Trials of a “Local Planning Hub” with an e-Portfolio to Achieve a Competent Public Design

By Takayuki Kumazawa and Mieko Saito.

Published by The Design Collection

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This paper discusses design education for local governments and the practical use of open platforms to link local communities. It examines the details of the open process in design education. Based on this inquiry, the authors present a proposal for an open Local Planning Hub website. The contents of this website could serve to raise the standard of public design and make a contribution to regional communities through the sharing of design education. This contribution to the improvement of public design relies on the design capabilities of local government official and students and the teaching abilities of university academics. The Local Planning Hub members could come to serve as a pool of impartial advisers in future decisions concerning public design.

Keywords: Local Planning Hub, Open Platform, e-Portfolio, Public Design, Design Education

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.399-414. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 12.854MB).

Takayuki Kumazawa

Lecturer, Architecture Design Course, Department of Design for Technology, Faculty of Design, Okayama Prefectural University, Soja, Okayama, Japan

Takayuki Kumazawa currently teaches as lecturer in the Architecture design course, in the Department of Design for Technology, Faculty of Design at Okayama Prefectural University in Japan. He received his Ph.D. in engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2003. His main research concerns are urban design and city planning. His current field of study is design management in a local city area. He lives in Okayama prefecture in Japan.

Mieko Saito

Lecturer, IT Contents Design Course, Department of Aesthetic Design, Faculty of Design, Okayama Prefectural University, Soja, Okayama, Japan

Mieko Saito currently teaches as lecturer in an IT contents design course in the Department of Aesthetic Design, Faculty of Design at Okayama Prefectural University in Japan. She received a Master’ degree of Design from Okayama Prefectural University. Her current field of study is media design and media communication. Her recent project involves the management of community design through the use of media communication. She lives in Okayama prefecture in Japan.

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