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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.

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Forging partnerships with STEM teachers of Victoria

The CDI has recently been successful in developing a collaborative relationship with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics teacher community, one that promises to contribute significantly to the nuance of design innovation within Victorian schools, especially at the VCE level.

This new focus, in conjunction with A/Prof Therese Keane of Swinburne’s Faculty of Arts, Health and Design, heavily promotes cross-faculty collaborative research in order to achieve innovative design outcomes and is endorsed by the Design and Technology Teachers Association (DATTA) Victoria.

DATTA’s recent Technotes journal explores the CDI’s sponsorship of Mr Milorad Cerovac, a VCE Systems Engineering teacher and PhD student at Swinburne University, who saw an opportunity to expand upon research into measuring design innovation in the K-12 curriculum in Victorian schools .

In doing so, Milorad hopes to contribute to a wider study on Technacy that has been led by the CDI, which looks to create a framework for effective student uptake in Technology, a relatively new concept within most secondary schools in the state.

DATTA’s Technotes Journal for June 2018 is available here: (8mb PDF Download)

CDI 2018 Biennial Report

The Centre for Design Innovation is pleased to announce the release of its 2018 Biennial Report! 

This new edition encompasses a wide selection of our research outcomes and a detailed overview of our core programs: Architecture and Habitat, User Experience Design for Services, Future-Self and Design Living Lab, Smart Equipment Engineering and Wearable Technology Design and Advanced Product Design and Development.

The CDI has grown significantly over the last two years, a product of our sustained success in conducting serious deep research that creates innovative outcomes in a range of different design fields. This report delves into the information pursuit of our team, exploring the way the CDI navigates the contextual factors that shape uptake and adaption, as well as the positive effect our catalogue of work has had on end-users both locally and internationally.

We at the Centre for Design Innovation look forward to continuing our efforts to maximise the human experience of wider systems, services and spaces into the future. 

Download PDF web version (8MB low resolution) here: CDI Biennial Report 2018


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:


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 the 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.



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 will be Dr Ray Avishek, whom Dr Melles 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.

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