This year, the event is themed as “Future City, Future Architecture/ Scaling Up Intelligent & Ecological Campus”, in which original ideas, methods and paradigms in response to the innovation and entrepreneur-oriented needs of cities will be explored and tested. Lectures and field trips offer various activities alongside the main design / project workshop. Results from the summer school will be documented and published, and the projects developed within the 2016 C3S will culminate in an open review by an international jury. The top three projects will be awarded with a prize.
The 2016 C3S will offer students the opportunity to apply their acquired knowledge in an intensive workshop where a realistic practical project will be thoroughly developed, following the rationale of an entrepreneurial Experiment Lab under the title “Future City, Future Architecture: Scaling Up Intelligent & Ecological Campus”. It will also be the chance to join international students from UPM, the 8 top Chinese Universities in Architecture, Tongji, and EU and US universities in a multicultural multidisciplinary setting, as well as meeting international recognized experts which will help to assess students’ projects and in general will contribute to the exchange of ideas and knowledge. The limited number of participating students (20 to 25) will grant an intense learning atmosphere and the full immersion into a process of realistic innovation development.
There are three major objectives of this course: (i) to use Tongji’s Siping campus as a living lab for city projects; (ii) to provide students with advanced design concepts, tools and methodologies to improve their trans-disciplinary skills on innovative projects; (iii) to investigate and test the scalability, sustainability and market potential of the ideas behind innovative projects.
After completing the course, students are expected to understand and be able to use a number of very practical methods to manage theme-oriented innovative projects and/or to pursue their own endeavors following new approaches in the framework of City Sciences. New methods and approaches are needed to face the urban challenges of the future, and the C3S sets a starting point for this. This course is also part of City Sciences Minor offered by Tongji University, composed of four additional blocks on Architecture and urban planning, ICTs and big data, Society, economy and ecology, Construction, mobility and energy.