2019 XJTLU International Conference Architecture Across Boundaries: Sustainable Design Across Boundaries



  • Date: 21 June 2019
  • Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Venue: IAG08
  • Title: Sustainable Design Across Boundaries


As global warming and climate change are getting more serious, it is becoming a major concern in many countries all over the world. In China, sustainability development has been regarded as one of the five major development concepts in the outline of China's 13th five-year Plan. To tackle the sustainability problems, it is essential to rethink and develop radical and innovative ways in what we make, consume, use and discard products and services. As architects and design-ers, we have the utmost responsi-bility to make this change. This seminar is to share some good cases and examples in China and overseas from the academia and the industry, particularly focuses on products and services. We hope this seminar can bring new insights and inspirations about how design can initiate positive environmental changes.


Dr Jun Zhang
PhD in Design, Associate Professor, Deputy Director of Industrial Design Depart-ment in School of Design, Director of Sustainable Design Lab in HNU (EU funded), and Vice-Coordinator of DESIS-Lab in Hunan University.
Dr. Zhange's design research and practice focuses on the topic of Design for Sustainability, Product Service System Design, Service Design and Design for Social Innovation.
In 2010, he co-founded LeNS-China (Learning network of Design for Sustainabil-ity in China) together with Tsinghua University and became the partner of the new LeNSin project which was funded by EU Erasmus+ program. Since 2017 he has collaborating with BRICS countries' design partners on the topic of design strategy addressing climate change.

  • Title: Service Design Thinking Driven Municipal Solid Waste Collection System Design: Strategic Research and Practices
  • Abstract: The public service of garbage sorting is very difficult to promote in China. Many cities have experienced serious waste siege and environmental pollution caused by it. In recent years, the large-scale use of disposable take-out lunch boxes has even led to more serious waste of resources and environmental pollution. As a basic environmental and livelihood service, the specific service innovations from the top-level design to the related fields are urgently
    Service design can be integrated into the public service system of garbage classification as an integrated thinking framework and method, which is embodied in the relevant design strategy. This presentation will show the design and teaching practice of the School of Design, Hunan University on the classification of urban waste and the disposal of second-hand idle items, as well as the latest development of design workshops.

Dr Zemeng Wang

Professor Zemeng Wang, Associate Professor, Vice-President of Art School, Soochow University
Professor Wang is mainly engaged in environmental art design and relevant theoret-ical research. Adhere to practical project design for a long time, and is commit-ted to the combination of theory and practice

  • Title: Thinking on the Sustainability of Culture in Environmental Design
  • Abstract: Sustainable design has been paying more and more attention in various aspects at present. In environmental design, sustainable design is often difficult to distinguish from "ecological design", and people pay more attention to its "natural science" attribute. However, as the carrier of culture, what role should be played in the sustainable development of culture is a question worthy of our consideration.

Mr Gabriele Tempesta
Design Director at SUYI 苏邑 Urban Studio
Gabriele Tempesta is a designer committed to create positive impact by creating sustainable and human-centered products and services.He graduated with honors from Politecnico di Milano in Industrial Design, and obtained a Master degree in the same subject at Eindhoven University of Technology, with a focus on intelligent products. He started his career at YANG DESIGN, one of China’s leading local design studios, becoming the leader of the “City Innova-tion” department, a cross-disciplinary team working on public design and social innovation.
Gabriele has been directly involved in several city furniture and signage design projects for clients such as Xi’an and Shanghai municipalities, China Fortune and Shanghai Urban Design Festival, for which he designed a smart recycling station for residential compounds.
Gabriele is also an experienced public speaker, with over 20 speeches since 2015, many of which delivered at high-profile events such as Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou Design Weeks, and the Korea Conference on Service Design.

  • Title: Rethinking China’s “Rubbish Houses”
  • Abstract: Rubbish houses are a common sight around Chinese residential compounds: they are large brick buildings designed essentially to cover the wheelie bins used to collect the rubbish. While they certainly do a good job at hiding the bins, the same can’t be said about their appearance and usability. In a moment in which Chinese legislation is getting really serious about waste management and hundreds of new waste-sorting solutions are popping out by the day, this presentation covers the inside story of an experimental rubbish house re-design project carried out during the 2nd Shanghai Urban Design Festival, showing the actual design process, challenges and results

Mr Lu Miao (Max)
Lu Miao (Max) is a senior consultant at MSC with a specialty in green finance and sustainable supply chain management. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Economics from Bowdoin College with a minor in Government and Legal Studies.
Max has 5 years of education and work experience related to sustainability in the United States. Previously, he worked as a Sustainability Research Assistant at the World Resource Institute (WRI)’s North America office, where he authored WRI's annual report on greenhouse gas emissions and researched food waste and waste reduction practices. He also worked as a Water Fund and Policy analyst for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in the U.S., researching water conservation, fishery management, and global hydro investment trends.
With cross-continental experience in green finance, data analysis, and research, Max has provided sustainability consulting service to clients ranging from fast-growing tech companies such as Kuaishou to established corpora-tions including NAOS and Coca-Cola.

  • Title: Sustainability by Design
  • Abstract : From toxic smog, dockless bike graveyards, to DiDi’s safety incidents, China’s rapid economic rise comes at the price of new environmental and social challenges. The government and public call for more sustainable growth in all aspects and increasingly expect businesses to be an essential driver in this transformation. Max will share his experiences working with corporations to achieve the balance between financial and social goals —sustainability not only for the company but also the society as a whole. In particular, he will demonstrate the use of the design mindset to integrate sustainability in
    day-to-day business operations.