Bio Design Futures

Lecturers : Boo Chapple and Malte Wagenfeld

I think the biggest innovations of the twenty-first century will be the intersection of biology and technology. A new era is beginning…’ – Steve Jobs

The next phase of human technology looks likely to be driven by the potential of manipulating biological matter, from growing human body parts to biological

Wearable Technologies for Creative Active Living

Studio Lecturer:                 Frank Feltham (RMIT)

Guest Lecturer:                  Joshua Batty (RMIT)

Research Partners:           Lian Loke (Design Lab, The University of Sydney) and Jodie McNeilly (Monash University)

Three key challenges for healthy sustainable living point to a pressing need for rethinking

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

Ecoville Antarctic

NOTE: SPRING SCHOOL | November – December 2015

with Simon Lockery & Karli Vergese

Ecoville is a concept that now casts “A place where people live and work under the ‘eco’ banner of holistic sustainability”. Centre for Design and Society has partnered with the Australian Antarctic Division  to investigate the environmental impacts of Australia’s Antarctic infrastructure (Casey

Ecoville Antarctic

Simon Lockery & Karli Vergese

Ecoville is a concept that now casts “A place where people live and work under the ‘eco’ banner of holistic sustainability”. Centre for Design and Society has partnered with the Australian Antarctic Division  to investigate the environmental impacts of Australia’s Antarctic infrastructure (Casey station operations in detail). Focusing on three related

Sangam Studio_ Artisan & Designer: Design dialogues of Contemporary Craft Practice

Matthew Butler & Phillipa Abbot & Judith Glover

This studio aims to engage students around different modes of research, collaborative design and cross pollination of age-old technique and cultural practice with contemporary design and innovation. It looks to situate this within dialogues of sustainable development – cultural, social, environmental and economic – within Semerang, Indonesia and

CycleFuturesLAB: designing for after the auto-diseconomy

Liam Fennessy & Scott Mayson

Given Australians buy more new bicycles than they do cars what if Melbourne redirected its car parts manufacturing capabilities towards innovation in the cycling product/service ecosystem? Auto parts manufacture in Melbourne has been the mainstay of the local manufacturing sector for the best part of a century and is now at

Post-Fordism: Designing futures in the wake of industrial design.

Jess Bird (VEIL) and guests

The Ford Assembly Plant has been part of the Broadmeadows landscape for 55 years, manufacturing cars and providing local jobs. In October 2016, the plant will close and Ford will cease manufacturing in Australia. So when the last car is rolled off the assembly line, what happens to all this potential?

Urban Food Interventions: food as a way to build resilience in cities

Tutors: Kate Archdeacon & Juliette Anich

This studio uses a design research process to explore small-scale design interventions in the Melbourne landscape working towards building urban resilience, focusing on the culture of growing food. The rise of design engagement in urban agriculture has seen a wide range of visualisations and experimental test projects emerge in

Culpra Station

Campbell Drake

Known as Culpra Station, this multidisciplinary studio is centered around a 8500 hectare site in rural New South Wales and will explore social enterprise and design systems that provide economic, environmental, social and cultural benefits to local communities. The studio has been formulated following an invitation by the Culpra Milli Aboriginal Corporation to assist