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

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

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