Conversation with Professor Yamanaka sShunji: design-futures at Japan House

16 March Prof. Daniel Charny

How was world-renowned design engineer Professor YAMANAKA Shunji’s idea of prototyping born? What will a future design engineer look like?

Directed by Professor Yamanaka and featuring cutting-edge prototypes from his University of Tokyo laboratory, the exhibition ‘Prototyping in Tokyo: Illustrating Design-led Innovation’ has been on display at the Japan House Gallery since January and closes on 17 March 2019. Shortly before the exhibition ends, Professor Yamanaka returns to London to give a talk outlining his approaches to prototyping and how design engineers can realize ‘design-led innovation’.

The talk is followed by an interdisciplinary panel discussion featuring leading UK design academics Professor Daniel CHARNY (Kingston University), Professor Mike WALLER (Goldsmiths, University of London), chaired by sociologist Dr TAMARI Tomoko (Goldsmiths, University of London).

Focusing on ‘the power of making’, the panel discussion explores a wide range of topics such as ‘fixing’, ‘the value of mastery’ and the social role of the designer, offering us a glimpse into ‘Design Futures’. 

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