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Research and Innovation


Issue 31: Spring 2019

Shaping our world: Change by design

This publication is made possible, in part, with the support of the Research Support Fund.

    The sensory stimulation offered by colour, texture and structure shape how we interpret the world and how we interact with it. In response to real-world challenges, our researchers are looking at ways in which we can improve that interaction. They are taking creative ideas and employing a wide range of design strategies to catalyze these ideas into tangible solutions. From virtual reality and machine learning to fashion, architecture, economics, urban planning and photography, our scholars are boldly demonstrating design and creativity's intrinsic connection to sustainability, society and inclusive communities.

    The stories featured in Innovation are just a few examples of the vital ways that design and creativity can create impact in the world around us, as well as stimulate novel collaborations across different disciplines.

                            Vaisseau (2018/19)

                            Professor Jonathon Anderson, Interior Design Director, Faculty of Communication and Design’s Creative Technology Lab

                            This work is comprised of more than 30 vessels that were 3D printed in PLA plastic using a customized Kuka robotic arm. Created in the FCAD Creative Technology Lab, these vessels are part of a project that explores robotic fabrication. There is an increasing amount of research investigating integrated design and robotic control methods for application in the realm of digital fabrication, reimagining the possibilities of interiors, architecture and design.