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Mr. Neri and Ms. Hu will share with us the core values of their practice where inter-disciplinary approaches to architectural design have been employed to solve contemporary and complex issues, while achieving meaningful architectural design.  Mr. Bruges will present his pioneering works of innovative art installations and site-specific interactive designs that demonstrate a true integration between art, design and technology.  

Mr. Bunnag will share his views and experiences on the forces and elements that drive the development of  ‘creative districts’, area-based development models that have been implemented in the Klongsan-Chareon Krung areas of Bangkok over the past few years.

Finally, Professor Carracedo will reflect on his experiences as an urban architect who was involved in the planning and development of 22@ Barcelona in Spain.  The 22@Barcelona project transformed two hundred hectares of industrial land at Poblenou into a district offering modern, innovative spaces for the strategic concentration of intensive knowledge-based activities. This initiative is also a project of urban refurbishment and a new city model in response to the challenges posed by the knowledge-based society (source:


There will be eight panel discussions about contemporary and challenging issues, presented by experts and you can participate by commenting and asking questions.  The topics were particularly chosen so that we can reflect on complex challenges, such as rapid urbanization, resource depletion and an ageing society, all of which require multi- and inter-disciplinary collaboration and expertise beyond the field of architectural design. Other topics concerning emerging approaches and trends in design research and practice include: resilient cities, the innovation district and innovative and future living.  


In addition to the keynote lectures and panel discussions, we are honored to have Professor Dr. Motoharu Takao, Tokai University, to lead a workshop on “Asking User Experiences of Brain: Psychophysiology of Ergonomics”. This workshop is a practical example of how design research and practice can benefit from close collaboration with experts from other fields.  In particular, it can provide a better understanding of how a person’s brain responds to a physical environment as ergonomic conditions change and how this might contribute to more evidence-based design.