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The Design Lab is a research group in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, committed to interdisciplinary, design-led research that leads to improved interactions and experiences through and with digital technology.

Research in the Design Lab focuses on three core aspects of design: the process and theory of human-centred design; the design of innovative solutions; and the use of digital products.

Research projects in the Design Lab span the two broad areas of interaction design and creative technologies. These areas are combined and extended through collaborations across and beyond the Design Lab into more specialised research areas including design thinking, experience design, interactive media, media architecture, urban informatics, urban data science, human–robot interaction, computational creativity, and wearable technology. The members of the Design Lab apply their research to a diverse range of applications including architecture, urban and regional planning, transport, healthcare, education, and the creative industries.

The Design Lab provides the environment and resources to facilitate collaborations with industry and communities, providing opportunities for enhancing current practice, environments, and systems through design.

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Image courtesy of James Dumesny. Published in: Dumesny, J. and Tomitsch, M. (2014) Reconciling Paper and Tablets: Interaction Mappings for Linking Physical Information with Digital Documents. In Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OzCHI'14), ACM, New York, NY, USA.

Design Lab News

Raising the Bar Sydney 2016: Lian Loke - Can technology turn us into elite athletes?

Whether it be a Netflix binge, essay deadlines or online gaming, we tend to think that today’s technology is making us lazier and less active. But is this actually the case? In this talk, Lian will explore a more positive view of technology, and how you can use it to help increase your physical activity.

If you missed Lian's talk you can check out the podcast here.

Pedestrian safety needs to catch up to technology and put people before cars

Martin Tomitsch writes about pedestrian safety the issues with car-centric city design in The Conversation.

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Design Lab at Sydney Design 2016

The future-focused Design Lab at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning is taking an active role in this years Sydney Design program. The annual design festival (2 - 11 September) themed 'Make or Break' features a number of our leading academics and researchers challenged to transform Sydney and provides visitors an opportunity to discuss the future of design, production methods and digital technologies.

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Professor Carlo Ratti Lecture | Senseable Cities

International guest, Professor Carlo Ratti (Director, MIT Senseable City Lab & Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati.) addresses the issues of how our cities are being radically transformed - alongside the tools we use to design them and the impact on their physical structure, through projects by the Senseable City Laboratory, a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the design office Carlo Ratti Associati. Lecture recorded at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning on 03.06.16.

Lecture link here

Media Architecture Biennale 2016

1-4 June
The Concourse, Chatswood
Sydney NSW

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MAB16 Website

"Keeping urban communities engaged is essential to creating liveable cities" says Dr Martin Tomitsch, Head of Design Lab at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney and General Chair of The Media Architecture Biennale 2016.

Come June 2016, the Media Architecture Biennale (MAB16) will project Sydney into the digital media spotlight. From June 1st, The Concourse in Sydney's Chatswood will host the world's leading experts in architectural digital technology for 4 days of conferences, seminars and symposia designed to discuss, assess and debate the impact of digital technology in the future design and development of smarter and more liveable cities.

Workshop collaborates on new tools for students with disabilities

Students from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning collaborated with industry professionals and people living with disabilities in Enabled by Design-athon which workshopped new products and technologies to improve people's lives.

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