On July 21st, at the Fukuoka City Zoo, a bilingual workshop titled "Envisioning the Future of Humans and Birds" was held for the general public. The workshop was a collaborative research effort between Assistant Professor Tokushu Inamura, Professor Yasuyuki Hirai and Professor Melanie Sarantou from the Department of Strategic Design, together with graduate students from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London in the United Kingdom.
The purpose of the two-hour workshop was to consider the interaction between humans and animals to apply to design, with a focus on birds, as they exist in various countries worldwide. Through the expression of art, the workshop encouraged participants to contemplate the relationship between birds and humankind. Attendees shared their own experiences and imaginations related to birds, sparking lively discussions among them. The project will continue in Singapore and will be further analyzed through ethnographic research methods in London. The designs will be used to improve the coexistence of humans with other animals.
On the second day of the workshop, participants created bird nests as part of the activities. Additionally, the event was also held at the Omuta City Zoo. Kyushu University continues to have a collaborative working relationship with researchers from the Royal College of Art through alumni Assistant Professor Inamura and Professor Hirai.
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