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d___Lab.Meta

Provides critical analysis, evaluation and further development of the design practice paradigm of producing knowledge and value through the medium of design itself. d___Lab.Meta provides the framework for the Practice Research Symposia (PRS) ecology of design practice PhD programs.

d___Lab.Culture&Poetics

Integrates new technologies, systems and services into designs for buildings, precincts and spatial organizations that are meaningful to the communities that they serve.

d___Lab.Cities

Reveals the systems and services that sustains cities, applying this knowledge through designing to future urban and regional scenarios.

d___Lab undertakes practice-based research projects engaging constructed and material environments.  d___Lab is located within the School of Architecture & Design at RMIT University.

d___Lab works with industry partners across many sectors providing design research inputs adding value and insight to their problems and processes.  The core of the d___Lab’s paradigm of design practice research brings meta-research to bear in specific and applied singular design projects and case studies. Creative researchers grounded in built environment and design disciplines build collaborative teams on a project by project basis with specialist researchers from other discipline areas.

Research groups within d__Lab have three main foci, on technological, urban and the cultural and poetic dimensions of our lived environment. Our projects unlock the value produced by an evidently meaningful and deep human engagement with products, environments buildings and systems.

d___Lab adopts and develops new technologies, testing through design their potential for addressing the challenges of the future.  Expertise in robotics, additive manufacturing processes, composites and embedded intelligent systems opens new possibilities for building and manufacturing industries.  

d___Lab Cities integrates new technologies, systems and services into designs for buildings, precincts and spatial organizations that are meaningful to the communities that they serve.  Our research reveals the systems and services that sustains cities, applying this knowledge through designing to future urban and regional scenarios.

Our cities research brings particular design expertise and methodologies for effecting change in the urban realm. With an explicit focus on spatial and material conditions, and their impact on the use, occupation and qualities of the city, the work engages a range of disciplines and data sets. Testing and critiquing policy, envisaging alternative value propositions, reordering spatio-economic limits or revealing latent systems and effects are possible outcomes of this work. A deep understanding of the spaces and mechanics of the city, and creative consideration of future possibilities for urbanisation is the larger aim.

 

 

d___Lab.Technologies

d___Lab adopts and develops new technologies, testing through design their potential for addressing the challenges of the future.

d___Lab.Design&Society

Explores the challenges of both designing for users and designing with users to meet changing social and environmental needs.

d___Lab.External Advisory Board

Mariann Fee
Felix Wong
Nigel Barry
Phillip Butler
Flynn Macfarlane