During the Spring of 2017 fourteen students and four faculty members from both the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Architecture and the Nagaoka Institute of Design in Japan collaborated on a series of design exercises to imagine and define spaces for peace in both Nagaoka and Honolulu. Each group had the opportunity to travel abroad, learn about the context, experience the culture, better understand the design problem and make new friendships. The academic and cultural exchange originated from recent peace commemorations between the two nations and is intended to pave the way for future generations to embrace world peace through design.

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