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Conference Theme

From a fresh viewpoint based on the Eastern concept of [cu:] - “emptiness” - we will aim at restructuring the meaning of design towards a new future. The unique features and characteristics of our host city, Kyoto, will enable participants to gain a deeper appreciation of the subtle relationships between Japanese culture, aesthetics, and design.

In this stimulating context, ample opportunities will be provided for discussion of cutting-edge world design and design education, among participants from some 40 countries representing more than 120 CUMULUS member institutions.

Specialist educators and experts on current state-of-the-art design will review the role of contemporary design and present various alternative perceptions of future possibilities.

With Kyoto as a matrix, we anticipate a great opportunity to develop a synthesis of new design values towards an increasingly creative society and ask for your support, cooperation, and active participation in the conference.

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