K2 Asian Laboratory for Design-Driven Innovation

K2 is a pioneering design lab based in Asia, as a collaborative initiative between Kyushu University Faculty of Design in Fukuoka Japan and id KAIST (Department of Industrial Design of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) in Daejeon, South Korea.
Harnessing the global networks of both institutions, Re:public is taking a role of planning, networking, and project facilitation.

The world’s leading researchers, designers, technologists, visionaries and philosophers, have been working together to accelerating innovations, project visions and push creative education forward with a global perspective. K2 Projects have been put in action engaged by academia, citizens, industry and government.

K2 have holden international workshops, winter school program, and corporate sponsored research projects since it was launched in the spring of 2017.

In February 2017, K2 held an advanced project studio entitled ‘Designing Future Cities’, as a collaborative effort between Academia and Industry to envision the future of our cities. The studio invites Bryan Boyer as Director, who has a track record for conducting many urban innovation projects such as his work at the Helsinki Design Lab. Over the course of one week, Kyushu University, KAIST and students from notable International Universities met industry partners to reimagine our collective futures through working the case of Fukuoka 2030.

At same time, K2 Symposium 2017 “Designing Future Cities” was held with open doors to public. Prof. Barry M. Katz from Stanford University as keynote speaker and Prof. Kun-pyo Lee from KAIST were invited. The innovation ecosystem of the city was discussed from the perspectives of Silicon Valley, East Asia and more locally in Fukuoka, in terms of current situations and future possibilities.


  • Cohosts
    Kyushu University Faculty of Design
    id KAIST
  • Partner Companies
    Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc.
    Toyota Motor Corporation
    Hitachi, Ltd.
  • Supported by
    Fukuoka Prefecture
    Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Fukuoka