The Summer Sessions program comprises two phases: Research and Design.
The first week is dedicated to research and input. We kick-off the first week with research through several introductory group excursions in which we collect as much (visual) information as possible. The tutors will hold masterclasses to share various research methodologies with you. These are the tools and methods that the tutors themselves use in their daily practices. We will end the first week with a review.
In the second week is output-oriented and dedicated to producing work. You will have the opportunity to sign-up with the tutors for individual talks. These ‘sessions’ are what the Summer Sessions are about: one-to-one dialogue with some of the best critical thinkers and makers in the field. The tutors will help hone your concepts and sketches into viable design outcomes. We end the week with a presentation of your results in a public group show. Special guests and visiting artists/designers will participate in this final critique.
Throughout the two weeks, you are actively encouraged to produce as much visual material as possible, in the form of drawings, diagrams, physical models, mock-ups etc. Activities will alternate between closed-knit collaborations, individual talks, group crits, excursions, thematic lunches and mini masterclasses given by (guest) teachers.
Participants receive an official ‘certificate of completion’ at the end of the Summer Sessions.
Fri July 28Arrival in TokyoCheck-in to hotelWelcome drinks
Sat July 29Program kickoffParticipant introductions
Sun July 30Introduction to theme
Mon–Thu July 31–Aug 3Group excursionsCity walksMasterclassesWorkshops
Fri Aug 4Presentation of research resultsGroup crit
Sat–Sun Aug 5–6Free days
Mon–Thu Aug 7–10Individual discussions, talksDesign & production
Fri Aug 11Preparing final presentationFinal critique
Sat Aug 12Public presentation of final resultsClosing party
Sun Aug 13Certification ceremonyCheck-out