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What would the world map look like if all the ice in the North Pole melted? How fast will Arctic ice melting happen? Is there any possible way to stop or relief it? How will our daily life change if the sea level and climate change dramatically? How is glacial melting endangering polar bears in Arctic? Will the new type of business and industry rise in the future world affected by climate change? If human can benefit from the consequence climate change, will we try to stop or even speed up it? Who will profit from if ships will be able to sail over the ice-free sea in… More

Your Heart is an Empty Room – Synopsis

Kawaii is an adjective meaning cute in the Japanese culture context, which is usually represented by visual hallmarks as pastel colours, cartoon baby animals, frills and shiny decorations, though it is regarded such as eccentric or childish sometimes. For the kawaii lovers, no matter whether they dress in Lolita or Harajuku style costumes or focus on kawaii characters and its daily commodities, what attracts them is the therapeutic cute design for its warm, cheering qualities and self-expression. Contemporary Japanese culture scholar Sharon Kinsella’s states that “kawaii type products could disguise and compensate for their very alienation of individuals from… More

Kowloon Walled City recreated in Japan

Kowloon Walled City was a largely ungoverned densely-populated settlement in Hong Kong. Due to the political factors against a specific historical background, the Walled City get into a hotbed of criminal activity. While this region was notorious for its public safety and sanitary problems, the residents here developed the tightly knit community and relationship in overcrowded living conditions. In January 1987, the Hong Kong government announced plans to demolish the Walled City. Before the demolition was completed, Canadian photographer Greg Girard spent five years to know the residents and take pictures here. The photographs, oral histories, maps and essays in Greg’s book recording the daily life, memories and its spirit… More

Literature Review

  Climate change makes North Pole warmer is one of the most serious global warming effects. A report in 2016 found that the entire Arctic region is about 13 degrees warmer than usual, temperatures near the North Pole have risen above freezing in the latest sign of the “sudden” and “very serious” changes to the Earth’s climate. At the same time, the extent of sea ice in the Arctic is at a record low beating the all-time low seen in 2012. The amount of Arctic sea ice last year has been significantly below the average for 1981 to 2010. It is believed that the North… More

Uncertain around uncertainty

In Georgina Voss’ seminar about uncertainty, we discussed the definition of following items: Known Known Known Unknown Unknown Known Unknown Unknown In my interpretation, it might connect to the points on the timeline. Our present was shaped by the decisions we made in the past, just as our future is shaped by decisions we make now. Known Known: the past decisions and results which we already knew Known Unknown: the unknown present results affected by known present decisions Unknown Known: the known present decisions and unknown future affected results Unknown Unknown: the unknown future decisions and result We already knew the past things which already happened, while… More

Will the regeneration programme make Elephant & Castle region closer to “ideal” ?

Being known for its distinctive name and an important transport interchange, Elephant & Castle is a region far away from a symbol of decent. Quite frankly, the street view here gives people a complicated image- shabby, chaotic, but lively. Actually, the quality of the environment in this region has improved in recent years. According to my friend who has lived opposite the Elephant & Castle tube station, chain stores inside the shopping centre open successively, public security is getting better, and the undergoing regeneration programme might bring more positive effects. In the blueprint of regeneration programme, this plan will bring more constructions and development, including the new… More

Reverse Engineering: No Place Like Home

Title No Place Like Home – reimagination of objects from traditional shoe-making industry Field of Study In this project, I plan to start from the everyday objects in the traditional industry – shoes, give the imagination from literature or culture and explore the potential relationships between users and things. Through the interaction with our prototype, I hope to bring a reflection on reconnecting people to the craftsmanship inherent in shoe-making, and also stretch the boundaries of possibility for the industry. Context It is the commission from Global Footprint project in Northamptonshire, the county which was famous for the shoes-making traditional industry. More

Dioramas – Hiroshi Sugimoto

“Dioramas” is the first photo project of Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto. In American Natural History Museum, Sugimoto captures his scenes with a large format camera, long exposures time and adjustment of light to present his idealistic vision of nature. His photos brought these dioramas to live, “However fake the subject, once photographed, it’s as good as real.” Sugimoto said. In this moment, the boundary between fake and real get blur. Back to Natural History Museum, to make these three-dimensions dioramas, researchers and photographers are sent to the spots, collected lot amounts of specimens, photos and data from nature, then created the illusion of reality. Sugimoto’s… More

Making Nature

When I was a child, I was really obsessed with the specimens exhibited in the zoo of my city and visited there again and again. The stuffed specimens were positioned in front of the elaborately painted backdrops with the artificial plant, displaying animals in their natural surroundings. My favourite one was a group of wandering wild yak. Every time when I stared at it, I felt crossing the limitation of time and space, and the diorama brought me to the imaginary Tibetan Plateau that I had never seen. Probably we could view diorama as the work result of making nature. Human order everything according to the classified labels we… More

Interview of Kawaii Gazette

Kawaii Gazette is an over 10 years blog managed by two lovely Italian girls written in both Italian and English. What they discuss about is not only the general stereotype(such as Hello Kitty, shiny pink stuff or Lolita style) but the kawaii elements on really wide aspects. The blog shares kawaii information of lifestyle, commodities, Japanese origin characters, handmade craft and even consumer electronics. I emailed them for the interview to understand more about European kawaii lovers perspective, then they replied me kindly and promised to help me with a written survey. Q1. Would you please… More

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Research Questions

What would the world map look like if all the ice in the North Pole melted? How fast will Arctic ice melting happen? Is there any possible way to stop or relief it? How will our daily life change if the sea level and climate change dramatically? How is glacial melting endangering polar bears in Arctic? Will the new type of business and industry rise in the future world affected by climate change? If human can benefit from the consequence climate change, will we try to stop or even speed up it? Who will profit from if ships will be able to sail over the ice-free sea in… More

Your Heart is an Empty Room – Synopsis

Kawaii is an adjective meaning cute in the Japanese culture context, which is usually represented by visual hallmarks as pastel colours, cartoon baby animals, frills and shiny decorations, though it is regarded such as eccentric or childish sometimes. For the kawaii lovers, no matter whether they dress in Lolita or Harajuku style costumes or focus on kawaii characters and its daily commodities, what attracts them is the therapeutic cute design for its warm, cheering qualities and self-expression. Contemporary Japanese culture scholar Sharon Kinsella’s states that “kawaii type products could disguise and compensate for their very alienation of individuals from… More

Kowloon Walled City recreated in Japan

Kowloon Walled City was a largely ungoverned densely-populated settlement in Hong Kong. Due to the political factors against a specific historical background, the Walled City get into a hotbed of criminal activity. While this region was notorious for its public safety and sanitary problems, the residents here developed the tightly knit community and relationship in overcrowded living conditions. In January 1987, the Hong Kong government announced plans to demolish the Walled City. Before the demolition was completed, Canadian photographer Greg Girard spent five years to know the residents and take pictures here. The photographs, oral histories, maps and essays in Greg’s book recording the daily life, memories and its spirit… More

Literature Review

  Climate change makes North Pole warmer is one of the most serious global warming effects. A report in 2016 found that the entire Arctic region is about 13 degrees warmer than usual, temperatures near the North Pole have risen above freezing in the latest sign of the “sudden” and “very serious” changes to the Earth’s climate. At the same time, the extent of sea ice in the Arctic is at a record low beating the all-time low seen in 2012. The amount of Arctic sea ice last year has been significantly below the average for 1981 to 2010. It is believed that the North… More

Uncertain around uncertainty

In Georgina Voss’ seminar about uncertainty, we discussed the definition of following items: Known Known Known Unknown Unknown Known Unknown Unknown In my interpretation, it might connect to the points on the timeline. Our present was shaped by the decisions we made in the past, just as our future is shaped by decisions we make now. Known Known: the past decisions and results which we already knew Known Unknown: the unknown present results affected by known present decisions Unknown Known: the known present decisions and unknown future affected results Unknown Unknown: the unknown future decisions and result We already knew the past things which already happened, while… More

Will the regeneration programme make Elephant & Castle region closer to “ideal” ?

Being known for its distinctive name and an important transport interchange, Elephant & Castle is a region far away from a symbol of decent. Quite frankly, the street view here gives people a complicated image- shabby, chaotic, but lively. Actually, the quality of the environment in this region has improved in recent years. According to my friend who has lived opposite the Elephant & Castle tube station, chain stores inside the shopping centre open successively, public security is getting better, and the undergoing regeneration programme might bring more positive effects. In the blueprint of regeneration programme, this plan will bring more constructions and development, including the new… More

Reverse Engineering: No Place Like Home

Title No Place Like Home – reimagination of objects from traditional shoe-making industry Field of Study In this project, I plan to start from the everyday objects in the traditional industry – shoes, give the imagination from literature or culture and explore the potential relationships between users and things. Through the interaction with our prototype, I hope to bring a reflection on reconnecting people to the craftsmanship inherent in shoe-making, and also stretch the boundaries of possibility for the industry. Context It is the commission from Global Footprint project in Northamptonshire, the county which was famous for the shoes-making traditional industry. More

Dioramas – Hiroshi Sugimoto

“Dioramas” is the first photo project of Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto. In American Natural History Museum, Sugimoto captures his scenes with a large format camera, long exposures time and adjustment of light to present his idealistic vision of nature. His photos brought these dioramas to live, “However fake the subject, once photographed, it’s as good as real.” Sugimoto said. In this moment, the boundary between fake and real get blur. Back to Natural History Museum, to make these three-dimensions dioramas, researchers and photographers are sent to the spots, collected lot amounts of specimens, photos and data from nature, then created the illusion of reality. Sugimoto’s… More

Making Nature

When I was a child, I was really obsessed with the specimens exhibited in the zoo of my city and visited there again and again. The stuffed specimens were positioned in front of the elaborately painted backdrops with the artificial plant, displaying animals in their natural surroundings. My favourite one was a group of wandering wild yak. Every time when I stared at it, I felt crossing the limitation of time and space, and the diorama brought me to the imaginary Tibetan Plateau that I had never seen. Probably we could view diorama as the work result of making nature. Human order everything according to the classified labels we… More

Interview of Kawaii Gazette

Kawaii Gazette is an over 10 years blog managed by two lovely Italian girls written in both Italian and English. What they discuss about is not only the general stereotype(such as Hello Kitty, shiny pink stuff or Lolita style) but the kawaii elements on really wide aspects. The blog shares kawaii information of lifestyle, commodities, Japanese origin characters, handmade craft and even consumer electronics. I emailed them for the interview to understand more about European kawaii lovers perspective, then they replied me kindly and promised to help me with a written survey. Q1. Would you please… More