Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, China
School of Art and Design, Aalto University (formerly University of Art and Design Helsinki), Finland
Hosting Organizer: Sustainable Design Research Institute, Art & Science Research Centre, Tsinghua University, China
Date: 27th-29th of October, 2011
Venue: Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
This conference explores the possibilities of design in developing sustainable solutions for the future of mankind. In Chinese philosophy, the “Tao” means “path”, “way”, “method”, “principle”, “truth”, “ethics”. Lao-Tse, the ancient Chinese philosopher and the founder of Taoism said, “Man follows Earth. Earth follows Heaven. Heaven follows Tao. Tao follows Nature”. The protection of natural environment is the first and most fundamental guarantee for sustainable development of human beings. The constantly accelerating globalization with its rapidly growing flow of artefacts and consumption is a burden not only to the natural environment but to civilizations, communities and individuals. The deepening ecological crisis is a call also for design: in which ways can it help in solving problems of sustainability in the prevailing context of globalization?