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Introduction to The Global School Lab

TGS Lab is an innovative onsite design and technology service platform for the urban regeneration of Baitasi, guided by LCD (Laboratory for Creative Design).
TGS Lab provides essential design knowledge storage and technical support for The Global School.

LCD and collaborators work together to integrate global resources in order to make TGS Lab a unique knowledge materialization machine for designers and local communities.

Their approach is based on onsite rapid fabrication solutions, divided into six sectors according to design methodologies, scales, materials and fabrication methods.

Open Source: Design

This sector is aimed to link onsite and online designers who work on specific hutong renovation problems. Open Desk from UK and DotA from Beijing will share their experiences about open source design system and wood furniture digital fabrication techniques.

Hutong Regeneration

This sector exhibits the research work done in different Beijing areas (from Dashilar to CBD, from urban villages to Gulou) by LCD during the past four years. Based on different urban topics and scales, the projects offer new future visions, together with the creative use of computational tools in the plans for urban renovation of Baitasi.

3D Printing

3D printing is a fast fabrication technology with many current and future applications. Always considering the peculiar conditions and characteristics of the hutongs, this sector focuses on small scale renovation projects such as building components, furniture, products. The sector is organised by Benz Model from Beijing together with Zensun3D and MakerThink from Shanghai.

Robotic Fabrication

This sector is going to introduce the research done and an interesting discussion on robotic fabrication, looking at the future potentialities of how to engage this new and advanced technology in the old hutong context. ASW and team from Tsinghua University will share the results of their work.

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality is going to bridge the design with more friendly visual experiences. It can also being integrated with 3D scanning, virtual design controlling and BIM model. Applied to the hutong context, this technology can provide useful VR experiences for further urban regeneration. LeFun from Beijing will announce its research plan in this field.

Interactive Design

Interactive Design implies the creation of a design interface which adapts to the requirements of the local community. Based on cellular aggregation, the teams from AA and Tsinghua are going to show how to use Arduino to control dynamic organisation and adaptable systems, taking the design system to another level.

Based on those six sectors, LCD is trying to go beyond known boundaries and disciplines, encouraging the most unconventional mix and match of seemingly disparate research areas. The focus is always on the communication between socio-political convolutions and new emerging technologies, to create a flexible and adaptive system for Baitasi.

In the space designated for TGS Lab, during 2016 Beijing Design Week, a series of events and discussions will be arranged upon the aforementioned six sector topics on design method development, rapid manufacturing technology and open source system.

LCD-Laboratory for Creative Design

Xu Feng and Zhao Liqun (curators)
Tsinghua University; Open Desk; DotA; ASW; LeFun; BenZ Model; Zensun3D; MakerThink; Nanjing Fine Art School (participants)

Sept. 23rd – Oct. 7th

The Global School / TGS LAB / 14 Gongmenkou Santiao