Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media

30 June 2010

From Land to Sea - Cumulus 2010 Summer School summary

 August 27 - September 7, 2010

New alternative and sustainable systems of public transport means, services and infrastructure on, under and with the help of water


Three students from Lahti University of Applied Arts Institute of Design and three from Aalto University flew from Helsinki to Shanghai on August 26th, one of the students first time abroad and first time flying.

Reaching Shanghai and the venue the Aalto Tongji Design Factory, the students and their tutor met for the first time their coming fellow students, six from University of Dundee, Scotland, five from Hochschule fur Gestaltung in Offenbach, Germany and twelve from Tongji University, China,  as well as two more tutors,  professor Loredana Dilucchio from Sapienza, Rome and senior lecturer Andy Yuk from Tongji College of Design and Innovation. The goal of the workshop was to create and develop new and alternative systems and services of public transportation with the help of, under, or on water. Final presentations were to be exhibited at the Cumulus World Conference exhibition opening September 8th.

The students were divided in to six teams of five representing all nationalities each first to create their new international team identities.  The research and information gathering phase included lectures from the professors and two field trips, one using as many of the public transportation means in Shanghai as possible in one day and the other one to the ancient water city of Zhujiajiao, where also students from the Politecnico Milan joined to share experiences as valuable reference.

For the concept phase each team had to find and agree upon a location their system was aimed at. Locations chosen were Osaka in Japan, Surtan in India, Jakarta in Indonesia, Shaowu in China, Hawaiian Islands and Shanghai.

The proposed systems varied from floating streets for flooded cities to autarchic capsules travelling in underwater tubes. The highlight of the workshop was when Minister Anni Sinnemäki and her staff visited the workshop and challenged the students solutions. Having a multidisciplinary mix of students helped to gain technical, ecological and social credibility to the presentations and even the tutors had to be convinced about the feasibility of wildest of the ideas. The presentations were completed meeting the deadline and are exhibited at the Cumulus Exhibition in Shanghai for two more weeks. The students did a wonderful work in a very limited time and their teachers in their home universities have all the reason to be very proud of them. "

Created projects:

Osaka, Japan   (availble from the Secretariat, justyna.maciak[at]

Surat India

Jakarta Indonesia

Shaowu China pdf shaowu

Shanghai China pdf shanghai

Hawaiian Islands pdf hawaii


Hochschule fur Gestaltung Offenbach, Germany

Dundee University School of Design, Scotland

Lahti Polytechnic Institute of Design, Finland

Aalto University School of Art and Design, Finland

Aalto University School of Science and Technology, Finland

Tongji University College of Design & Innovation, China

Tongji University College of Electronic and Information Technologies, China

In collaboration with

Sapienza University di Roma, Politecnico di Milano and Univercidad Valencia



Professor Eero Miettinen, Aalto University School of Art and Design, Finland  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

YU Xinan, Tongji University College of D&I, China

Loredana Di Lucchio, Sapienza Universita di Roma, Italy


Venue: Aalto Tongji Design Factory, 100 Zhangwu Road, Shanghai, China