The 2nd China Design Research Forum

The 2nd China Design Research Forum

Do you want to know the updated design research in China or topics related to China in one day? Please come and attend the 2nd China Design Research Forum online. This is an open platform to bring researchers in academia and industry together. In this one-day event, we have three keynote speakers and 11 invited speakers covering three sessions, being Industry Forecasting, Philosophy and Pedagogy, and Research and Application.

The 2nd China Design Research Forum 2021 is organized by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and co-organized by Zhejiang University. It is on 10th Dec 2021, the day after the 13th China Design PhD Colloquium. The event is conducted with online mode and open to all the public who are interested in design research to participate.

Forum Chair

Kun-Pyo Lee, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Sylvia Xihui Liu, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Lingyun Sun, Zhejiang University


Free for attendance

Online Live

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Opening remarks


Prof. Kun-Pyo Lee, Dean of School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Keynote speeches

9:40 -10:15     

Design Theory for Theory Design
Ding-bang Luh, National Cheng Kung University/ Guangdong University of Technology

10:15 - 10:50  


Insitu Project: Research by and through Design: a Trans-disciplinary Social Design Perspective
Peter Hasdell, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Session A: Industry Forecasting


Yun Wang

China Academy of Arts

Smart-production: A conversation between design and culture  


Shane Lee  


A new era of mobile phone design

 Session B: Philosophy and Pedagogy

13:00 - 13: 25 

Ninghui Hao

Central Academy of Fine Arts

Beyond Transcendence: The Social Sculpture Meaning of Ecological Art and Design

13:25 - 13: 50 

Ying Hu

Hunan University

Design self-awareness · Design walk the talk: Research on Service Design Thinking

13:50 - 14:15  

Yixi Bao

Jiangnan University

From Visuality to Sociability: The Design Evolution in a Complex Context

14:15 - 14:40  

Wei Liu

Beijing Normal University

Donald, tell us how: On the new contexts for teaching design psychology

14:40 - 15:05  

Jiang Xu

Tongji University

Design Pedagogy from the Perspective of Technological Philosophy

Session C: Research and Application

15:05 - 15:30

Xinyang Tan

Shanghai Jiaotong University

Research on the design and fabrication of hand orthoses based on contact pressure monitoring

15:30 - 15:55

Jinyi Zhi

Southwest Jiaotong University

Re-design Train Experience 

15:55 - 16:20

Lie Zhang

Tsinghua University

A Research on Digital Diagnosis and Treatment Service System of Autism based on Data-driven Approach

16:20 - 16:45

Kejun Zhang

Zhejiang University

The Inheritance and Innovation Design Research on the Arts of Seal Engraving

Round Table 

17:00 – 18:00  

China Design Research Forum from 2019, 2021 to 2025

Jun Cai, Tsinghua University
Renke He, Hunan University
Kun-Pyo Lee, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Yongqi Lou, Tongji University
Ding-bang Luh, Guangdong University of Technology
Lingyun Sun, Zhejiang University
Linghao Zhang, Nanjing Institute of Arts

Keynote speech

18:00 - 18:45


Interplays between constructivism, cognitivism, humanism and behaviourism in the development of a contemporary design curriculum

Peter Childs, Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London, UK

Keynote Speakers

Peter CHILDS   

Professorial Lead in Engineering Design and Co-Director of the Energy Futures Lab, Imperial College London, UK

Research areas: Design, engineering, creativity, enterprise, sustainability

Bio: Professor Peter Childs FREng is the Co-Director of the Energy Futures Lab and Professorial Lead in Engineering Design at Imperial College London, and Chairperson at BladeBUG Ltd and Q-Bot Ltd. His professional interests include creativity tools and innovation, design, heat transfer and rotating flow, sustainable energy and robotics. Former roles include director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre for Aero-Thermal Systems, director of InQbate and professor at Sussex University, Founding Head of the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial. He has contributed to over 200 papers and books on engineering design.

Topic: Interplays between constructivism, cognitivism, humanism and behaviourism in the development of a contemporary design curriculum

Learning theories commonly considered in higher education include behaviourism, humanism, cognitivism and constructivism. Each of these has held sway for a period and has contributed to our understanding and ability to develop and deploy evidence-based curriculums and learning environments. This presentation considers the contributions of these learning theories and their relevance to the design, engineering and hybrid domains, with a particular focus on the recently developed curriculum for an integrated four-year full-time master (MEng) in Design Engineering at the Dyson School of Design Engineering Imperial College London together with the background, motivation and rationale for its creation. The presentation will explore the current state of engineering and design teaching, the potential for these subjects, the emergence of opportunities in design engineering, and based on this analysis, a manifesto for the fusion of design thinking, engineering thinking and practice within a culture of innovation and enterprise that underlies the curriculum for the new Meng degree.  Alternative options and building blocks for curriculum content design engineering are discussed along with evidence for particular pedagogic, research-led, design-led and innovation-led approaches. 


Associate Dean of Academic Programmes and Associate Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Research areas:  Social Design, Sustainable design and development, Metabolic and responsive architecture, Game-boarding and strategic urbanism, Design Interaction, Cross inter and trans-disciplinary research, Research by design

Bio: Peter Hasdell is an architect, urbanist and academic. He is the Associate Dean of Academic Programmes in the School of Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A graduate from the University of Sydney and the Architectural Association, London, he has practiced, researched and taught in Europe, North America and Asia since 1994, including the Bartlett School (UCL) and the Berlage Institute (TU Delft). He has been a key member of internationally known research institutes including Chora, C.A.S.T, established and directed A+URL and currently runs In-situ Project with Kuo Jze Yi as a practice-based research. His current research focuses on metabolic design on the scales of the city (city as a life form, urban sustainability and ecology), and as architecture (interactive and responsive architectures, circular materiality).

Topic: Insitu Project: Research by and through Design: a Trans-disciplinary Social Design Perspective

Peter Hasdell established Insitu Project in 2015 as a trans-disciplinary research by design platform. Insitu Project works with villages to enable sustainable practices in social, economic and environmental factors through local interventions. Initiating processes that enable community competencies by aligning resources, opportunities and organization, it seeks to enable community resilience. This approach to rural development is not only a physical or technical or functional solution, but is one that aligns both the hardware and the software of the project in an integrated design approach involving circular economy practices that create value, increase community cohesion and share benefit.

The presentation will reference two key projects by Insitu Project: Miaoxia Community Projects and Zhoushan House of Dreams. It will outline how the alignment of localised socio-material conditions and resources with consideration of the habits, patterns and values of the inhabitants is necessary (McGetrick & Jun 2009) for a more sustainable rural development approach. Social design can, with careful positioning, have a role in these contexts as it re-values and reconfigures existing bottom up ‘oikos’ (the root of both ecology and economy) from the stakeholders perspective. As a contextual practice engaging the social, working “in an economy of reciprocity” (Janzer & Weinstein 2014), this generates design-research processes aimed at social innovation. The inherent social enterprise and knowledge transfer processes can become strategic directives and motivation able to instigate and drive larger social changes through design. 

Ding-Bang LUH 

Distinguished Professor, National Cheng Kung University & Guangdong University of Technology

Research Areas: science of design, innovation management, service design, cultural and creative industries studies

Bio: Ding-Bang Luh is a distinguished professor at School of Art and Design, Guangdong University of Technology, China. He is also the Chairman of the Taiwan Design Innovation Management Association and President of the International Service Innovation Design Association. While he worked in Taiwan, he had been Dean of Creative Design College, Asia University, and head of the Department of Industrial Design and director of the Institute of Creative Industrial Design, National Cheng Kung University.

Topic: Design Theory for Theory Design

To date, the theories used in design come from related fields, so integrated innovation becomes a common practice. For design involves too many fields of knowledge, including physics, physiology, psychology, philosophy and other fields of intersection, it is difficult to innovate and accumulate in a systematic manner. The lacking of conceptual tools could be the main reason. Mirror theory is a creative technology, like the machine tools that can be used for innovating designs and reinventing theories. Several design theories developed from mirror theory are introduced in this speech. 



The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design


International Design Institute, Zhejiang University

Supporting organizations:

Tsinghua University
Tongji University
Hunan University
Jiangnan University
National Cheng Kung University