Activities & Projects

Semester 1 Snapshot: What a semester this has been!

Aaron Down & Tiina Tuulos

18 June 2020

The way we learn, teach, communicate and live has been disrupted, and now more than ever we see the importance of creative-problem solving in ensuring we build towards a sustainable and better future of learning and working.

The projects our students have been working with various industry partners this semester showcase how they are applying and harnessing design-led approaches and creativity, to make an impact to our communities and society at large.

We are sure many of us have found and built a new resilience and capability to adapt in the past few months. This certainly has been true to our students, working in interdisciplinary teams together with industry partners on complex societal, environmental and business challenges.

Over the past semester, our students have shown tremendous resilience, creativity and ingenuity and we wholeheartedly want to commend them on that!

Semester 1 classes quickly became an episode of The Brady Bunch!

Our Global Programs, where Zoom calls and remote collaboration has always been the norm, wrapped up with online showcases: The first-ever CBI A3 Online Exhibition & Showcase in May and the SUGAR Cloud EXPO in June. The PdP program showcase will take place later this year. The projects included:

Our local programs kicked off with Occupational Therapy and Design students tackling inclusive design challenges ahead of the next iteration of TOM@Univeristy next semester.

Collaboration with ANSTO continued to grow with a project on improving radiotherapy experience and screening for breast cancer patients, and explored the value of design approaches in science and technology. The team designed a garment that improves breast cancer patient’s experience and aids in the screening process.

As part of Swinburne’s School of Design’s 1.5 degree sustainability initiative, our Innovation Challenge Project students worked with the Boroondara City Council to push the boundaries of the their Glenferrie Road Placemaking project – with some great results and varying concepts to improve sense of community, wayfinding and environmental awareness. Students in our research-driven unit Industry Engagement & The Problem Solving Space worked on sustainability practices together with industry perspectives from ASPIRE.

Congratulations again to all our resilient, creative, capable and innovative students for creating such outstanding outcomes and showcasing tremendous capability in remote collaboration!