The first Cumulus Lab hosted by Tongji University in Shanghai, China is open!

Opened on November 2, 2011, the Cumulus Lab at Tongji is the first of a network of physical open spaces and it will encourage Cumulus members to discuss and exchange regional specificities and develop regional programs within a worldwide context.

Cumulus has been challenged to evolve a communication and activity structure that will allow its members to undertake projects and Cumulus-related work in a time and cost efficient and eco-conscious way. The Cumulus Executive Board decided in September 2011 in its meeting to support the establishment of local platforms that promote affordable access to programs involving education, research and practice in collaboration with industry, business and society to a growing membership. The 1st ever Cumulus Lab was decided to be founded in Shanghai China and to be hosted by the Cumulus member, Tongji University.

The initial goal is to broaden the connections between the Cumulus and its members in the most dynamic and populous areas of development in the world, and where it is evident the potential for a growing membership is most promising. The board decided to let the members access this Lab as platform to engage with local best practice, share knowledge and create synergy and support the further development of the global community of universities and colleges in art, design and media.

This Cumulus Lab is a platform in the China Shanghai region, for building active links to the best universities, companies and organizations in the region. The Cumulus members can utilize the lab to incorporate local universities into its activities. The Cumulus Lab in Shanghai can help members of Cumulus develop their contacts with Chinese Cumulus members, and build activities with them and reciprocally.  

This Cumulus Lab at Tongji is the first of a network of physical open spaces and it will encourage Cumulus members to discuss and exchange regional specificities and develop regional programs within a worldwide context.
The Key functions of  Cumulus Labs, and what they could offer Cumulus   The key function of the laboratory would be:
1. a free gathering place for  Cumulus member institutions where local and cross-cultural  Cumulus initiatives can take place;
2. a communication platform between the Cumulus members, local potential partners, to communicate to people what the Cumulus is and to describe its activities;
3. an education and research base: the Lab would engage in this Cumulus Lab in Shanghai in a variety of design and research projects and in networking activities.  

The Cumulus Lab uses the Aalto-Tongji Design Factory (ATDF) space and the Sino-Finnish Centre of Tongji and the Finnish Aalto University. SFC is an open innovation environment based on interdisciplinary and international university-industry collaboration. On the 1st Anniversary of SFC November 2nd, 2011 at the same time the Cumulus Lab is to be opened . At the time there will be celebrated also the expansion of the Aalto-Tongji Design Factory (ATDF) space. The use of the Cumulus Lab will be worked out through the Cumulus Secretariat with the Cumulus Lab Shanghai and the activities are accredited by Cumulus. The opening of the first Cumulus Lab during the time can also help better understand China, its dynamic developments and its effects on the world. China is an innovative and reforming country – building the future, creating and opening new opportunities.

On the afternoon of Nov. 2nd, 2011, Professor Helmut Lueckenhausen, Vice President of CUMULUS Association, Prof. Zhou Jialun, Chairman of Tongji University Council, and Prof. Wu Zhiqiang, Vice President of Tongji University announced the opening of CUMULUS LAB Shanghai in the Sino-Finnish Centre. Mr. Matti Heimonen, Consul General of Finland in Shanghai, Prof. Martti Raevaara, Vice President of Aalto University, Prof. Hannu Seristö, Vice President of Aalto University, Prof. Ezio Manzini, Coordinator of DESIS, Prof. Lou Yongqi, Vice Dean of College of Design and Innovation and Executive Vice Director of Sino-Finnish Centre, Tongji University, and Prof. Yrjö Sotamaa, Past President of CUMULUS and Executive Vice Director of Sino-Finnish Centre attended the ceremony.

Cumulus Vice President Helmut Lueckenhausen introduced CUMULUS to the audience and expressed his best wishes to SFC’s future. This Lab was a platform in Shanghai for the active establishment of links to world-top universities, companies and organizations. The CUMULUS Lab will encourage its members to discuss and exchange ideas so as to develop regional programs within a worldwide context. The key function of the laboratory would be: a free gathering place for Cumulus Association member institutions where local and cross-cultural Cumulus Association initiatives can take place; a communication platform between the Cumulus Association, local potential partners, to communicate to people what the Cumulus Association is and to describe its activities; an education and research base: the Laboratories would engage in a variety of design and research projects and in networking activities. Prof. Lou Yongqi, Executive Vice Director of Sino-Finnish Centre is also a member of CUMULUS Executive Board.

More information: Secretary General Eija Salmi, eija.salmi@aalto.fi

 

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