The Asian Lifestyle Design Research Lab provides research service to and generates critical knowledge for designers and industries creating innovative, sustainable products and services for the Asian lifestyle. To further this, it also engages in fundamental and historical research, develops appropriate methodologies for fieldwork and analysis, and seeks collaborations with industrial and academic partners.
The Lab undertakes both broad and focused people-centric and user-centred research that explores those trends that have relevance to design-driven businesses serving Asian contexts, and it investigates the social, cultural, historical and environmental drivers of lifestyle change. In collaboration with industrial and academic partners, it directs specific projects that seek to understand circumstances where appropriate, sustainable products and services can be developed. The lab is especially active in context scanning and ethnographic studies of everyday experience in urban China. Its current emphases are middle-class consumption, sustainable lifestyle, sustainable micro-production, related design research tools, and Chinese traditions of design thinking/ making. The lab is also involved with the establishment of supportive networks such as LSDER-China for fieldwork and analysis.
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