Smart Craft Studio is an intensive 3-week design prototyping program that aims to integrate traditional woodworking technique known as Kumiki with physical computation and programming. The Kumiki technique is a system of interlocking woodcrafting technique and its application ranges from architecture to wooden puzzles for toys.
During the program, participants will learn about the processing of wood harvesting, to have hands-on lessons to learn about traditional kumiki (wood joinery) technique from the master craftsmen; and to learn about physical computation using open source hardware and sensors from Professor Kobayashi from Institute of Advanced Media and Sciences (IAMAS).We will have visits to local artisan studios, furniture factory, and sightseeing tours on the weekends.
For the design studio, participants will work in teams to build prototypes of Smart Craft objects or modular systems which can respond to users or its surrounding environments. Each team is expected to present 2 functional prototypes at the end of the 3-week program.
The program will be conducted primarily in English with translation from Japanese.
Situated in the northern part of Gifu Prefecture in Japan, Hida is known for the traditional wood joinery (kumiki) technique and its furniture & forestry industry. The area is also known for its picturesque village, traditional craft, local cuisine & natural surroundings.
Who is eligible to apply for this program?
The program is open for students who are currently enrolled in the schools listed below to apply:
*Parsons School of Design
*National Chiao Tung University, Graduate Institute of Architecture
*University of Toronto, John H. Daniels of Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
How To Apply?
Eligible applicants can fill in the application form and select 2 projects from their portfolios to upload in the following link. ※This program is finished.
Application for the program opens from Jan 25, 2016 to Feb 29, 2016. The application closes at 23:00 EST on Feb. 29 (12:00[pm] TPE on March. 1)
The enrollment result will be announced in beginning of March through email.
Program DateMay 28, 2016 – June 20, 2016
Program FeeUSD 3,450Program tuition, lodging accommodation during the program in Hida, insurance coverage for operating woodshop equipment and processed wood as prototyping material are included in the program fee.
Please note that traveling cost (like flight ticket and local transportation) are not included in the program fee. ** For meals during the program, participants have the option to join meal plans in additional cost.