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50th Celebration at Tsinghua University

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In collaboration with Zhuangshi Journal at Tsinghua University, Leonardo/ISAST will celebrate it's 50-year anniversary at the International Design Journals Forum to be held at Tsinghua University, Beijing, on September 28, 2018.

Since the Computer Age commenced, great changes have taken place in design science. Design journals effectively record and reflect these changes and play a key role in sharing design concepts, approaches, and results. Editors of key design journals and design
theoreticians in China and elsewhere will be invited to the forum to discuss design development trends, new forms of building academic platforms, and new approaches and paradigms of design research. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Zhuangshi Journal, and the forum will be the most important part of the celebrations marking that occasion.

Presenting will be Leonardo Publications Executive Editor Roger Malina.

Hosted by Professor FANG Xiaofeng Editor-in-chief of Zhuangshi Journal.




Series Activities of the 60th Anniversary of ZHUANGSHI Journal

Friday, September 28

9:00 - 12:00
Tsinghua’s Main Building

Zhuangshi 60th Anniversary Conference

Host: Prof. Fang Xiaofeng,

Editor-in-Chief of ZHUANGSHI, Vice Dean of Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University

Guest Speakers:

  • Mr. Wu Shangzhi, President of China Periodicals Association
  • Prof. Qiu Yong, President of Tsinghua University
  • Prof. Roger Malina, Executive Editor of  the  Leonardo,  Professor  of  Arts and Technology and Professor of Physics at UT Dallas
  • Mr. Zhang Bohai, Ex-President  of  China Periodicals Association, Academic Consultant of Zhuangshi Journal
  • Prof. Lu Xiaobo, Dean of Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University
  • Prof. Han Xu, Vice Dean of Shanghai Institute of Design, China Academy of Art
  • Prof. Zhang Jian, Professor of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts


14:00 – 15:00
Tsinghua Art Museum

Opening Ceremony of Exhibitions

  • Aesthetic Education, Facing the Public: 20th Century Design Journal in China
  • Invitational Posters Exhibition for the 60th Anniversary of ZHUANGSHI Journal


Saturday, September 29

9:00 - 12:00
A301, Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University

International Design Journals Editors Forum

The Value of the Editor in Academic Journals

  • Richard Buchanan, Editor of Design Issues

Practice Guide, Research Drive: How Does Design Study Establish its Own Disciplinary Paradigm

  • Fang Xiaofeng. Editor-in-Chief of ZHUANGSHI

Viewing the Future of "Design" from the Perspective of the Design Magazine Axis

  • Masahiro Kamijyo. Editor-in-Chief of Axis

Folding and Design

  • Hang Jian, Editor of New Arts

Q & A discussions.


14:00 - 17:00
A301, Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University

International Design Journals Editors Forum

Now that We Have Helped Redesign the Arts, Lets Start Redesigning the Sciences

  • Roger Malina, Executive Editor of the Leonardo

Building the Academic Community and Outlooking the Future of Design in China

  • Li Lixin, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Nanjing Arts Institute(Fine Arts & Design)

Design History: Diversity and Globalization

  • Daniel Huppatz, Editor of Journal of Design History

Clinic,  Reflection  and  the  Foundation  of  Design Research

  • Xin Xiangyang, Editor-in-Chief of Creation and Design

Q & A discussions.

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About Leonardo/ISAST
50 Years of Celebrating the Community

Almost half a century ago, kinetic artist and astronautical pioneer Frank Malina set out to solve the needs of a community of artists and scientists working across disciplines by using the “new media” of the time: offset print publishing. As a groundbreaking, innovative venture, Leonardo represented a unique vision: to serve as an international channel of communication among artists, with emphasis on the writings of artists who use science and developing technologies in their work. The result was Leonardo, an academic journal for artists with the peer-review rigor of a scientific journal. For 50 years, Leonardo has been the definitive publication for artist-academics, and the field has gained momentum in recent years.

Leonardo's anniversary celebrations are made possible by our international partners and led by the 50th Anniversary Committee Chair Nina Czegledy.


September 28th, 2018 from  6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tsinghua University
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