Shawn Ashkanasy

Shawn is a trained industrial designer and postgraduate student with extensive professional and academic experience in user-centered design and qualitative research methods in human-technology interaction.

He has a long history of cooking and exploring new food experiences, including moonlighting as a part-time food writer for Broadsheet and The Age. In 2011, he spent a three-month sabbatical in

Social Repair Tool Kit – Designing for Community Wellbeing

Lecturers: Matthew Butler and Dr, Kevin Murray

Australia ranks as one of the worlds wealthiest countries but is placed at only #76 on the happy planet index in between Iran and Romania. Costa Rica is #1 and Vietnam is #2. The reasons for Australia’s relative social unhappiness is complex. This includes fear driven by political leaders

Urban Innovation District

Studio Leaders:  Dr Juliette Anich & Ronnie Lacham

Studio Associates: RMIT University, University of Melbourne, City of Melbourne. Michael Trudgeon, Soumitri Varadarajan, Simon Curlis

Studio Timetable: Tuesday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm & Thursday 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Urban Innovation District is a visioning project shared by RMIT University, City of Melbourne and the University of Melbourne (UoM). This

Ronnie Lacham

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

I’m a designer by training, I think in terms of creative patterns and relationships between form and narrative. I play in the space in-between research and practice, always moving between what we think and create, and what we experience.

My work has evolved over time. Initially

Urban Commons Living Laboratory

With Shawn Ashkanasy and Justin Hutchinson

The Urban Commons Living Laboratory is an ongoing experimental studio exploring products and services to reconnect people to food and each other in high density urban environments.

The studio responds to the many challenges associated with high destiny urban living. Namely, smaller footprint living, social connection and engagement, food systems, and

CyberCraft

With Nigel Brockbank and Malte Wagenfeld

A new type of designer is being born: part craftsperson, part cyber technician; harnessing the possibilities of digital fabrication and using it for unintended purposes. They work alone!

In this elective you will work with the AMP (Advanced Manufacturing Precinct) and Craft Victoria to learn about and explore the possibilities of

Ian Nazareth

Ian Nazareth is an architect practicing between Melbourne and Mumbai. His professional experience spans a range of projects for the public and private sectors, comprising strategic urban projects, residential and institutional architectural work as well as design-research consultancies.

Ian is a Research Associate in Architecture and Urban Design at the School of Architecture and Design at

Herbarium

with Din Heagney and Sophie Gaur

The Herbarium Studio is about internalising and addressing a new ecological consciousness through a focused and intensive examination of the plant world.

You will be introduced to complex systems theory, and the interrelationships between humans and the plant world through the study of a range of philosophical, cultural, artistic, scientific, and design projects.

The studio involves acknowledging and

Food Terroir

Lecturers: Scott Mayson & Marcus Cher

Guest Lectures: Leading Chefs & Food technologists.

Research Partners: Melbourne Food Depot, Koko Black & more

Food is often consumed in order to sustain us through our day, but how often do we consider the food context within a dining experience? Modernist cuisine sits within a research context where restaurants like The Fat Duck &

Edge 2 Edge

with Ronnie Lacham

STUDIO EDGE2EDGE aims to design “furniture” to initiate a dialogue between design manufacturing and community skills. The main focus of this studio is to develop a stronger understanding of the design process from a concept  to the complete product. Students will research tessellated patterns, design a large scale 1:1 prototypes seating furniture. The design ideas will be