Sustainable Bodies and Urban Playgrounds: Movement Based Interaction for an alternative now

Frank Feltham & Jeffrey Hannam

Three key challenges for sustainable living point to a pressing need for rethinking how the designed environment can better support physical health and well-being. With the advent of the compact city, it is anticipated that a large proportion of the Australian population will be living in urban centres in medium-to-high density

The Technology Puzzle

Ceri Hann

Is life a puzzle? Is technology a puzzle? What questions need to remain unanswered?
While tomorrow remains in question, designers still have a future to be designing for…?
Designing puzzles maybe one solution to the problem of understanding problems both individually and collectively. This studio will investigate many of the philosophical puzzles that relate to design

Polar possibilities

Ben Landau

The future of Antarctica is uncertain. Although many nations have signed on to protect it as a continent of peace and science; globalisation, geopolitical arm wrestles, global warming, the race for resources and even ideological battles threaten its present condition.

In this studio, designers will use research to visualise these futures in critical objects, images,

Eco-Accupuncture (VEIL)

Jess Bird

To develop low-carbon resilient communities from within the existing fabric of urban and regional life it is important to have two things: visions of desirable future living scenarios and visible interventions, today, that can re-orient the path of future development. This studio looks at the challenges facing the town of Anglesea, on the Great

Sustainable Vacation 2013

With Jessica Bird

Sustainable Vacation? Every year 2 million people travel along the Great Ocean Road, some staying a few days, some just doing a whirlwind trip to see the sights. The Otway Ranges and Great Ocean Road serves international and domestic tourists to drive (consume resources) and eat (consume food) and view natural phenomena such

SynAesthesia Design Lab

With Malte Wagenfeld

In Greek synaesthesia translates into ‘union of the senses; syn- (union) and aesthesis (sensation).  In contemporary usage synaesthesia refers to a rare neurological condition in which two or more streams of sensory data interlink or cross resulting in synaestheses; having the sensation of hearing colour, seeing sound, smelling pictures and so on.It can

Casey Food Hub

A globally innovative and live project with the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab to re-vitalise peri urban farming in Melbourne and convince people that eating veggies is cooler than eating McMansions

Semester 1, 2013

With Kirsten Larsen and Jessica Bird

Keywords: Sustainability, service design, food systems, local food, community, eco-acupuncture

This studio is about the future of food and farming.

Design for the Other 90%

Semester 1, 2013

With Judith Glover

Key words: Sustainable Design, Sustainable Development, Product Design innovation, User-Centred Design, prototyping

Activist designer Paul Pollack (2007) states in Design for the Other 90% that:
“Ninety-five percent of the world’s designers focus all of their efforts on developing products and services exclusively for the richest ten percent of the world’s customers.”
This studio looks

Behaviour Changing Products

Semester 1, 2013

With Leyla Acaroglu

Everything that we design influences our behaviours and changes the way we do things and our perceptions of the world. This studio is all about finding and solving real world problems by designing behaviour changing products and then communication them to the world.

Flies etched into urinals to reduce spillage, kettles that

Towards Ecoville

Stephen Clune and Simon Lockrey

Ecoville nowcasts “A place where people live and work under the ‘eco’ banner of holistic sustainability”. Focusing on three related themes of food, the household and health. The household will be studied in relation to how we live, our health and wellbeing. The studio develops products that facilitate a reduction in