In 1992, Neil Stephenson described a surrealistic three-dimensional digital space parallel to the real world in his novel Avalanche, and proposed the concepts of "Metaverse" and "Avatar", which are recognized as the official proposer of metaverse. In 2020, the COVID-19 has swept the world, the online operations in various fields have increased significantly, and there is a tendency to become the norm. The year 2021 is the first year of the Metaverse, and it is also the year of development when human beings start to migrate from the real dimension to the virtual world. From Roblox, a sandbox game platform, being the "first meta-universe stock", to Facebook officially changing its name to Meta shortly afterwards, leading to a surge in "meta-universe concept stocks", the meta-universe boom has sparked a lot of "curiosity and ambition".However, as Meta's stock price plummeted in February this year, the overzealous enthusiasm for the metaverse began to fade, and people began to wonder what the true value of the metaverse was. It was during this "sanity and exploration" phase that we at ISDS stepped in and planned ISDS-Meta, a timely move, so to speak.
Based on the opportunity of the intersection of two national strategies of integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta and rural revitalization, in order to effectively improve the level of rural design and construction, enhance people's sense of access and happiness, help the comprehensive revitalization of the countryside, the People's Government of Wujiang , Suzhou, together with Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Design, jointly launched the first "Jiangcun Village China, waterfront town Habitation" Rural Design Competition in the Yangtze River Delta Ecological Green Integrated Development Demonstration Area (Wujiang).
The debut of the new administration came after China's announcement of "complete victory" in eradicating absolute poverty, marking the transition of the country's policy priority from poverty alleviation to comprehensively promoting rural vitalization. In order to discuss the future development of Rural Vitalization and Oriental Design , the 7th Oriental Design Forum will be held by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the International Society for Design Science on 28th May 2021.