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

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

Around Sound [2015]

With Sophie Gaur

Human beings react to sound in various ways. Sounds can excite, soothe, heal or energise, as well as offer a range of emotional, intellectual and physical responses, based on how they are delivered. This studio explores this area of this sensory delivery through the design and construction of objects that either respond to existing musical traditions

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

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


Scott Mayson and Marcus Cher

Designing a food landscape for the haute cuisine dining experience. Working with world renown chef Ryan Flaherty “Mr Jennings” to explore a sensorial approach to fine dining. You will design cutlery, flatware, tools & vessels et al. Across a broad range of materials and processes: additive manufacturing, casting, forming & finishing.

Health Care Co-Design

Working together to design better patient experiences

Led by Dr Juan Sanin, partnered with staff from Austin Health and Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre.


‘Healthcare Co-Design’ is an inclusive approach to the design of healthcare experiences based on the collaboration of healthcare practitioners, patients and designers. This approach aims to create new and improve existent products and

Eco Moto

With Simon Curlis
This studio is about world changing, it is about creating viable visions of technical innovation for personal transportation as a provocation for radical revision of mobility systems.
There are a number of themes to be encountered, considered and answers to be articulated by you as a designer in the realm of sustainability (both equity

Heavy Metal / Light Metal

With Dr. Judith Glover and Emma Luke
In this studio you will explore a range of metal fabrication and quasi-craft techniques for small object design. Metal fabrication comprises an important range of techniques for Industrial Designers that retain the same principles at different scales of production. Undertaken in a workshop environment this studio will focus on mild


with Jessica Bird & Soumitri Varadarajan

Currently, 4.5 million people live in Melbourne. By 2050, it’s likely that 7 million people will call Melbourne home. We’ll need more homes, schools and jobs, better transport, energy and health care networks. To support our growing infrastructure needs, we’ll need innovative and adaptive services. What will this look like