

All these kinds of vehicles contribute to pollution level’s growth.

Mexico City

The challenges associated with growing traffic, especially in cities, are significant and threaten to become insurmountable. And despite the wide range of ways to get around, there have never been so many people who lack access to transportation or the means to use transportation.

Yet another impact was an increase in sedentary lifestyles, causing and complicating a national epidemic of obesity, and accompanying dramatically increased health care costs.

As the interest and the sensitivity towards pollution problems and sustainability are increasing among society, much are the less polluting solutions that were born (car and bike sharing to mention some).

Sustainable mobility is the purpose which guides Clementina Chiarini and Nicolò Cellina in the project they presented us for The Youth Design Day 2018 edition.

Clementina Chiarini and Nicolò Cellina

Clementina and Nicolò are 24 and 25 years old and are two Italian Architecture students.

The two young students are very glad for the opportunity that we gave them to bring their project in a country which has always considered the theme of sustainable mobility as something truly necessary for the planet’s need to reduce pollution.

In fact, Japan was one of the first countries to internationally highlight the importance of adopting more eco-sustainable behaviors.

Here what they say about their Sustainable Mobility project:

A […] is what you need to move around the city: no traffic, no pollution and no sedentary people! It is special because it is craft made. It is a prototype based in a digital model that you can customize according to your body and your tastes.


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Brand New Youth Design Day 2018 participants!

Let’s go on discovering new Youth Design Day in Japan 2018 participants. Those of today are two groups and two single designer.

All the four design projects are linked, even if in different ways, to the “Sustainable Interior Design” theme we talked about a little while ago.

We will talk extensively about their projects in a few articles. Now, instead, we are focusing on the partipants. Let’s start from the single one:

 

Christian Carlino

Christian Carlino

Christian is 33 years old and he’s from Italy. He earns a Degree in Information Technology and Web Design.

Here what he told us about his project:

What inspired me can be found in the power that the energy fields and the frequencies have on us as human beings. Every vibration, every color, every object, whatever is present on this planet influences our lives.

 

Alessandro Azzolini

Alessandro Azzolini

Alessandro is 20 and comes from Italy.  He studies Architectural Design at Politecnico di Milano.

Below his words describing the design concept:

The concept originates both from the idea of regenerating waste in a way to get a newly usable product and also from the do-it-yourself movement.
In every city, especially in industrial or retail areas, lots of […] are thrown away after their single use. I wanted to do something with them and give them a new life before they are headed to the recycler.

 

Emanuele Matteucci, Giovanni Silvestri and Michele Tunzi

Emanuele Matteucci
Giovanni Silvestri
Michele Tunzi

Emanuele, Giovanni and Michele are all 20 years old and come from Italy. They are university colleagues and study Design of the Industrial Product at Alma Mater Studiorum in Bologna.

These are the words they told us while talking about their project:

This way we save resources both on material, because there is no waste, and industrial treatments.
Furthermore, we built […] starting from a scrap of metal found as a reject in a mechanical workshop, therefore we can say that it is 100% recycled from other processes’ waste.

 

Dario Ivone and Monir Kazemian

Dario Ivone and Monir Kazemian

Dario and Monir are a couple. He is 28 years old and Italian, she is 31 and Iranian. Dario has a Degree in Management Engineering, while Monir a Degree in Architectural Design.

This is what they told us about the project they have developed together:

The elegant geometry and cutting leading to characterize the three shapes, giving new interpretation and defining them as a set of design icon which will elevate the atmosphere of your place and would give your room a modern vibe.


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Broken Nature: The XXII Triennale di Milano Statement

Let’s speak about Broken Nature, theme which animates the XII Triennale di Milano and that is the concept from which The Youth Design Day originates.

Broken Nature is also the theme from which it develops the bond between design and sustainability that guide The Youth Design Day 2018 edition.

Broken Nature celebrates design’s ability to offer powerful insight into the key issues of our age, moving beyond pious deference and inconclusive anxiety.

Paola Antonelli, curator of the XXII Triennale di Milano exhibition

The statement Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival” seeks to start a reflection on the role design has on the research for a new balance between Man and Nature.

That balance which is composed of complex and numerous connections that we have damaged as the time goes by, particularly when we talk about natural environmental resources.

They are connections that must be recovered; in this, design can be a fundamental element not only to provide creativity but also to develop strategies in order to reconsider our relationship with nature.

We have heard in the last decades, in all fields of design, terms like “organic”, “green”, “eco-friendly”, “sustainable”. But the goal Broken Nature exhitibion has gave itself is that designers can give these adjectives meaning and ability to act , encouraging new behaviors.


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LET’S DISCOVER NEW YOUTH DESIGN DAY IN JAPAN PARTICIPANTS!

Let’s go on discovering some of the other names that will participate to the Youth Design Day 2018 in Japan. Today’s artists are both Italian and deeply sustainability driven in the projects they will introduce to us.

They are Sara Vignoli and Alessio De Stefano.

 

Sara

Sara Vignoli is 31 and comes from Sardinia, Italy. She has an International II Level Master’s Degree in Architecture.

These are some of the words she told us when speaking about her project:

Living and working with plants improve air quality, make people more creative, more productive, and reduce stress.  Pots and green walls are the most usual solution to bring nature in our lives, […] was born to create an innovative way to solve this problem.

 

Alessio

Alessio De Stefano is an Italian artisan ad he’s 30 years old.

Here what he told us about his project:

The idea was to build a beautiful object, with a vintage touch, meant to be useful and not only decorative.
[…] 
A natural amplifier that will never run out of energy. But also a nice item that invites everybody to play with it.


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LET’S DISCOVER THE YOUTH DESIGN DAY IN JAPAN PARTICIPANTS!

As anticipated last Friday, here are unveiled the names of the first two participants in our contest The Youth Design Day in Japan 2018:

They are Florian Van De Voorde and Vincenzo Sorrentino, two young designer who deal with subjects that are very different from each other.

We want to leave you hanging a little more, so we won’t tell you all about them. You will discover it by continuing to follow us.

 

Florian

Florian Van De Voorde is 22 years old and comes from Belgium. He studies Interior Design at the LUCA School of Arts in Ghent.

Let’s find out what inspired this young artist in his design and sustainability project, which will be presented in Japan. Here are his words:

“Last year – from august to october 2017 – I did my internship in Onbetaalbaar. This is a community of craftsmen (and women) who like to invite people to think about a more sustainable way about throwing away things and redefine what is thrash and what could be re- or upcycled.  During this internship I got the chance to develop my first prototypes. This formed the base on which I made these pieces.”

 

Vincenzo

Vincenzo Sorrentino is 25 years old and he’s Italian. He has a Bachelor in Design & Communication and a Master in Food Design.

Here, instead, is what inspired Vincenzo in his project on the theme of sustainable design:

“Everything started with this question: can the shape of the plate change my eating behaviours and my approach to food? My reflection and my research drove me to the conclusion that in the world different culture eat different kind of food but in the same round plate and so I experimented new shapes trying to re-create new rituals.”


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THE YOUTH DESIGN DAY IN JAPAN 2018: INCOMING NEWS!

From next Monday, you will discover the names of the designers whose projects have been selected to participate to our contest The Youth Design Day 2018 in Japan!

Their works will be officially presented during the Italia Amore Mio! festival in Nagoya.

The names, together with the projects concept, will be showed every week.

All the designers will be presented with their works through video-interviews, images, and lot of other contents.

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