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DATTA Research Conference 2018 (prev. TERC)


10th Biennial International DATTA-Research Conference 2018 (prev. TERC)



Swinburne University of Technology

with Swinburne Senior Secondary College next door.


5 - 8 December 2018, bookmark this date!
John Street, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia.

Conference theme: 

Fostering applied design led innovation capabilities: how do we know we are doing it better than any other subject?

Watch this link for Call for Papers during October 2017:


The world we make defines us: so we better make good decisions!  Increasingly, applied design led innovation capability is a sought after new generation skill-set combining creativity and technical knowledge required for both industry and community life.   From emergent play to sophisticated pioneering capabilities, this international event asks:

  •  ‘What must be the reformed vision for design and technology education that assures its future as a necessary and highly invested field of learning?’
  •  ‘How can design and technology assert itself as the lead provider of applied design led innovation capability? A capability that uniquely develops the integrated mind and fosters innovation attributes that last a pupil’s lifetime.’


Swinburne's Factory of the Future


For more information contact:

Assoc. Professor Kurt Seemann at the Centre for Design Innovation at Swinburne: [email protected]

Laura Murphy at DATTA Vic: [email protected]

Google Map Reference for Swinburne


Event Layout (as at May 2017) DOWNLOAD HERE

Leaving Traces - Living Politics in the City


 Call for Participation for a study-day organised by the Laboratory of research GRIEF (ENSA Bretagne, Rennes, France), and The Centre for Design Innovation at Swinburne University (Melbourne, Australia)


(Official and unofficial political discourse in Montesacro, Rome. Photo by Flavia Marcello)

Public space and life in the polis were from the beginning public space tightly connected, both in terms of city governance and shared actions of its inhabitants. Whether carefully designed or loosely articulated, public space shapes behavior, providing a frame for the norms and rules of society. At the same time, it implicitly invites transgression. From the agora of Athens to the central squares in the former Communist Bloc, from the streets of San Francisco to the paths in the favelas or other informal communities, public spaces are arenas of political expression, where official discourse and unofficial voices meet/ overlap/ come into conflict with each other.

If official channels of political discourse are well-documented and built into the socio-political structures of modern society, unofficial means of expression are less studied. From explicit forms of protest to furtive integration, we are particularly interested in scenarios where distinctions between official and unofficial political discourses become blurred. This study day will examine how unofficial political voices are made manifest in the urban realm by focusing on one or more of the following questions:

  • What tactics are used to make these unofficial voices ‘audible’?
  • How does political expression turn the city into a space of dynamic visuality?
  • What is the impact of ephemeral events on public space?


By questioning a certain normativity (but not only), we seek to stress the connections and the tensions between officially shaped (and designed) public spaces and unofficially used, occupied or appropriated places and/ or itineraries. By viewing political expressions – be they official or unofficial – in this way, we also want to question the very meaning of ‘what is political’.

We invite scholars from the fields of architecture, urban studies, history, political, cultural or social studies and art to engage with these broad concepts. We seek papers that focus on the analysis of both historical and contemporary case studies exploring how the urban realm can shape, frame and even incite political discourse. Presentations can address a range of manifestations in both material forms (from posters, graffiti, art interventions to simple placement of objects) and immaterial practices (rallies, protests, soap boxes, public speeches, art events, etc.).

Send your abstract (300 words) and your short bio (1000 words) to Carmen Popescu ([email protected]) and Flavia Marcello ([email protected]) by July 31, 2018.

The study day will be held on November 22, 2018, and is organised by the Laboratory of research GRIEF, at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Bretagne in Rennes, France, and The Centre for Design Innovation at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia. It will take place at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Bretagne, 44, boulevard de Chézy, Rennes.

Speakers will have to ensure they cover travel expenses/ we will try to provide a number of fellowships supporting these expenses. Accommodation will be provided for all speakers.

Please note that the language of the study day will be French and English.

Richard Maddock public lecture


When: 12:30pm - 1:30pm 

Where: TD121 Hawthorn Campus


Richard Maddock, esteemed Architect and Engineer and an associate of the world-renowned Foster + Partners London Architecture firm, is coming to Swinburne to present an engaging industry view on the structural properties of timber.

Speaking on a number of recent Foster + Partners timber projects, as well as recent research into 3D printing and bone structures in association with NASA, Maddock's lecture is open to all members of the public.

More information is available through the provided link.

Design for Health Research Conference Dec 2017





4–7 December 2017

Swinburne University of Technology


Sheffield Hallam University 

Melbourne, Australia


Watch and bookmark this page for D4H2017 Updates.


We are excited to announce that the Centre for Design Innovation, in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, is hosting the biennial Design4Health Research and Exhibition Conference in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in December 2017.

The Design4Health 2017 Conference provides an opportunity for collaboration between the disciplines of design and health to develop new ways to positively impact the environmental, social, cultural and economic factors within our communities and beyond. 

This four-day conference brings together designers and creative practitioners with researchers, clinicians, policy makers and users to discuss, disseminate and test their approaches and methods. Together we explore creative approaches and perspectives to enhance understanding and experience, and improve efficiency of health and wellbeing services and products.

This biennial event, hosted by The Centre for Design Innovation, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design at Swinburne University of Technology, and Lab4Living at Sheffield Hallam University's Art and Design Research Centre, will be held outside of Europe for the first time, in the summer season of Melbourne, Australia.

Lab4Living, who established the conference, is an interdisciplinary research initiative who look at developing products and environments, and proposing creative strategies for dignified, independent and fulfilled living for all.

The conference will feature: a Design4Health challenge, a Design4Health exhibition, and focused seminars on design-led health initiatives and research.

The scientific committee will be welcoming papers on the following themes:

Technology, Sport Wearables, and Health

  • Devices, wearables and assistive technologies
  • Smart materials
  • Transhumanism, 3D printing and the Person-technology interface
  • High tech v. low tech solutions for health and well-being:Traditional/indigenous practices, knowledge, experience
  • Tele-health
  • Screening and assessment 

Future self and Ageing

  • Health across the lifespan
  •  Dementia, cognition and mental health
  • Ethics
  • Designing for death and palliative care
  • Person-centred care




Environment, Habitat,  and Health

  • Evidence-based design: from cities to devices, from systems to services
  • Designing for well-being
  • Eco-health and biophillia
  • Salutogenics
  • Population, public health, humanitarian habitat
  • Chronic disease: management and prevention
  • Injury: management and prevention


Innovations in practice, processes and systems

  • Big data and meta-data
  • Sports, exercise science and health
  • Health promotion, education and literacy
  • Information management
  • Integrated care


Health, Design, and Education

  • Developing future capability.



We also welcome papers focussed on methods or education/training that cross-link into one or more of the themes and invite reccomendations for additional topics.

Further details including speakers, program and venue details available on our D4H website.



Building Dynamics: Exploring Architecture of Change


Professor Branko Kolarevic
This lecture surveys essential concepts and significant past and current projects that deal with interactive, responsive environments

Time: 12:00 pm

Venue: Swinburne Hawthorn Campus, Room: AMDC 912/913


Branko Kolarevic


Books by Prof. Kolarevic are found here.

NOTE: only 8 seats were left at 9am, Melb. Time, 11 Oct 2017


 Building Dynamics: Exploring Architecture of Change

This lecture surveys essential concepts and significant past and current projects that deal with interactive, responsive environments, i.e. buildings that can change their configuration, appearance, and environmental conditions in response to patterns of occupation and context (and in return can shape those too). The principal argument is that change in architecture is far from being adequately addressed or explored theoretically, experimentally, or phenomenologically.

About the Speaker

Branko Kolarevic is a Professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Environmental Design, where he co-founded the Laboratory for Integrative Design (LID) and is a co-director of the multi-disciplinary Computational Media Design (CMD) program. He has taught architecture at several universities in North America and Asia and has lectured worldwide on the use of digital technologies in design and production. He has authored, edited or co-edited several books, including “Building Dynamics: Exploring Architecture of Change” (with Vera Parlac), “Manufacturing Material Effects” (with Kevin Klinger), “Performative Architecture” (with Ali Malkawi) and “Architecture in the Digital Age.” He is a past president of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), past president of the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB), and was recently elected future president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). He is a recipient of the ACADIA Award for Innovative Research in 2007 and ACADIA Society Award of Excellence in 2015. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in design from Harvard University and a diploma engineer in architecture degree from the University of Belgrade.


A light lunch/refreshments will be provided. As we have a capacity of 30, we are asking guests to register.

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