Jinwoo Kim and Seungchul Ha

Biography Jinwoo Kim and Seungchul Ha

Jinwoo Kim is manager at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza also called the DDP, which is a major urban development landmark in Seoul, South Korea designed by Zaha Hadid and Samoo. DDP houses a fashion design information center and lecture and exhibition halls, and it acts as a test-bed platform for various corporate design products as well as a place for international cultural exchange and cooperation. Jinwoo has a background in design management at the Pratt Institute in New York. More information can be found at this website. Seungchul Ha is head of the Planning & Policy Development team of the Korean Institute of Design Promotion. Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP) was established by the Korean government in 1970 to promote the design industry and expand export. As a national government design organization, KIDP promotes Korea’s mid- to long-term design policies and engages in various exchange programs with countries around the globe. To meet the demands of the digital design era of the 21st century, KIDP particularly focuses on leading Korea’s economic development and enhancing the quality of life by promoting cutting-edge design industry. Moreover information about KIDP can be found at this Korean website.

Engaging Encounter

The encounter took place on Thursday May 28, 2015 at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul, South Korea

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Slowly but certainly moving towards 100

Continuing this project next to my regular work (since my sabbatical ended almost a year ago) is quite a challenge, and especially updating the website. Since the summer holidays started, I now have a bit more time to address my adventures the last half year. In 2016, I had 12 encounters up till now.

12 new encounters 2016

At the top row, you see three encounters I had with designers in practice (from left to right: Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken, Less or More and Onmi) about their approaches and visions on design and design research. Moreover, I had the opportunity to have five inspiring encounters with researchers who were visiting the Computer Human Interaction conference in San Jose, CA, USA (from the 2nd row on the left to the right and downwards: George Khut, Dag Svaenas, Gerrit van der Veer, John Zimmerman and Marko Teras) about the direction HCI and design research is taking, and how this relates to social, cultural, philosophical, technological and economical developments in our society. Moreover, Pierre Lévy and I had the pleasure to have an encounter with Veronique Hillen, Dean of Paris d.school, on design thinking and design education (3rd row on the right). I met Gbolagade Ayoola, professor emeritus of Agricultural Economics and Policy and founder and president of Farm & Infrastructure Foundation, in Eindhoven and we discussed amongst other things  the differences between Nigeria and Europe e.g. regarding the role of policy and technology to offer people equal rights. In August, I had a meeting with Maarten Konigs & Hans Robertus from the Holland Branding Group (4th row in the middle) to discuss participatory processes to explore the identity and branding of groups and neighbourhoods to offer people a frame and source of inspiration to act upon. Finally, I explored with Roel Freeke, the director of Necker van Naem, about the role of data, tools and social interaction to support governance and democracy processes. So the counter has reached 79.


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