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Exhibition | Design-Driven Social Innovation for UNEP (United Nations Environmental Programme) at Tongji College of Design and Innovation
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In December and January 2017, Avril ACCOLLA, Associate Professor of the Tongji University College of Design and Innovation, organised a course exploring, from a multi-disciplinary perspective, the rural-urban dynamics. 


The course aimed to explore possible winning strategies to enhance rural-urban dynamics in a sustainable way, and developed two innovative pilot projects focusing respectively on a traditional Chinese rural village and on a rooftop garden in Shanghai.


Based on the ‘Design for All’ approach (DfA), the course involved lecturers from different colleges of Tongji University (D&I, CAUP, Engineering, Economics, Geography, Environmental Sciences, Earth Science, Technology, Medicine, Foreign Languages and Humanities) and external experts.

For the pilot project, Dr. Anna-Paola POLA and Dr. Simone RICCA of WHITRAP were invited to participate in a lecture and discussion with the students, focusing on the revitalization of a village. Dr. Anna-Paola POLA’s lecture notably built upon the preliminary results of the ongoing Small Settlements research she has conducted at WHITRAP since 2017. 


On March 16th, 2018, the best student works were exhibitedat the College of Design in the presence of the Dean of the Faculty, Prof. LOU Yongqi, and all the guest lecturers.



The course lecturers
The course lecturers

Prof. Lou Yongqi and Avril Accolla
Prof. Lou Yongqi and Avril Accolla
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