Overview of the MDIT specialised streams
Learn more about the 4 main design themes of the MDIT
Applications now being accepted for First Semester 2016, with the next studio starting at end of February 2015
Designing Information Environments
As designers how do we create meaningful informational experiences that synthesise process, environments and digital technology? This specialisation focuses on two concepts: the internet of space, and the space of the internet. The former advances the use of spatial metaphors in the development of digital collection spaces (museums, libraries, archives etc). The later, engages designers to leverage the innovation of the internet – interactive websites, visualisations, APIs, etc – to promote new modes of design practice aligned to design thinking, innovation and prototyping.
Designing Responsive and Adaptive Environments
As designers how can we start to engage with the turbulent world of dynamic phenomena that shape our environments in ways that can ultimately lead to more subtly sensitive, responsive and energy conserving design solutions in our expanding cities? In the ubiquitous computing era, designers can now capitalise on real-time data to inform the design process. Dynamic phenomenal changes in the environment, such as air quality, winds, crowd movement, can be traced with sensors and visualised to inform the design process. The opportunities come with the advent of off-the-shelf sensors, microelectronics, smart phones, new and smart materials, and augmented reality tools. The possibilities are limitless, from designing tools to aid design processes in the mixed reality to designing adaptive architecture for the future.
Image credit: Prototype by Dr Kamil Sharaidin (SIAL), Photo by Jane Burry.
Digital Fabrication, Construction and Advanced Manufacturing
In an age where there is a plethora of new technologies proffering file to factory production and computer numerical control that outdate the need for industrial standardization or modularity, how do the real opportunities of digital fabrication and advanced manufacturing feed back into architectural design, fabrication and assembly? This stream explores digital workflow from conceptual design systems incorporating geometrical, material and/or fabrication and machining constraints to custom output, new material systems and full-scale prototyping. The tradeoff between design performance drivers such as acoustics, weight, strength and fabrication and assembly will also be explored in hands on design and physical making in the studio.
Spatial Sound Design and Urban Soundscape
As urban spaces arise as the dominant place of human habitation communities gradually become aware of a shared commons. While the soundscape is not a visible territory the actions of humans are inscribed across its acoustic terrain. The first part of this specialization will study the complex relationships between listener, sound and environment. Adapting techniques from contemporary electroacoustic music, the second part of the specialization will study compositional strategies for organizing sounds in physical and virtual space. The two parts are framed by the question: How can designers harness emerging techniques from electroacoustic sound research to create new forms of auditory spatial awareness in built and digital environments?