Monday, September 11, 2017

Campfire and CRH lecture

In the beginning of the semester we have a campfire, not a real fire of course but our way to get in touch with our new students around an imaginary campfire.

With a group of 77 from all over the world our introduction round was very interesting, we have students who lived their entire life in the desert, some already have experience in the office, many love sports, traveling or making music and we also have students who are experienced in the art of Origami - for sure handy for this years assignment.

And our assignment was also the topic after lunch. Our partner for this semesters is CRH a huge international company who supports the entire building sector. The CRH group is busy in the field of producing building materials in all kinds of scales from producing concrete till highly sophisticated sun shading and they also own gamma and Karwei, so they also provide the end user.

So we welcomed Marcel and Kees-Jan to represent CRH and Sunstock one of the companies within the group that are dealing with sunshades. This semester we will tackle the dutch sun shade market and especially terrace shadings.

After a proper introduction of the CRH group itself they narrowed the topic down to the different sunshading products and asked for our of the box ideas to increase their product portfolio. After the very informative lectures we had a Q&A session and ended the day in the studio on behalf of an invitation of BOUT our student association with a pizza and a drink. A perfect end for an already busy week. Good pizza by the way as you can see on Marcels smile ...

Here a few impressions of the day.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Bucky Lab Day 1 - semsterstart

Just back from far far away and our new semester already started ...with 78 students in total quite a big group.

After an introduction from our dean in the Aula and a short intro about a workshop after lunch we guided our students to a lecture room at Industrial Design to give a proper intro about the BT master and the Bucky Lab. After the lunch we met in our own studio space to start a workshop.

The entire faculty will do a 3 days workshop in the name of ethics and today we talked about intercultural communications - who would have thought that diving into statistics about the cultural differences would be so interesting - everyone was involved in discussions - the best way to get to know each other.

Here some impressions of the day

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Beijing Summerschool Day 12 - in the Hutong

ok its already 7 days ago, I was able to get myself used to the dutch weather and timezone, was able to organize everything that needed to be organized got some rest also and now have been able to develop the last remaining pictures out of thousands I have taken during this busy but wonderful trip.

On the last day we finished all the projects and put everything in a small van, capable to reach the narrow streets of the Hutong. In a sudden the clear blue sky unveiled itself and this seems to be a rarity in Beijing - so even the chinese weather did everything to end this summerschool the best way possible.

We unloaded the elements close to the office building we met before and organized some karts to bring the elements into the narrow streets, there we headed for the previous selected places and tested the urban furnitures. The people from the neighborhood immediately joined us and start talking to our students. In general we have to conclude these ideas worked already very well, and it was a pity that we had to take them away after a few hours - they will be stored and placed again during the Beijing Design weeks which will take place in this area also.

What can I say...still in contact with my students and friends I have made in Beijing via WeChat I am looking back to a very intense and wonderful time, it was hot, yes and honestly too hot for me, but it was worth it. I enjoyed a great hospitality, great food and these weeks will be never forgotten.

Thanks to the team for organizing it, and to the students for all the pleasure I had working with you. We learned a lot and we had a lot of fun - thats the best combination you can ask for !

Next week starting with the new semester we will tackle dutch row houses ...what a contrast

here some last pictures :

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Beijing Summerschool Concepts

I was able to get some draft versions of the concepts we are building, so here a first glimpse for all of you out there asking what we are building

1. a sort of street tetris that can be used to sit, store and gather
2. stackable boxes to use for a shop, but also to sit on
3. benches that form also shelves for the little shops selling their goods on the street.

Day 11 - the last finishing touches

Today was the last full day in the workshop and the students put their hands on the last finishing touches of their projects. And while the paint and oil varnish had to dry the students worked on their presentations or put their hands on some real wood and made small souvenirs. No wonder working in a shop that screams out loud the love for wood and fine woodworking and beeing inspired just by wondering around and discovering the many lovely projects and wooden pieces in the entire shop.

Happy faces all over and even Mr. Miao is having fun, actually I am really inspired by him and hope to have the opportunity to join a project with him ...or at least I have to take a class building a rubber band rifle in his shop ...

Tomorrow we will end the building days and will present our urban furnitures in the Hutong we visited the first days. Here some impressions of the day: