Architectural design refers to the fundamental design that is closest to our lives, in the creation of the places in which we live and work. From planning and design to final provision of completed work, the entire architectural design process will be studied in a staged approach. First projects include basic interior settings and general residential structures. As students progress, they will develop designs for a variety of architectural scales and purposes, from primary schools to museums and communal housing projects. Some students have planned galleries in their seminars and actually constructed them. In addition, students will study such contemporary issues as environmental concerns and priorities.
Landscape design, as its name implies, involves designing the landscape around us. Resolving the issues related to the environment, society, and people’s lives, the landscape designer’s job is to create a beautiful space and an environment best suited to its location and surroundings. From parks to tree-lined pedestrian paths along rivers, all are landscapes that must be designed. The basis for such design lies in a comprehensive understanding of the nature, history, culture, society and physical nature of a place, and an appropriate arrangement of the living relationship between nature and people. This filed will focus on this type of landscape design as it teaches students in practical terms how best to utilize and evoke the natural forms of gardens, parks, farms, villages, rivers and man-made mounds.
This refers to the renovation of existing structures, revitalizing them as contemporary, newly fascinating spaces. In Japan, the trend has been to demolish an older structure and replace it with a new one. But today, focus has turned to renovation as a means of creating new townscapes and living spaces. The challenge of such work is how to create a space suitable for human life. Students will work together to renovate a historic storehouse in Yamagata City; this Storehouse “Kura” Project will create new spaces such as fashionable cafes and galleries.
Sustainable design entails protecting the global environment, living in harmony with nature, and creating a sustainable future for human habitation. Today we live in an age in which we all must bear these concepts in mind. Indeed, we must not only consider these issues, but also prepare for issues that will emerge in the future. Students will learn new ways of sustainable living that employ natural cycles and natural energy.