Preserving the Past, Embracing the Future: A Study of the Design Solutions for Fostering Tea Culture Space in Modern Cities for the Younger Generation in China

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  • Tea culture in China has a rich history, with roots dating back thousands of years. Despite its cultural significance, there has been a decline in tea culture among the millennial generation in modern cities in China. In an effort to address this issue, this thesis explores the design solutions for fostering tea culture space in modern cities for the millennial generation.
    The design of modern tea culture spaces in China's cities has the potential to play a crucial role in connecting millennials with the past, traditions, and cultural heritage. By incorporating historical elements and creating social and communal experiences, these spaces can serve as a bridge between the traditional and the contemporary, promoting a deeper connection to cultural identity and a sense of belonging within a rapidly changing society. While tea culture serves as the main subject of the thesis, the broader aim is to explore how design solutions can foster a renewed appreciation and understanding of cultural heritage among the younger generation.
    The research question guiding the study is: How can the use of design solutions to promote tea culture among the millennial generation in modern cities in China serve as a means to connect people with the past, traditions, and cultural heritage? The study provides a historical overview of Chinese tea culture field study, and case studies on the subject. This thesis aims to provide a comprehensive approach to creating tea culture spaces in modern cities in China, going beyond design solutions. The final solution includes the development of a tea brand, the creation of visually appealing packaging, the design of physical spaces, and the use of various design disciplines, such as interior design, furniture and sculpture. Additionally, the research includes the utilization of social media and physical prototyping to inform the design process. The focus is on creating a holistic and immersive experience, rather than simply providing a design solution. The conclusion provides a summary of the research findings and recommendations for future research. The study contributes to the understanding of the role of design in promoting cultural heritage and provides a framework for the development of tea culture spaces that appeal to the millennial generation in modern cities in China.

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