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Exploring urban political discourse

An upcoming study day organised by the Laboratory of research GREIF and the Centre for Design Innovation at Swinburne University promises to explore how urban environments can shape, frame and incite political discourse. 

Scheduled to be held on November 22nd of 2018, the conference invites scholars from the fields of architecture, urban studies, history, art and political, cultural and social studies to contribute to a deeper discussion around political expression in a number of historical and contemporary case studies, including the agora of Athens, the former Communist Bloc and the streets of San Francisco. 

The ideas of both official and unofficial political discourse will be extensively scrutinised, traversing exactly how unofficial political discourse is able to gain traction and how these unofficial voices can become “audible.” 

By analysing the tensions between officially shaped public spaces and those of unofficially used or occupied spaces and the effect they have on wider political expression, organisers hope to question the very meaning of “what is political.” 

The study day will be will be held at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Bretagne, 44, boulevard de Chézy, Rennes and will be conducted in both French and English.

More information is available at: www.cdiengage.com.au/events/leaving-traces-living-politics-in-the-city.

 

Dr Gavin Melles receives Global Initiative of Academic Networks fellowship

The CDI would like to congratulate Dr Gavin Melles, who recently received a GIAN (Global Initiative of Academic Networks) fellowship for India to teach about designing social innovation. This award symbolises a global recognition of Melles’ expertise, resulting in his teaching of human-centred design at the National Institute of Technology Silchar, in the Indian state of Assam.

This award places both Dr Melles and Swinburne University of Technology on a global stage, highlighting the excellence that Swinburne has cultivated over a number of years. Locally, Dr Melles’ success represents one of few fellowships of similar prestige awarded to Melbourne universities in recent years, and Swinburne’s second such award.

 
The National Institute of Technology in Silchar, India. (Image:https://www.collegepravesh.com/engineering-colleges/nit-silchar/)

 

The Government of India developed the GIAN program in 2014, with an eye to “accelerating the pace of quality reform” and “elevating India’s scientific and technological capacity to global excellence.” It has focused on bringing global experts to India mainly in areas of science and technology. 

Levels of international engagement with institutes of Higher Education in India have subsequently increased over the ensuing years, with a number of the world’s best academic and industry experts imparting their knowledge on those that will develop their local infrastructure.

(Image: https://www.frenchscienceindia.org/come-teach-in-india-apply-for-gian-programme-before-28th-february/)

 

This is not Dr Melles’ first honour of the kind, following a similar STINT grant in Sweden (at Linköping University) in 2012-13 and a global fellowship at Edinburgh University’s Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities (IASH) in 2016. His partner at NIT Silchar, Dr Ray Avishek he met when they were both at IASH as fellows. He has also previous studied NGO and social enterprise impact assessment in New Delhi, funded by the Australia India Institute.

 

 

Professor Mark Taylor joins the CDI

The Centre for Design Innovation is excited to announce the arrival of Professor Mark Taylor, who will look to lend his expertise to the upstart User Experience Design for Services program. 


Professor Taylor joins the CDI with an impressive body of work, following six years as a Professor of Architecture at the University of Newcastle where he lent his expansive knowledge of the history and theory of architecture and industrial design to a number of university projects and publications focused around the effect the intricacy of interior design can have on culture. 

Mark was a key driver of the ‘Flow: A Conference in Two Parts’ international symposium in 2011, which laid the foundations for his upcoming publication of Flow: Interior, Landscape and Architecture in the Era of Liquid Modernity, exploring the relationship between the interior, landscape and architecture and how this affects the relationships between phenomena. Set to be released on the 12th of July this year, Mark’s newest publication is a major point of excitement for the CDI. He also continues as an editorial board member for ‘Designing Interiors’ (Lund Humphries).

Professor Taylor has also heavily contributed to a wide array of publications centred around interior design, such as: Interior Design and Architecture: Critical and Primary Sources (Bloomsbury 2013), Designing the French Interior: The Modern Home and Mass Media (Bloomsbury 2015) and is currently finalizing A Cultural History of Interiors in the Medieval Age (Bloomsbury 2018).

Mark promises to prove a valuable addition to the User Experience Design for Services team, immediately commencing an ARC Discovery Grant upon his transfer to Swinburne, with a focus on “Place and Parametricism: Provocations for the Rethinking of Design” which will be explored between 2017-2020.

Design4Health Melbourne 2017 Proceedings

We are pleased to provide a link to download the web version of the Design4Health Melbourne 2017 Conference Proceedings.  

A higher resolution version may become availabe with Lab4Living.

DOWNLOAD the reduced file size web version by clicking the thumbnail of the cover page below.

New Centre Flyer 2018

We are excited to share our new 2018 Centre Flyer.  The flyer flags our new program of research, and signals our plans to build User Experience for Services: Tourism, Health and Government, and  Architecture and Habitat research.

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