Pop-up eateries that encourage responsible consumption and new age bicycle racks are among the award-winning future-focused designs on display at the annual Luminocity exhibition at UNSW Sydney.
The theme of this year's exhibition at the Faculty of Built Environment considers how design professionals can address the various challenges of the 21st century.
Works from architecture, interior architecture, city planning, computational design, landscape architecture, industrial design, construction and project management will be on display.
UNSW Built Environment Lecturer in Computational Design and Curator of Luminocity, Dr Nicole Gardner, says the exhibition demonstrates the shared ambition of students to be future-focused, with an imperative to address significant local and global real-world issues.
"Our students are using their creativity not only to enliven and transform our built environment, but to solve important problems,” she said. "The projects featured in this year's exhibition showcase diverse ways that our students, our future built environment professionals, can shape more liveable, resilient, sustainable and equitable cities.”
Many of the projects are the result of a process that has first posed a question, to respond to a real-world challenge but this has been open to students to investigate innovative new possibilities in the design, delivery and production of future cities.
“The exhibition shows that designing an object, building, site, or process involves thinking about design as more than functional problem solving but also a social and environmental responsibility.”
The projects displayed in the Exhibition extend from the room to the region and reflect a diverse range of skills, practices, and mediums—from hand-drawing, physical model-making and prototyping, to data-rich 3D modelling, coding, digital fabrication, and immersive forms of mixed and virtual realities—that are engaged in the design and construction of the built environment.
On UNSW Open Day on September 7, visitors can view the exhibition and talk to current students and staff about careers in architecture, design, planning and construction. A series of hands-on workshops will also be available for prospective students.
When: Exhibition Open: August 27 to September 7, 9am - 5pm
Launch event: Tuesday August 27, 7pm; register here
Open Day: Saturday September 7; 9am – 4pm
Where: Red Centre Gallery, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW Sydney