In these undergraduate studios, design is thought of as a cross disciplinary pursuit that seeks new parameters for spatial practice within the urban environment. This is undertaken through an engagment with the physical, phenomenological, social, cultural, historical and technological definitions which shape the city. In this way the design studio operates as a mechanism for challenging pre-existing assumptions about the act of design and the role of the designer within the cultural domain.
The formulating of design studios that apply the principles of the manipulation of light, sound, form and materiality as their central focus, provides the opportunity to develop an approach to design that involves the manipulation of physical phenomena as a fundamental act. The projects that emerge from this thinking range from temporal and ephemeral art-based installations, context driven exhibition designs, complex interior architecture schemes and urban scale augmented landscapes.