Ruskin in Japan| Following the birthplace of community design & The Gozan Okuribi Viewing Party– Pre event for celebrating John Ruskin’s 200th anniversary (2019)
The person who influenced the father of Modern design, William Morris, and inspired Mahatma Gandhi; John Ruskin, who stated that “There is no wealth but life.” His philosophy is said to be the origin/ birthplace of community design.
Ruskin was a social critic and thinker during the time of the 19th century industrial revolution. An era, characterised by low quality goods being made in bulk, increased concentration of population. This was the setting in which Ruskin mulled over what an ideal society, economy, nature and culture should be. The idea of understanding oneself, and living sustainably were the ideas that catapulted the National trust movement, and the arts and crafts movement.
As part celebrating John Ruskin’s 200th birthday anniversary, we will be organising a symposium, exhibition. This Active Book Dialogue is part of the pre-event for John Ruskin Study group.
The first half of the event will be introduced by Mr Yamazaki Ryo, who is part of the executive committee of the 200th anniversary celebrations. This part will cover the basic introduction of Ruskin.
Following, we will then dive into the Active Book Dialogue, reading the “The origin of Community design”, by none other than Mr Yamazaki Ryo. This part of the event will be facilitated by none other than NPO Home’s vi.
How can we regain a sense of community within a modern day world that gives priority towards economic growth and exploitation of resources? If you want to think of these questions together, please feel free to join us in this educational journey of Ruskin and his philosophy.
CEO of studio-L, Social entrepreneur, Community Designer, Professor and Director of the department of Spatial Design in the Kyoto University of Art and Design, Vice President in RIPS, NPO.
Born in Aichi, in 1973. After the university, he worked in SEN, inc., where he developed his skills and knowledge in landscape design advised by Mr. Shosuke Miyake, a founder of this firm. As well, he learnt social organization and relationship management from Dr. Fusayo Asano there.
Then he founded studio-L in 2005 and he has continuously offered the innovative solutions for the local problems by inspiring and leading the local communities. He advocates the importance of “Community Design” which he defined as the empowerment of the locals through design to make them happy. His major projects contain planning workshops, making comprehensive plans, and designing buildings and landscape for revitalizing the local area.
At the same time, one of his major achievements has been that he closely studied some kinds of communities in rural area like a small island and a mountain village, in Hyogo Earthquake Memorial 21st Century Research Institute in 2006-2010.
He has published some books including: Community Design(2011), Social Design Atlas(2012), The era of Community Design(2012), Happiness theory for the local area(2012).
(Taken from http://www.studio-l.org/en/members/yamazaki.html)
What is ABD?
Active Book Dialogue (ABD) is a new way of reading one book with your community in an hour! Each person takes up one chapter, reads it in an hour, and then shares it to the group. They then go in for a discussion to talk about the book. If you want to know more about it please feel free to check it at: http://www.abd-abd.com
Date: 2018, August 16th
Part 1: 16:30~19:30
Part 2: 20:00~21:30
Place: Impact Hub Kyoto.
Part 1: 2000yen (Hub members 1000yen)
Part 2 1500yen (Hub members 1000yen )
PArt 1 and Part 2: 3000yen (Hub members 2000yen)
Contact: 075-417-0115 [email protected]
Organised by: John Ruskin 200th anniversary celebrations Executive committee
Co-organised by: The guild of st george, Ruskin Publications, Itoen, Kyoto university of art and design, Impact Hub Kyoto.
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