Design Research Collaboration Research Cluster

The Design Research Cluster's focus is to research through design for the 21st century city.  Our research objectives are driven by a transdisciplinary community of academics who believe that engaging in practice is integral to gaining knowledge.

Research excellence is achieved through collaborative design-based research, with the intent of enabling long lasting partnership between industry, practice, research and creativity.

The Design Research Cluster’s focus is to research through design for the 21st century city. Our research objectives are driven by a transdisciplinary community of academics who believe that engaging in practice is integral to gaining knowledge.

Research excellence is achieved through collaborative design-based research, with the intent of enabling long lasting partnership between industry, practice, research and creativity.

- See more at: https://www.be.unsw.edu.au/research-clusters/design-research-collaborati...

The Design Research Cluster’s focus is to research through design for the 21st century city. Our research objectives are driven by a transdisciplinary community of academics who believe that engaging in practice is integral to gaining knowledge.

Research excellence is achieved through collaborative design-based research, with the intent of enabling long lasting partnership between industry, practice, research and creativity.

 

- See more at: https://www.be.unsw.edu.au/research-clusters/design-research-collaborati...

The Design Research Cluster’s focus is to research through design for the 21st century city. Our research objectives are driven by a transdisciplinary community of academics who believe that engaging in practice is integral to gaining knowledge.

Research excellence is achieved through collaborative design-based research, with the intent of enabling long lasting partnership between industry, practice, research and creativity.

 

- See more at: https://www.be.unsw.edu.au/research-clusters/design-research-collaborati...

About Us

 

'Thinking through making: collaborative design-based research for the 21st century city'

The DO Design Research Collaboration sees design thinking as a mode of knowledge generation that has a key contribution to make to the Faculty, University and wider society.

We exist to strengthen our contribution is in the following areas:

  • Becoming a strong voice in the Faculty of the Built Environment for design research
  • Producing high quality design research outputs in top quality venues – exhibitions and written/illustrated publications
  • Creating a clear nexus between design teaching and design research
  • Providing a platform for informal presentation and discussion of design teaching and project ideas, to support further development into publishable/exhibitable form
  • Enhancing the collaborative and collegial support structure for staff and students undertaking design research in the Faculty. 

Design Research Philosophy

Design thinking is a highly integrative and flexible mode of encountering and shaping the world. The remarkable ideas and artefacts, both tangible and speculative, that designers create have long been recognised as valid material for scholarly research. In recent decades, the unique ability for design activity itself to generate new forms of knowledge has increasingly been appreciated.

Design activity is ideally suited to generating and testing alternatives, and to ‘reframing’ situations rather than necessarily accepting existing definitions of ‘the problem’. Research ‘by’ design can be likened to a series of drawn or modelled experiments. These experiments may range from the highly conceptual to the thoroughly applied. Even though the results may be speculative, they can still allow new understandings of the form and inhabitation of the future city to be gained, compared and critiqued.

The DO Design Research Collaboration assists the Faculty to move in the direction of research through the activity or mode of designing, to complement the existing research methodologies that are already into place for  design history and theory, design education and design practice. This research cluster provides a structure for enhancing the efforts of the many BE staff who research and teach in design, and whose research is highly relevant to industry and to society. 

Recent Exhibitions and Events

Exhibitions DO Cluster Members 2014-2015

 

2014

Murray AG, Ferrari R. The Liquid Air (Breathing Structure) Acrylic, Aluminium, Sand, Vinyl Tube. Eramboo, Terrey Hills. 15 Nov 2014 - 30 Nov 2014 (Creative Work (non-textual)) Publisher URL

Murray AG. The Matter of Voids Water-soluble film, silica, lead, glass, paper. Australia Square, Sydney. 07 Nov 2014 - 07 Nov 2014 (Creative Work (non-textual)) Publisher URL

Murray AG. Particulate Matter Paper, water-soluble film, glass, tape. Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University, Suzhou, China. 28 Oct 2014 - 22 Nov 2014 (Creative Work (non-textual)) Publisher URL

Simon K. The Affordance of Iteration: (Per)forming Landscape's Ambiguous Surfaces Ink, polyester drafting film, slide projection,. Design Research Institute, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Suzhou, China. 28 Oct 2014 - 11 Nov 2014 (Creative Work (non-textual))

Rodrigo R, Simon K, Irwin Faulks K. Canterbury Earthquakes Memorial Competition Stage 1 - Call and Response: A Sonic Field of Memory Print. N/A. 22 Aug 2014 - 22 Aug 2014 (Creative Work (non-textual)) Publisher URL

2015

Haeusler MH, Rosenberg E, Araullo R, Knapp C, Nelson J. ArcLight Sydney. 08 Jun 2015 - 08 Jun 2015 (Creative Work (non-textual)) Publisher URL 

Haeusler MH. Orkhēstra Power House Museum (MAAS) Sydney. 16 Aug 2014 - 24 Mar 2015 (Creative Work (non-textual))Publisher URL

Haeusler MH. Orkhēstra Frankfurt Rossmarkt. 30 Mar 2014 - 04 Apr 2015 (Creative Work (non-textual)) Publisher URL

Murray AG. Architecture by Hand & Mind: 60 Years of Architecture at UNSW Ground Floor Gallery, Red Centre, UNSW, 19 Oct 2015 - 25 Oct 2015 (Curatorial Output) Publisher URL

Murray AG. Breathing Buildings Aarhus School of Architecture, Aarhus, Denmark. 10 Sep 2015 - 12 Sep 2015 (Creative Work (non-textual))

Murray AG. Urban Field Glasgow School of Art. 08 Sep 2015 - 08 Sep 2015 (Creative Work (non-textual))

Murray AG, Scott A, Panov A. Tapestry Design Prize for Architects Australian Tapestry Workshop. 25 Jun 2015 - 26 Jul 2015 (Creative Work (non-textual)) Publisher URL

Murray AG. Urban Field Water, water-soluble film, dye, aluminium, plastic. UNSW Galleries, Sydney. 05 Jun 2015 - 05 Jun 2015 (Creative Work (non-textual))

Stead N, Gusheh M, Clark J, Young F. Portraits of Practice: at Work in Architecture Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney, Sydney, 10 Jul 2015 - 11 Sep 2015 (Curatorial Output)

Simon K, Twose S. Resonant city:elusive paths Video work with live sound component. Clam-Gallas Palace, Prague, Czech Republic. 18 Jun 2015 - 28 Jun 2015 (Creative Work (non-textual)) Publisher URL

Simon K, Rodrigo R, Irwin Faulks K. Call and Response: A Sonic Field of Memory Stage Two, Canterbury Earthquake Memorial Competition Shortlisted Entry Print, online. Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, New Zealand. 24 Feb 2015 - 15 Mar 2015 (Creative Work (non-textual)) Publisher URL 

Twose S, Simon K. Resonant City: The Line of Least and Greatest Resistance Performance. Clam-Gallas Palace, Prague, Czech Republic. 18 Jun 2015 - 28 Jun 2015 (Creative Work (non-textual)) Publisher URL

Contact Us

Dr Ainslie Murray

Telephone +61 2 9385 4798
Email: ainsliem@fbe.unsw.edu.au

Dr Katrina Simon
Telephone
+61 2 9385 5415
Email: k.simon@unsw.edu.au