2016 Designing Information Environments


Designing Information Environments Studio 2016

Partly due to privacy fears, but perhaps also due to a more general discomfort with engaging the messiness of humans, smart cities tend to sense objects not people, infrastructure not culture. Dan Hill, On the Smart City, 2013

In the Infra_Place studio we are exploring a layering of concepts: wayfinding, the Smart City, digital place-making, and urban transport systems. Along with these concepts we are integrating design innovation, research-led design, service design, prototyping and ideation to generate unique design solutions to a series spaces in Melbourne’s public transport system.

In this studio we are excited to be working with Public Transport Victoria (PTV), City of Melbourne (Tourism and City Lab), and Wyndham City. Through a series of presentations and site visits we will be exposed to a range of ideas to consider for the project. The main project for the studio is the design of hybrid physical/digital installations, deep underground, connecting 3 City Loop train platforms to each other and the city and its citizens.

Key themes: wayfinding, smart city, digital place-making, open data

Ideas being explored.

– Passive vs active citizens
– Systematic vs individual agency
– Locals vs Tourists
– The mobile phone vis-a-vis space
– Universal design.

Studio Dates

This studio runs from April 13 – May 18

Studio Information

Studio Coordinator:
Greg More Contact

Studio Collaborators & Staff:
– Public Transport Victoria (PTV) (PTV)
– City of Melbourne – Tourism & Business, City Lab (City of Melbourne)
– Wyndham City (Wyndham City)
– Dr Reuben Staton (Paper Giant)
– Dr Chris Marmo (Paper Giant)
– Ed Carter (edmundcarter.com)
– RMIT SIAL Staff and Design Hub facilities.