Studio Tutor: Dr Liam Fennessy and Dr Soumitri Varadarajan

Tuesday 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am – 2:30pm
Where: RMIT City Campus, RMIT Brunswick Campus and Siteworks in Brunswick

Anthropogenic Climate Change (ACC) demands a radical change in how we (人= people) imagine a good life and a sharp shift away from individualistic precepts towards collectively shared and ecologically viable notions of living in ways that actively do good in the world. Flygskam, becoming vegan, going off-grid and zero-petro-chem will not be enough as we continue to head into a period of global heating. We need to do more, and how we do more requires design. As designers we need to imagine, prototype and to deliver new ways of being human with non-human things. New ways that go beyond merely having a lower impact, to actively reversing the harmful effects that human urban and rural life has upon the health and wellbeing of the planet. Anything less is meaningless. This studio functions in two speculative parts. The first is as a lab (method) where your appraise your consumptive practices (including internet, food, material and technological resources) and radically transform them to make a genuine impact – to live in a radically different way as an experiment to understand the relations you have. The second is to design key apparatus (things) that make living and working in the future potentially acts of active transformation. This sustainability-oriented studio draws on and amplifies ideas from re-constrained design (Auger) and Fry’s concept of “de-futuring”. This studio aims to give young voices the platform to imagine radical alternatives to amelioration (doing nothing) and insufficient notions of simply doing a little less.