University: RMIT University, Australia
Course: Second & Third Year Design Studio
Studio Name: Mobilise
Tutors: Sandra Githinji and Cindy Chen
At a time where we are confronted with historical, political, social, cultural, environmental, technological and institutional challenges, this studio asks how can design serve as an agent for change.
The studio enabled students to respond to an ethical framework guided by the text, Design Emergency:
Building a Better Future by Alice Rawsthorn and Paola Antonelli.
The studio explored ideas of mobilisation as a strategy for events, display and activism to generate critical responses to systems and contemporary concerns and issues. Through curatorial strategies and an emphasis on foregrounding design ideas, students developed techniques for activating meaningful discourse with audiences in public spaces.
Through critical research of precedent work by women and various BIPOC designers across multiple disciplines, students expanded their design vocabulary to challenge assumptions, redefine problems and creative innovative platforms for dialogue.