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

Furnitecture: Macro furniture / Micro architecture

Ronnie Lacham

Studio FURNITECTURE macro/micro aims to design furniture/architecture for living within a given volume. A studio based on making, both in process and 1:1 scale outcomes.
Using the apartment typology as a ground for speculation, the studio will investigate and develop fresh narratives for habitation. Students will be given a set volume in which they will

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

Future Sex Studio

With Dr Judith Glover, Victoria Cullen and Margaux Hayes

This studio will investigate the potential for design research methods and practice to be applied to the genre of sexual health and wellbeing. While sex toys have been around for an extremely long time the field of design has ignored the potential of this important area of human

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

Sustainable Vacation 2012

with Simon Curlis

This studio considers service design tools and social innovation as a means of developing tourism and sustainable vacation potential in post-carbon localised economies situated in regional Victoria. You will encounter notions of local and regional self-sufficiency in meeting food, water, and energy production and economic needs. You will also proposes activities & services

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

Design as Narrative

With Dr Judith Glover and Simone LeAmon

Stories are ubiquitous – they surface and appear everywhere; we hear them, read them and watch them unfold in art as we do in life. Through narrative stories transmit messages and inspire meaning; they are deployed as fiction, parables and myth. They also locate us in time and place;

Feedforward: prototyping for social connection

Lecturers: Malte Wagenfeld, Chuan Khoo and Charles Anderson
Tuesdays 9.30 until 12.30 and 1.30 until 4.30
Feedforward is an interdisciplinary design studio bringing together students studying industrial design and landscape architecture. You will work alongside a team of academics/practitioners who have extensive expertise in the manipulation of sensorial phenomena in the production of public works of art

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