Specialisation


Third + Fourth Year

 

VERTICAL COMMUNITY 

Tutor: Kate Archibald

Vertical community is a live project which utilizes a proposed hotel lobby and café within the new Northbank Goods Shed proposal. The project asks students to create a concept for a multi-use privatized ‘community’ space. The brief for the space is to create a space that will accommodate the following: a lobby space suitable for a 5 star high end hotel and a café wine bar that attracts both hotel guests and residents who live in the accommodation above, as well as people passing by.

Students will be asked to engage with design principles that help them to identify how to create a dynamic, multi-use space that embodies requirements driven by a high end hotel lobby and reception, and a café. Students need to assess how to make the space engage the residents of the building whilst also maintaining their security and privacy; not allowing hotel and café guests to easily and clearly get through to residents area. The project offers students a chance to engage in a live project, where they will have a client that will be driving key ideas and desires for the space.

 

HOTEL HYBRIDISATION

Tutor: Wuff Keeble

This course will engage students in the Novotel Hub International Design Competition sponsored by the Accor Group. Novotel aims to re-energise its brand through the creation and design of N-Room, a multi-functions room concept.

Seeking innovative design solutions to meet the changing needs of clients and hoteliers, the competition aims to create a ‘new flexible room’ with an emphasis on technological integration. A primary objective is to provide a solution that allows additional commercial opportunities through transformation – adaptability, flexibility and functionality are key factors, whilst at the same time aesthetic considerations remain paramount. Students will also gain an understanding of the broader connections and interactions the hotel engages in, via the local neighbourhood through to the extended services and facilities the hotel has on offer.

In this specialisation students will brainstorm what hybrid solutions the rooms could adopt, how they could be transformed, understand the operational aspects required to achieve such flexibility and investigate brand appeal for the proposed customer typologies. Students will learn to break down existing, traditional models of hotel design and experiment with new design strategies and to speculate what the future hotel room model will look like.

 

SPATIAL BRANDING

Tutor: Pandarosa

The unit will explore the development of branding visual language from its initial graphical representations into dynamic, versatile and befitting solutions suited to a variety of spatial interior applications.

This process will involve the thorough examination of ranging design elements and principles. Through a method of deconstruction, repetition, disassembling and re-assembling the unit will aim to expand the conceptual basis of branding language in order to transcend implementation into the spatial field, thus creating a more holistic and in-depth branding experience.

Through an initial series of workshops focused on outlining, producing and refining notions relative to branding language, both visually and conceptually; a multi faceted dialogue will begin to take shape between the participant outcomes, their brand positioning within their respective sectors (retail, hospitality, cultural), the implementation of flexible applications across dimensional fields and the spatial potential of graphical visual language.

As the unit progresses students will increasingly be asked to apply their learning’s from the deconstruction of branding language, into spatial implementations within specified interior settings, such as retail, hospitality, cultural or other. An emphasis on the communication, transformation translation of the built environment through the influence of graphical visual language will be a key element within the unit, as well as the production of a more genuine branding experience within interior spatial practice.

 

ACTIVATED FRONTAGE

Tutor: Tony Fryatt

There is a dizzying amount of new large scale development in the City of Melbourne. Predominately multi-residential these new buildings are so large that on a clear day they can be seen from the hills of Mount Martha, nearly 80kms from the city. As the towers multiply they are inevitably transforming the street level urban interior; from this vantage point gazing upwards at the glinting skyline who within all of this is considering the affect of these buildings upon our street experience?

This specialization will question how we interface with large buildings at a street level. By examining the role of the façade in relation to the social activity on the ground plane the aim of this class is to (radically?) reconsider the design of the façade and ground floors of these architectural giants to be far more attentive to urban activity. Key design methods will include hitting the streets to participate and analyse activity through video, drawing and collage. Design propositions will then be developed through a mix of performative prototypes, and design models (Digital or Physical) and drawings.

 

 

SHAPING BEHAVIOUR 

Tutor: Chris Thorpe

Shaping Behaviour is a specialisation focusing on the way our built environment can be designed to influence, change, and extend people’s behaviour, and therefore their experience of the world around them. At it’s heart, designing for behaviour is designing for people, and therefore impacts everything from retail and hospitality design, through to events, branded environments, and workplace design. Students will learn how to apply user-focused design principles to their work, and then express these principles through presentation, visualisation, and written word—three crucial skills for a practising designer.

Using a combination of co-design, human centred design, and universal design practices, students will develop a design response to one of a selection of environments, looking at how to change and influence the behaviour of people within these spaces. Considered as an overall project with three stages, students will start with developing a high level understanding of how people behave within environments, and the design tools at their disposal to change this behaviour. Then, working to a particular environment, they will develop a set of concept designs to meet the needs and requirements as they relate to that space. Lastly, we develop a detailed design response to the environment, including materials and finishes, joinery, lighting, and other environmental design responses.

As part of developing for a legible environment, we will be examining three real world spaces, each with their own unique challenges. These spaces will form the site for the major project, with students selecting an environment to pursue and develop responses for. Each space covers a different type of environment (retail, transport, and healthcare) and students will need to understand the different opportunities and challenges present within each space, and design around these accordingly.

 

REVOLVED: SPECIALIST LIGHTING DESIGN FOR COWORKING ENVIRONMENTS

Tutor: Alison Loader

Light is the medium through which we perceive, visually, the world around us. This phenomena enables us to experience the physical world we inhabit, and therefore, holds an extraordinary power over us. Dissecting the physical properties of light will empower us as designers to consciously manipulate and affect user perception of space and thus, the user experience.This course will revolve around light. It will demonstrate how to apply this powerful tool deliberately and skilfully within our design work. Students will learn the fundamentals of architectural lighting design and apply their knowledge to a real world creative, shared work space. The outcomes of course work will see students produce interior designs that evoke a series of unique experiences within the Revolver Coworking spaces on Chapel St. Students will pitch their designs to the Landlord of Revolver Coworking, as well as a panel of industry professionals.

The art of specialist lighting design can be applied across all disciplines of interior design, yet the practical course work will focus on the realm of workplace design. This specialisation will develop the participant’s awareness of the perception of space through light. Students will learn to manipulate this phenomena through a technical ability gained within the framework of the practical tasks assigned. Exploration into light artists, installations and conceptual literature will be independently undertaken to serve as a foundation to develop a personal aesthetic within a cohesive body of work.

 

DISRUPTIVE DESIGN

Tutor: Nick Rebstat

Disruptive design: strategies of designing activism in a 21st century dominated by irony, ‘post-truth’, gentrification and whatever else. Can design disrupt, destroy and dismantle? Is it solely a megaphone of ‘an’ establishment? What constitutes disruption under “post-truth”? What is the difference between reaction and subversion? This specialisation is for those interested in developing an understanding of activism through design using propositional design as a method for politically and socially engaged practice.

This subject will equip students with a foundation knowledge in designs disruptive potential through a canvassing of propositions about the contemporary designers’ situation; strategies – entrepreneurial and otherwise – employed in modes and typologies of practice. Exploring nuances of context, ideas and modes of practice at all scales, the course seeks to expand students understanding of the political and social potential of design occupations outside “the firm” paradigm and their ability to become a driver for positive (both real and propositional) change.

Exploring the often abrasive relationship between ideology and the realities of practice, students will be encouraged to imagine alternatives and develop propositions; evaluating current strategies and projects employed by designers and activists ranging from urban acupuncture in Caracas, the effects of gentrification globally, and methods designers are engaging with geopolitical and local community issues through branding, service design and subversion.The specialisation will culminate in a proposition for a change based on a series of responses and activities worked through over the semester.

 

CHOREOGRAPHICS: ANIMATING SPACE OVER TIME WITH VIDEO PROJECTION MAPPING

Tutor: Sean Healy

This specialisation will explore how video projection mapping can be used to animate interiors spaces and transform built structures over time. In the process, we will make custom-made animations, videos and motion graphics, and investigate how they can be applied to generate atmosphere and modify spatial dynamics over time.

The aim of these investigations will be for students to design a projection mapped video installation for the annual winter Dark MOFO festival run by the Museum of New and Modern Art (MONA) in Hobart, Tasmania.

The specific space for your installations will be the same as that used in previous years. It is a space temporarily occupied by the festival and through which festival-goers continually wander. Each student’s installation will be situated in and animate a particular part of this space.

 

SPACE SQUATTING 

Tutor: Linda Raimondo

Space squatting is a subject that explores concepts of community, shared networks and collective culture in the city of Melbourne. This course is an examination of the various ways in which ethical, sustainable and cultural objectives can be realized through a temporal site intervention. The specialisation intends to produce an event that renews an existing micro site in Melbourne through activation and experimentation.

Students will create a ‘temporal’ event that engages and involves the community. Partnering with a local business, artist or group, they will be encouraged to collaborate and celebrate the existing area of their micro site. This makeshift intervention is a critical step to ensure we are designing spaces which reflect and connect the surrounding neighbourhood.

Research into the community and culture will be integral to establishing this transitory event. The surrounding site analysis will be realized through recording, documenting and observing local inhabitants/ surroundings and visually displaying these using graphic techniques.

Students will develop methods to designing through intervention and installation as well as temporary scenarios which can be relocated to different sites for multiple use. They will investigate a small space/ site as a response to the problems of density in the city centre.

 
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URBAN ANIMATORS: LIVING LABRATORY

Tutor: Grace Leone

In this course you engage with the RMIT City Campus as a ‘Living Laboratory’ during its transformation as part of the New Academic Street (NAS) capital works project. You will engage in a practice-based work integrated learning project, working individually and in groups to respond to an industry standard brief for a temporary artistic public intervention.

You will receive and apply industry feedback in order to submit a concept to the NAS Project Team with a potential opportunity to be selected to have your final concept physically realised on the RMIT City Campus during the NAS construction phase. This elective will offer you an opportunity to work collaboratively with students from various disciplines including the RMIT Master of Art in Public Space program in responding to the brief.