2015 Semester 2



Tutor: Ben Landau

Design fiction and critical design techniques will be used in this specialisation to question the limits of capitalism’s incursion on our most private and unguarded time – sleep.
Imaginary places and people will tell stories, and warn us of future paths our society could follow.
Each students own sleep will help propose new ways which sleep could be valued, kept sacred or abused.
Together, these fictional sites will paint the picture of a network of international sleep renegades.


Tutor: Caroline Vains

RMIT is currently investigating spaces that are under utilised and that could be re-purposed as ‘Student Common’ spaces. 
Feedback from recent surveys suggests that students would like to spend more time on campus outside of class hours, but feel that there are not enough or the right kind of spaces in which to ‘hang out’.  
The site is an old industrial building (1950’s with a heritage overlay) that RMIT is keen to re-purpose into a student space.
Students enrolled in this course will participate in the ‘Deconstructing Swanston’ talk series with students from other disciplines.

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Tutor: Georgina Brothers

1:1 takes up this notion of the hand’s intelligence by exploring the role of crafting in spatial practice within the context of our highly industrialized and increasingly digitalized culture. 
Students will embark on an intensive material investigation in their production of hand-made 1:1 small interiors. 
Through making, reflecting and articulating, students will explore concepts of smallness, lightness, gravity, ‘the thinking hand’, and interior/exterior relationships as they relate to spatial design.
 Working with different sheet materials, students will address opportunities and challenges afforded by material translations: designing through making. 
Students will then engage curatorial processes to reframe their creations along themes of spatial narrative. Ideas and outcomes will be consolidated by means of a collaborative final exhibition project.


Tutor: Jhana Pfeiffer-Hunt

Interpretive design is a niche discipline focused on the practice of selecting and designing forms and combinations of strategies to communicate the significance of people, places, objects and events. The practice is applied primarily to heritage sites but also includes a broad range of other types of ‘sites’ such as design for museum exhibitions, visitor/interpretation centres, architectural development sites or parks and gardens.

This specialisation focuses on understanding the role of interpretive design and its application in the field. Students will be guided through the design process using local sites as case studies and as sites for new interpretive design proposals.

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Tutor: Linda Raimondo

This course discusses the abandonment of buildings and explores the opportunities this gives to re-establishing new design strategies / propositions that form a positive contribution to the community. 
The reuse of a building for a purpose other than which it was built or designed for, is a result of changing social conditions. 
It is also an opportunity for design / designers to offer a solution. 
Not to be confused with basic renovation or preservation, students will be encouraged to identify, investigate and propose a design strategy that exceeds the expectations of renovation or preservation and provides something new and beneficial to the context. 
An inner city site will be the centre of this course, which will provide a canvas for investigation and design ideas. 
Any typology and concept can be explored, provided students can communicate the positive impact of their proposition. 
This is a course for those interested in contextual analysis, conceptual theory and design strategizing.


Tutor: Loren Dalgarno Lockwood

This course will use current and past examples of environmental disasters as case studies, and asks students to profile a village in need of relocation/rehousing. Students will then plan a shelter response from week 1 after the emergency: begining with assessment, through to designing a temporary and transitional shelter to meet the needs of the affected population. 
Students will be asked to refine and develop their understanding of cultural design, residential design, sustainable design, communities, environmental planning, and humanitarian principles. They will work to a budget, plan timelines and propose implementation strategies.



Tutor: Masato Takasaka

In this course you will build on your design skills through the self-curation and arrangement of creating with discarded objects and found materials. Initially this will involve producing a ‘desktop assemblage’ from a collection of found objects and materials.
This will be followed by the design of a larger interior assemblage ‘portable museum’ that will house and display the curated assemblage of objects and found materials. For this part of the project you will have the opportunity to respond to the archived material from the West Space Reading Room. 
You will gain confidence in working with found materials and readymade objects to create spatial assemblages that functions as both artwork and presentation for display. 
The project will culminate in a pop up two-day exhibition in the West Space Reading Room.


Tutor: Michael Trudgeon + David Poulton

This specialisation will address the development of a brief followed by model making to explore new possibilities for cinema in the 21st century. 
This will introduce you to retail and commercial interior design practice. We will engage with the idea of designing for events, the role of digital media in interior design and lighting design and technology. 
You will research existing cinema design practice, digital information, atmospheric and ambiance technologies and present this research to the studio. 
You will develop individual cinema briefs based on further research. The briefs will be explored and tested through model making, scenario mapping and prototyping.

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Tutor: Nick Visser

In understanding design as an agent for social change, students will attempt to break down the social barriers that exist between homelessness and the wider community. The final outcome is intended to provide ‘shelter’ which encourages soup van volunteers, their clients – the homeless community – and the broader community at large to sit down together, share a meal and invite conversation.


Tutor: Raphael Kilpatrick

This specialisation asks students to consider the dilemma of social enterprise and work as a team to generate the next The Big Idea for meaningful social change. To do this we will undertake research to discovery what issues are faced by homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged communities. A human centred design approach will be taken to better empathise with and ensure that the community is at the core of the design process and outcome. This requires closely working with experts in the field as well as the community.

The establishment of the design process itself will become a considerable part of the process ensuring the outcomes are ethical, accountable and offer meaningful opportunities when implemented in the real world.

The result of this specialisation will be a submission as a group of a fully developed concept and feasible business plan to The Big Ideas competition.

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Tutor: Sanne Mestrom

This specialisation is project-based and will focus on the physical, cultural, ephemeral and conceptual nature of the public realm and the spaces in between. Students will document, draw, model, analyse and critique a range of exemplary approaches to public art, site intervention and installation practice.

Students will also develop skills necessary to undertake a collaborative entry towards a public art commission as part of the elective to trial and develop the extension of their speculative design practices within the adjacent but distinct domain of public art practice.