Design and Cultural Invention


Design is often thought of as mere window dressing, used to sell lifestyles to an eager populace. By taking a broader view of the term, design can be seen as an active participant in cultural invention, shaping and altering the way in which we interact with the world. This course will look at some of the ways in which it affects our lives, and how we can use design to enrich ourselves.

TAGS: design, culture, architecture, housing, media

Starts: July 16, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Some Velvet Morning 123 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill VIC 3068
Format: Presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

Islamic Architecture: Meaning, Functions & Symbols

July 16, 2013 Lecturer: Targol Khorram (Architect)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

The rise of Islam in the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, the Levant, Arab Maghreb, Turkey, Iran, Spain and India brought with it a specific sort of architecture. This talk will explore the role and form of architecture in Islamic civilisations, how the relationship between time and space differs amongst Islamic countries, the concept of private and public space, and the mysterious symbols which lie beneath the rich decoration of Islamic architecture.

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Small Scale Publishing And Communities Of Interest

July 23, 2013 Lecturer: Stuart Geddes (Chase And Galley)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

DIY magazines, and ad-hoc publishing more generally, can be instrumental to communities. The most obvious example of this is what zines were to Punk. Either as a mouthpiece, rallying point or tool for investigation, magazines are often at the heart of communities.

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Home: Rethinking A Place To Call Your Own

July 30, 2013 Lecturer: David Week (Assai Consulting/Inclusive Urbanism)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

As a result of the industrial revolution, most of the important work that used to take place at home—thinking, production, education—was removed to specialised places called offices, factories and schools. The home was reduced to a place for recreation and consumption. The work done at home (mostly women's work) demeaned as "housework". And the homes themselves exported to "dormitory suburbs." This session will reveal the unrecognised but essential work still being done in the home, the external forces which block us from having the homes we want, and what to do to regain our homes.

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Design As A Tool For Exploring Possible Futures

Sept. 7, 2013 Lecturer: Stuart Candy (Arup Foresight)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes
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