Particular to the Ausmip exchange is the diversity of the partners, each taking on leading research positions within their niche.
Stemming from a strong Engineering tradition, UACEG’s department of Civil Engineering, Todai and Chibadai’s GSE’s are primarily conducting research in what could generally be considered as a traditional way of conducting scientific research. TUM is part of the same tradition, however its range of interests (Building Informatics and Robotics) set it apart and also laid the foundation to incorporate an entirely new strand of research into AUSMIP+.
Humanities & Social Sciences
Similar to W&K, ENSAPLV is a school with a very strong tradition in design, however in 1968 its strong ‘Beaux-Arts’ tradition was uprooted, and since that time research and education at ENSAPLV are primarily conducted in coalescence with Social Sciences. Equally rooted in a very strong Humanities tradition, TUL research focuses mainly on City Conservation, History and Architectural Theory, similar to UACEG’s department of Architecture.
Seoul’s national University accommodates different research laboratories many focusing on Engineering, however the main laboratory involved in the Ausmip program has a very strong inclination towards architectural philosophy.
Design by Research
Kyudai’s GSHES and Todai’s GSFS, which was founded only in 1998, focus on a Trans-Disciplinary approach. At the GSFS, and specifically the Ohno laboratory collaboration in between different disciplines is combined with a very innovative Design by Research approach, corresponding with W&K’s strong focus on the integration of research and design in its so-called ‘tracks’. The GSHES in Fukuoka by itself is a unique solution to a common issue found at many universities, namely how to combine the strong demands on the profession of architecture and urban planning from fields encompassing both Engineering and the Humanities..
In New Zealand, Auckland’s NICAI focuses, similar to W&K, on a Design by Research approach.
A new approach and field of research to the AUSMIP+ partnership is the very specific expertise of SKKU. Their research, coined as ‘u-City’ strongly correlates with TUM’s interest and adds an innovative fourth strand of research to the partnership. The impact of new digital technologies, and how this affects the usage of citizens and business of our cities and built environment is very much under-represented at most departments educating planning or architecture. Within the context of ageing and shrinking populations, (which are expected to be most dramatic in Korea) the Korean government is actively coordinating and supporting research in this field. In Fukuoka Kyudai’s Hasegawa laboratory and the German AAL Laboratory are each specialized partners with a very specific expertise and interest in this field.
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