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Future Ideations Camp

Future Ideations Camp Vol.3|Co-creating Opportunities for Inclusive Encounters Workshop

Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT]
Date & Time
February 9 (Fri) – 14 (Wed), 2024
10:30am to 6pm (tentative)
Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT]
Around 20
Application Period
December 14 (Thu), 2023 – January 17 (Wed), 2023

CCBT’s third Future Ideation Camp will focus on “Inclusive Design,” following Web3 and Blockchain!
Six-day inclusive design workshop, thinking and creating in partnership with welfare facilities!

Future Ideation Camp is a series of intensive workshops hosted by Civic Creative Base Tokyo (CCBT), bringing together various creative talents to produce new approaches through art and digital technology. Around twenty selected individuals will take part in the six-day program of lectures introducing ways of thinking, workshops enhancing skill sets, and collaborative group work.
The third Future Ideation Camp focuses on inclusive design.

Inclusive design is an approach to design that first emerged as a term in Britain in 1994. Inclusive design incorporates the perspectives of frequently excluded people in how products and services are designed, such as those with disabilities and senior users. It has implications for business, education, retail, public infrastructure, and more. A major part of inclusive design processes is dialogue and communication among different kinds of people. By learning about each other, we gain an interest in our differences, leading to the creation of new ideas.

This workshop brings together people not only with different expertise and skills but also varying cultural, cognitive, and physical attributes to devise ideas for tools and projects that spark communication. Through field research conducted at welfare facilities, participants will meet and interact with people directly impacted by inclusive design issues. They will learn hands-on about environments and tools accessible to different kinds of users, and how to devise concepts and ideas more inclusively.

Utilizing digital fabrication equipment to collaborate on prototypes and then presenting these results to their peers and the public, the participants’ efforts will foster inclusive encounters.


Date & Time: 10 am to 5 pm, February 9 (Fri) – 14 (Wed), 2024
Venue: Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT]

Program Director:

Ito Shin’ichiro (Associate Professor, Faculty of Information Science and Engineering, Kyoto Sangyo University)
Laila Cassim (Graphic Designer, university faculty, Art Director of SHIBUYA FONT)

Lecturers / Facilitators

Julia Cassim (Visiting Professor, Kyushu University and Akita College of Art and Design, Member of Advisory Board, Nara Women’s University) 
Takahashi Kosuke (inventor)
Iwasawa Brothers (Experience and spatial design group / Iwasawa Hitoshi (Spatial designer / Sculptural Design Director), Iwasawa Takashi (Technical Director))

Program & Curriculum 

Day 1: Friday, February 9, 2024
Participant self-introductions
Field research (welfare facilities in Shibuya)

Day 2: Saturday, February 10, 2024
Presenting and sharing research findings
Lecture 1

Day 3: Sunday, February 11, 2024
Hands-on workshop
Lecture 2
Interim presentations

Days 4–5: Monday, February 13, Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Co-creating prototypes in groups

Day 6: Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Final presentations (public event)

Application Guidelines

Application Period: December 14 (Thu), 2023 – January 17 (Wed), 2024
Participant Numbers: Around 20

Application Requirements:

– Participation in all parts of the curriculum
Have either of the following:
– Track record of working in welfare or education, or in art and design or doing related research
– Future goals and plans for your work

Examples of Suitable Participants:
– Students, designs, artists, creatives, engineers, and programmers interested in collaborative spaces and events
– People who work at educational institutions, cultural institutions, and welfare facilitiesz
– Anyone with an interest in inclusive design, technology and well-being, welfare and community, social inclusion, etc.

Selection Criteria:
In case of too many applications, selection will be made based on the application.

Result Notification:
The result will be notified through email on January 22nd, 2024. (subject to change)

Application Process: 
Please apply via the application form. 

Alternatively, please send an email (ccbt@rekibun.or.jp) including the following items with “Future Ideations Camp Application” in the subject line.

– Full Name
– Age range
– Email Address
– Occupation / Affiliation
– Which creative skills do you have that can be utilized in this workshop? Please choose from the list below. Multiple answers allowed. If you choose “Other,” please specify.
Graphic design (Illustrator, Photoshop), Illustration, Photograph, Video/film production and editing, Handicrafts, Digital fabrication, Product design, Programming, CG/CAD, Sound design and music composition, UI/UX design, Other
– Reasons and expectations of your participation in this camp (100 words or less)
– Please feel free to indicate if you need any accessibility support. (Examples: Finger braille interpretation, Tactile sign language interpretation)
– State the link, if you have a portfolio, video materials, websites, or GitHub that introduces your initiatives.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, concerns, or if you would like us to consider or assist you in any way at the event.
Contact: ccbt@rekibun.or.jp

Photo by SOLIT!

Laila Cassim

Graphic Designer, University faculty, Art Director of SHIBUYA FONT

Connects the creative activities in the disability welfare sector with design, developing various products and projects through collaborative design . She is active in promoting the economic independence and social participation of people with disabilities as well as raising social awareness among designers and companies. She is the art director of the symbolic ‘SHIBUYA FONT’, which has received numerous domestic and international awards, including the Good Design Award (2019), the Open Innovation Award from the Cabinet Office (2022) and the Best Design Award (2023) at the Golden Pin Design Awards in Taiwan. She is also a specially-appointed associate professor at Nara Women’s University, a specially-appointed researcher at the University of Tokyo and a part-time lecturer at the Kuwasawa Design Institute. From April 2023, she is a Specially-appointed Associate Professor at Nara Women’s University’s Engineering Department. From 2022, she was appointed a member of the jury for the Good Design Award.

Photo by Tian Khee Siong

Julia Cassim

Visiting Professor, Kyushu University and Akita College of Art and Design, Member of Advisory Board, Nara Women’s University

Arts columnist for the Japan Times from 1984 to 1999, from 2000 to 2014, Cassim initiated and ran the influential ‘Challenge Workshops’ programme at the ‘Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design’, Royal College of Art (RCA). A leading authority on inclusive design, she has organised and run many international context-specific workshops to share inclusive skills and knowledge, and in 2010 was named one of the ’50 most influential people in the world of design’ by the UK’s ‘Design Week’ From 2014 to 2019, KYOTO Design Lab at the Kyoto Institute of Technology – he was involved in a number of progressive projects as a specially-appointed professor in charge of establishing a cross-disciplinary design centre for design innovation. Her projects there have received numerous international awards, including the Red Dot Design Award and the Dutch Design Award.

Ito Shin’ichiro

Associate Professor, Faculty of Information Science and Engineering, Kyoto Sangyo University

Working from an approach of “design by people,” Ito Shin’ichiro’s research and teaching centers on digital fabrication and other forms of digital creativity using 3D printers, and inclusive design, which employs participatory design means to achieve a more inclusive society. His time studying in Amsterdam inspired an interest in social inclusion. Ito has held iterations in Fukuoka and Kyoto of the international ideathon-hackathon Global Goals Jam, which aims to create solutions to the SDGs and was launched by Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in 2016, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme. He studied at the Kyushu University School of Design’s Department of Acoustic Design, followed by graduate studies in design strategy at Kyushu University’s Graduate School of Design. Ito is also a graduate of the Fab Academy, and took up his current post after a stint at the Kyushu University School of Design Dean’s Strategy Division.


Iwasawa Hitoshi

spatial designer / Sculptural Design Director, Iwasawa Bros.

Iwasawa Hitoshi graduated with a degree in architecture from Tama Art University. As one half of Iwasawa Bros., he is charge of sculptural design for the group. He is also a spatial designer and producer of furniture with casters. Iwasawa’s forte is designing spaces, making innovative furniture, and creating various other kinds of objects like business card cases. He loves anything that moves.


Iwasawa Takashi

Technical Director / Iwasawa Bros., TMPR

Iwasawa Takashi is one half of the experience and spatial design group Iwasawa Bros. In 2002, he founded Battanation with his brother, Hitoshi. He designs concepts and serves as director for the group’s spatial design and furniture design projects.


Takahashi Kosuke


dvertising agency, where he was involved in producing inclusive content and signage design for public facilities, before going independent in 2022. In his work, he invents points of contact. Takahashi’s major inventions include Braille Neue, a typeface that combines regular characters with Braille, and the haptic communication game LINKAGE. At the WIRED Audi INNOVATION AWARD, he was selected as one of twenty innovators in Japan. His awards include the Good Design Award, DIA Award, and Japan Sign Design Award.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT] (Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)