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Acoustic design innovations for managing motorway traffic noise by cancellation and transformation
Soundscape design of motorway environments presents new opportunities for existing and future infrastructure projects, which must contend with motorway noise issues. We have found that noise transformation and cancellation approaches integrated with targeted ethnographic assessments of community perceptions can add to existing noise management approaches, which aim to improve the quality of life for people living alongside motorway environments.
The PleatPod was commissioned by RMIT University for a meeting space to go into open plan spaces within the university. The PleatPod is the result of investigation into fashion and textile techniques to produce an enclosure that sits between architecture and a garment. By studying the Pleat (defined as a type of fold formed by doubling fabric back upon itself and securing it in place, commonly used in clothing and upholstery to gather a wide piece of fabric around a circumference), we were able to merge skin, structure and form removing hierarchies between them. New fabrication and modeling technologies allowed for the translation of a garment scaled concept to become a realised space.
Food waste opportunities within the food wholesale, logistics and retail sectors
The Industrial Design Cell and dLab: Design&Society working in collaboration with the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney undertook this research project to provide the NSW Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA) with a better understanding of the opportunities and barriers to reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill from the wholesale, logistics and retail sector.
The Landscape Conversation
An occasional podcast series that explores the diverse ways in which landscape is worked in, thought of and defined. Landscape architects, scientists, artists, filmmakers and others who shape how we understand landscape discuss their work, their influences and their ideas about landscape in a series of informal interviews.
Smart Heart – A cardiac monitor necklace
The Smart Heart is a wearable cardiac monitor necklace with the capacity to collect, store and remotely transmit cardiac data collected over an extended period for analysis by medical professionals.
Malaysia Biennial 100YC: Medini 2017
The Malaysia Biennial 100YC project represents the consolidation of more than a decade of design-led research and knowledge development of deep future propositions relating to the evolution of cities
Officina Imperia – Resilient Imperia Architectural and landscape projects for urban and environmental regeneration
Resilient Imperia aims to produce investigations and strategic visions conceiving resilient urban and landscape scenarios for the regeneration of the town of Imperia and surrounding territory in the Liguria region, Italy, at many integrated levels: from urban to landscape, infrastructural, social, cultural and economic.
Playtime: Play equipment designed in consultation with mothers and children from an asylum-seeker playgroup in Melbourne.
The Project aimed to design and construct innovative play equipment and toys for children in local asylum-seeker and refugee playgroups to use.
The Guesthouse Project: Refugees, Migration and Inclusive Communities through Design
Building of a temporary pop-up structure that acted as a stage for cross-cultural engagement and a catalyst for social inclusion – a guesthouse.
Design and Architecture Practice Research (DAP_r)
DAP_r – or Design and Architecture Practice Research – is a Commonwealth funded project aiming to mobilise the adoption of a practice approach to doctoral training in design, architecture and associated disciplines across Australia.
Food supply chain resource efficiency and ‘true cost of waste’
d___LAb has teamed up with Visy to map and measure supply chain food waste generated. The Dynamic Industry Resource Efficiency Calculation Tool (DIRECT) developed by RMIT has been a central to this research.
Japan’s north coast faces a long road to recovery
The 2016 “Living with the Sea” Open Seminar supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Public Memorials in Seoul
This project examines planning and design decisions about the range of public memorials erected throughout metropolitan Seoul as an innovative lens to explore ongoing shifts in how South Korea’s collective memory and national identity are expressed, perceived, debated and managed in the public realm.
Interdisciplinary research project focused on design approaches for Dementia in society.
Packaging Saves Food Research Group
Packaging Saves Food Research Group - new international collaborations
Alessi Mutants Projects Alessimutants.com
Italian design company, Alessi SpA together with Professor Tom Kovac of RMIT University and Professor Reiner Zettl from IoA die Andgewandte in Wien, have undertaken, through the Alessi Mutants' Workshops, 6 years of collaborative design research projects involving students from both universities on international level. This year will mark the 7th Alessi Mutants Workshop commencing June 2016.
Penumbra explores potentials for the design and fabrication of active building skin systems.
The new RMIT University ceremonial mace, draws upon the intricate and ornamental characteristics of historical mace and reinterprets these through computational design processes.
Automated Scatter Feeding Device for Vervet Monkeys
Food-based enrichment strategies are common in zoos as a way to activate particular animal behaviours. These behaviours are crucial for the cognitive and physical health and development and maintaining of social structures that would otherwise occur in a species natural habitat.
The FabPod II aims to deepen research into the relationship between architecture and digital manufacturing, and design for acoustics in small meeting spaces.
The meetPav will be an intimate room for meeting, discussion and debate.
Life Cycle Assessment in the last frontier
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in the last frontier: quantifying the environmental impacts and environmental impact reduction strategy for Australia Antarctic infrastructure
Open Space in Australian Schools
Essendon Primary School
Memorials as Spaces of Engagement
Each year millions in public and private funding are spent on memorials. This research explores how effective these works are in engaging the public.
Green Square Aquatic Centre and Gunyama Park Stage 2 Design Competition
A new activity centre for inner Sydney
Design for Vision
Prototyping the future workplaces for Vision Australia
Atmosphere installation for Selandra Rise
The City of Casey are entering a collaborative research project with RMIT's Augmented Landscapes Laboratory (ALL) to design an 'atmosphere installation' for a community centre in Selandra Rise in the City of Casey. The project is a prototype for future collaborative research projects between local councils and ALL.
URBAN + INTERIOR
A collaborative publication project that brings together an editorial team situated in Milan, Madrid and Melbourne to foster an international research network addressing the proposition urban + interior.
Initiated in 2008, Beyond Building integrates learning and teaching with research to address through the discipline of interior design and the practice of designing the situation of young people who have been placed in out-of-home residential care.
Performing Mobilities explores how different ways that human, non-human and material movements are performed can reveal shifts in contemporary cultures and ecologies, and signal opportunities for future action.
The CoDesign Health Group
The CoDesign Health Group aims to consolidate a platform for developing academic and research projects in collaboration with healthcare organizations
Ceramic Atelier collaboration with Studio Arico
This project between Dr Judith Glover of the Industrial Design program and Antonio Arico of Studio Arico in Milan explored product collaboration and development using old and new ceramic production techniques.
Cognitive Bias Testing Device for Lactating Sows
Developing a means of measuring the welfare of pigs is critical to Australia’s pork industry. This project focuses on the design and production of deployable cognitive bias testing and data-logging device for use inside the farrowing crates of lactating sows.
Animal Activated Showering Systems
Typically animal enrichment strategies in zoos are keeper dependent. In some circumstances technology-based and automated, animal activated or remotely visitor activated enrichment techniques can provide significant welfare benefits.
Sonic Enrichment Devices for Serval Cats
As Zoos increasingly engage patrons in conservation education new forms of visitor experience are trailed. This project explores the design of a visitor activated spatially variable sound-based enrichment system for Serval Cats, the smallest of the big cats.
Subterranean was an 8-speaker spatial sound composition performed in The Trench, situated beneath Federation Square for the 2013 14th Liquid Architecture Sound-Art festival. 12 iterations of a 20-minute performance recreated the weekly sounds of Flinders Street Station.
Sonic Rupture: a practice-led approach to urban soundscape design
Sonic rupture, written for Bloomsbury Publishing and released in June 2016, applies a design research methodology to traditional acoustic ecology approaches to develop a unique approach to urban sound design.
Revoicing the Striated Soundscape
The project, Revoicing the Striated Soundscape, created a sonic space in which air-conditioners speak, chant and sing to passers-by. The project conceptualises the city soundscape as the voice of the city.
Sounding Batman Park
Using innovative sound-based techniques this research tests sonic correlations between the voices of urban birds and the sounds of infrastructure in Batman Park. The project is an exploration of ideas to be realized more completely in future collaborative projects.
Sonic Ruptures – ABC RN (Soundproof)
Sonic Ruptures is a three-part program for ABC Radio National’s Soundproof program that imaginatively recounts a journey through a series of iconic international sonic parks, urban installations and architectural sound sculptures. The work is a sonic exploration of Lacey’s book Sonic Rupture: a practice-led approach to urban soundscape design (Bloomsbury publishing, 2016).
Shaping National Memory: The planning of public memorials in democratic capital cities
Memorials erected in national capital cities shape collective memory, identity and values. This project examines how changing design and procurement approaches, specific plans and polices, and the unfolding of history itself shape the aggregate forms, locations and meanings of memorials over time.
Interpretive Wonderings is an exhibition produced in collaboration with the Culpra Milli Aboriginal Corporation. It presents works shaped by the stories and history of the country of Culpra Station, NSW.
Hot Water Delivery Analysis
Savings in energy, water and greenhouse emissions can be achieved by implementing a "point-of-use" hot water service installation strategy
Potential opportunities for increased fuel cell deployment in Australia
A project with Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited, aimed at strategic research into the sustainability credentials of the BlueGen fuel cell product in relation to current built environment rating schemes.
Australian Packaging Covenant sustainable packaging guidelines
This is one of the schedules to the Australian Packaging Covenant, for the National Packaging Covenant Council.
Management of construction and demolition waste in Vietnam
d____Lab partners with RMIT University Vietnam to identify and quantify the construction and demolition waste collection pathways for waste concrete in Vietnam.
Food waste insights in the home
Universal behavioural change campaigns targeting waste avoidance may be ineffective given the significant differences between districts.
Food waste reduction opportunities in the food manufacturing sector
With Plenty Food Group Centre for Design and Society developed a tool to measure and reduce the waste generated by local food producers.
The role of packaging in minimising food waste in the supply chain of the future
Food security is an emerging challenge for policy makers and companies in the food supply chain.
Future of packaging white paper
The white paper was developed to support a more strategic and proactive role for industry in packaging sustainability
Life-cycle Flows of Materials and Energy at Scott Base Antarctica
A streamlined Life Cycle Assessment was used to model the operations at Antarctica’s Scott Base
Life Cycle Assessment of Nestlé NESCAFÉ Gold coffee packaging
An alternative coffee packaging that offers consumers a simple way to reduce their impact on the environment
Live Music in the Sustainable City 10 April 2015, Design Hub. A joint venture with Murdoch University. Convened by Jeffrey Hannam (SIAL Sound Studios), Jos Mulder (Murdoch University), Cat Hope (WAAPA) and Jon Perring (Fair Go 4 Live Music).
A SIAL Sound Studios and Elision Ensemble concert. Presented with the support of RMIT Art Gallery.
Agile Opera: an ARC Linkage Project
During micro lab 2, Chamber Made Opera screened a video of Turbulence at Federation Square as part of its Salon series of artist-audience evenings.
The PolyLace project is a series of architectural prototypes that explore the use of folded and inflated form work to eliminate the need for sophisticated robotic tool paths and generate complex material behaviours and effects.
The Laminar Bodies' project explores the translation of algorithmically generated complex geometry into surfaces fabricated from laser cut steel sheet.
Dabpod is an architectural prototype that investigates how limitations in controlling the behaviour of extruded plastic can reframe ideas of material agency and lead to novel formal applications and design effects.
A.ジュド 6 formalises ideas of meeting and collaborative production through the layering of gridded surfaces to produce moiré effects.
With the increased integration of digital technology altering our relationship to our working environments, the design development of a meeting pavilion provides an opportunity to expand and explore ideas of privacy and communication and to develop approaches to environments that promote participation and inclusion while providing for the control of both the physical and digital realms.
The Composite Swarm installation designed by Roland Snooks is an architectural prototype exploring the relationship of robotic fabrication, composite materials and algorithmic design.
SmartNodes is an RMIT University research project in collaboration with industry partner Arup.
Media, Art, Event
Architecture for urban identity
Regenerated Towns in Regenerated Nature
Urban Renewal and Wetlands
Consolidation and Expansion of Open Vegetated Space Projects in the Urban Territory of Merri Creek, Melbourne