Lecturer: Ronnie Lacham 

Tuesday 9.30 – 12.30
Thursday 9.30 – 12.30

To live as a person with low vision or blindness it requires focus and awareness of surrounding sounds, touch, smells, movement around you in addition to residual vision especially while facing risk in the world outside. This research project will explore the psychological and physical experiences of people and in particular children who cannot rely entirely on their vision in our drastically changing world. How can we, designers, create an environment that teaches and transforms and enable children to develop into independent young adults and leaders in the future. 

This studio is an experiment. We are going to challenge assumptions about how public spaces, workplaces and habitation are supposed to function and look like, and we will collaborate with Vision Australia to run a series of design toolboxes to transform both staff and families’ experiences at the

Vision Australia Kooyong Office. In these spaces we will use ‘friendly interventions’ to live-prototype dynamic places where they will be able to work, socialise and belong Background

The objective of this Design Studio is to use the Vision Australia Kooyong building as a living-lab and prototype a series of spaces inspired by the results obtained from a workshop- a space that families and staff feel that they can come to belong – they’re part of a community, discovering innovations, developing skills for the present and future that can be translated to their daily life. We will explore indoor and outdoor spaces, creating opportunities for developing their physical skills, concepts, orientation and mobility as well as the social skills that come from interacting with other children.

We will do this using a design approach. Initially, we will embed ourselves in Vision Australia focusing on achieving a positive impact with particular focus on education, independence, and social inclusion and understand their everyday routines. Then we will develop a plan and design final outcomes that will be a haptic experience: a collection of objects and spaces that will support family – centred goals and ultimately allowing them to live the life they choose.