Institution: Tongji University, College of Design and Innovation - 同济大学，设计创意学院
Location: Shanghai, China
Focus Area: Design for global challenges and to elevate the quality of life, innovation to promote social reforms and sustainable development
Expertise: Applying circular economy approaches to meet the urgent need of world-class sustainable design and social innovation, when China is turning from "Made in China" to “Created in China"
Undeniably, some of the world’s most profound environmental changes are under way in China, as it is both highly impactful in terms of emissions, as well as proactive in attempts to mitigate its own impact. The studio studies the carbon cycle in China and its system with the aim to map the system of stakeholders and actors involved in carbon practice. At the same time, it produces media and communication projects which aim to create awareness and distribute knowledge about the carbon consumption in our ordinary life.
She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation
Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship 2017 alumnus, Yubei Gong, whose interview article titled, “In conversation: Ellen MacArthur: From linear to circular” has recently been published on She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation (link).
Design Festival: Pan – Tongji Design Week: A New Decade
Tongji University, College of Design and Innovation, supported by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, hosts the first Pan – Tongji Design Week: A New Decade. Aimed at enhancing design-driven innovation, a cross-border platform is being developed for communication in innovative design education, research, and social practices.
Collaboration with industry and local government:
The college has signed a strategic cooperation with Ai Recycling Co., Ltd. As the leading recycling business, it focuses on recycling of mobile phones, laptops, digital cameras, and other 3C (Computers/Communications/Consumer) products. It is also committed to the development of waste recycling and classification, to extend the service life of consumer products. Ai Recycling and Tongji jointly set up a working group focusing on course cooperation, project consultation, and establishing a joint laboratory for research. (More info).
By linking various industries and ecological subsystems to achieve maximum environmental flourishing, new industries, jobs, and livelihoods will add a new dimension to green development. ZhangYan Harvests will be an incubator of new environmental and economic models in the context of sustainable economic, social and ecological development. (More info).
Professor LOU Yongqi, Dean of Design and Innovation College
Find out more:
Tongji University College of Design and Innovation Homepage: Link