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Center for Health Sciences and Counseling Ohashi Branch
The Counseling and Health Center seeks to promote the mental and physical health of students, staff, and academic faculty at Kyushu University. Public health nurses are always available at its Ohashi Campus branch in addition to physician-led medical examinations. Here students can book a student counseling session or mental health consultation with a specialist. The Ohashi Branch is located on the second floor of the Design Commons.
The Design Commons has a cafeteria and shop located on the first floor. The cafeteria is usually open from 8:20 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and the shop is open from 8:20 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The active learning space and the Center for Health Sciences and Counseling Ohashi Branch are located on the second floor. Members of Kyushu University are able to use the second-floor active learning space free of charge from 8:20 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. unless otherwise unavailable for events.
In addition, there are doctors and public health nurses on staff in the infirmary/student counseling section, so Kyushu University students should feel free to come for health consultations and other student counseling. Please contact the Student Affairs Section of the Student Support Division for available dates and times.
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Center for Education and Research Infrastructure （Design Kiban Center）
At the Design Workshop, students and faculty members acquire the basic skills and techniques for operating the various tools and processing equipment and engage in practical training to develop sensitivity to the different materials used in design. The Design Workshop is also used for other creative endeavors, such as graduation work, senior projects and various faculty and student productions.
The Digital Workshop aims to support the creation of advanced digital content and archive development and contains equipment and facilities such as a Multi-purpose Photography Studio, a 3D body digitizer, and motion capture equipment.
Information Infrastructure Office （Information Infrastructure Initiative Ohashi Office）
The Information Infrastructure Office supports the information environment necessary for education and research in the Faculty and Graduate School of Design. The office provides computers for use in lectures or personal study for faculty members in the Ohashi area.
The Bio-Food Lab is a joint-use facility with equipment for molecular biology experiments, microscopes for observing microbe structures, and a working kitchen. It is regularly used for research and education, including seminars and workshops related to the boundaries between art and the advanced life sciences, food design, and genetic modification and bioethics.
A multi-purpose space for education, experiments, and performances, the building’s central hall is designed to integrate various media components, such as sound, light, and images, within a single environment.
Research Center for Human Environmental Adaptation
The Research Center for Human Environmental Adaptation contains nine environmental chambers for controlling air pressure, temperature, air humidity, illumination, light color, and water pressure over a wide range of settings. The main purpose of the center is to evaluate human environmental adaptability and clarify the conditions required for healthy and comfortable living environments.
Environmental System Laboratory
The Environmental System Laboratory is a laboratory for creating and installing mock-ups to experience small spaces around humans in a life-size way while conducting evaluation experiments.
Environmental Design Center, Structural Testing Laboratory
The Structural Testing Laboratory, located on the first floor of the Environmental Research Center, is a facility for studying and developing mechanisms to enhance building safety. Here we train students in experiments to test the strength of building materials using a 2000 kN universal testing machine. We also conduct experimental research on new architectural structures and construction methods using multipurpose equipment for structural load testing.
Dark Room for Image Projection
The Dark Room for Image Projection is a laboratory that uses computer graphics rendering to conduct psychological evaluation experiments. It is equipped with a 150-inch transparent screen for a wide field of view as well as a 120-inch high-brightness reflective screen.
Presentation Room, Building No.2
The Presentation Room on the second floor of Building 2 is an essential space for design education at the Department of Environmental Design. This space is where design exercise classes for second- and third-year students are held and is a place for group discussion, drafting and other design work, academic guidance (planning/sketching), presentation, and criticism.
Experimental House for Living Space Design
At the Experimental House for Living Space Design, students and faculty members can simulate residential living environments such as rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, toilets, and stairways, to observe and analyze human behaviors and activities in real-life settings.
Visual Communication Design Center
The Visual Communication Design Center is an experimental laboratory for everything related to video and photography. A photo studio and a video studio with lighting equipment are located on the second floor. Through assignments and their own creative pursuits, students acquire a wide range of knowledge and techniques in the field of video media and photography and learn the aesthetics and creativity required of media design professionals. This photo studio also performs a variety of other functions, which include the screening of independent student video works, a space for projection mapping installations, and an experimental space for interactive works. On the first floor, there is a film development laboratory for students to learn modern-day mainstream digital technology and study the mechanisms of film photography. The lab is intended to enhance students’ sense of visual image design by allowing them to shoot and process the video on their own.
Moving Image Lab
The Moving Image Laboratory, located in Room 106 of the Multi-Purpose Building, is a practical research facility for research on 8K2K ultra-high-definition video contents and projection mapping projects for regional development.
The Printing Laboratory allows researchers to experiment with the principles of industrial printing techniques—intaglio, relief, planographic, and permeographic—and apply them to art and design. Though plateless printing has become much easier with advances in digital technology, projects at this laboratory consider this long-standing mode of expression through the process of drawing, plate-making, and printing, looking into the materiality of plates and inks. The lab offers silkscreen (permeographic) equipment, copperplate (intaglio) equipment, woodblock presses (relief plate), and litho presses (flat plate).
Variable Reverberation Room
A rarity among acoustic laboratories, this facility has the ability to modify reverberation times. The walls can be switched between reflective surfaces, which lengthen the reverberation time, or absorption surfaces, which shorten it.
Acoustic Research Center
The Acoustic Research Center has all of the lab equipment needed for acoustics education and research, including an anechoic room, reverberation room, and recording studio. The anechoic and reverberation rooms are used for acoustic measurement while the recording studios are used for recording music as well as small-scale music events.