Design that Facilitates Innovation
You understand that innovation is working out a better way to solve your problem.
You know that to move forward you need to innovate.
So do we.
We believe innovation should be considered in all aspects of a project - design, process, ideas and people. We help realise your ideas by designing to facilitate innovation.
But what is design that facilitates innovation?
It is designing the receptacle that gives life to your idea; It is when the built form becomes an integral part of the idea and in doing so inspires and supports innovative processes and ideas; It is design based on what has come before and realised in a better way.
Over 20 years we have approached projects with this understanding of innovation.
We have applied it to teaching spaces and research laboratories; to homes and factories; to community centres and clinics. We use our imagination, inventiveness and creative skills to produce designs that are unique, considered and the best they can be.
_We helped the University of Melbourne implement learning spaces
to support their innovative approach to group work.
_At Deakin University we helped them create
a one-of-a kind sporting facility
so they would continue to be world leaders in their speciality.
_By rethinking and refining the design and procurement processes
we helped Murray Goulburn meet their commitment to provide milk to Coles by
getting new factories designed in almost impossible timelines.
_At Monash University we’ve been helping them implement
their innovative approach to next generation learning spaces
into existing buildings at their Peninsula and Clayton Campuses.
_At Melbourne High School
we helped them implement a template for collaborative learning spaces
to support their innovative approach to the delivery of their curriculum.
_We helped Kenworth Trucks design and implement
an expansion and workflow change to their Bayswater factory
so that capacity could be increased without impacting their day to day operations.
_We designed our new office
to support team work and open discussion
in the belief
that we cannot help our clients realise their innovations
without doing it ourselves.
You know the future is full of possibilities and is going to be different to the present.
You know that change is all around us.
You understand the value of design in helping us meet these changes.
So do we.
By identifying and articulating the project objectives we facilitate the progression of a project from start to finish. Up front work on design and delivery options optimises our client’s outcomes. We manage and balance risk, time and quality for projects through innovative planning, scheduling, cost tracking and resource management.
Our in-house Interior Design capability provides additional resources to our design team. From basic fit-outs to complex incorporation of corporate branding our interior designers add interest and value to any project.
We are driven to deliver unique, innovative and functional buildings, based on our ability to understand our client’s requirements and convert them into a concept. We take an holistic approach designing around the idea of the whole facility – how it operates, how it looks and feels, how much it costs and how it will be delivered.
The demise of the lecture theatre has been touted for quite some time and Monash University are doing their bit to speed this along having recently converted 2 lecture theatres into an extended/cross reality (XR) laboratory . Some of the amazing work that will be developed in the laboratory can be found here. Touted as a $30Billion […]
Great article here about how diversity drives innovation. The take away piece for is “diverse workplaces drive innovation because the more diverse teams are along many dimensions the more likely they are to draw inspiration from seemingly unrelated places. These idea combinations lead to more unlikely and more innovative ideas.”
Take away the teacher and what is the most important ingredient for a great classroom? ds has worked with some of the most innovative educators and when I look back at projects, space is a common factor that determines if a classroom will be great. Integrated audio visual systems, good acoustics and lighting, comfortable seating and […]
I think quite a few people grew up thinking of innovators as heroes – a lone person coming up with a brilliant idea that changes everything. Think Steve Jobs. Think Marie Curie. Or maybe even ‘Doc’ Brown in Back to the Future. Who wouldn’t want to be that person? A few weeks ago I read […]
There is much talk about applying lessons learnt during the Covid-19 shutdown to how we play, work and learn. So why did some schools tell parent they would stop providing remote learning and only provide on site learning when school resumed? Why, when some children may learn better remotely, is this no longer provided? Why, […]
Not long ago, Darebin City Council put out the call for design teams to submit an expression of interest for an exciting new project involving the design of a new pavilion at The Bill Lawry Oval in Northcote. Due to time constraints ds decided to forego submitting an EOI but instead used the design competition brief for […]
IT has enabled sharing of information more than ever before. But over the shutdown I’ve been thinking about complex learning spaces sitting empty and wondering if they are actually holding learning hostage – implemented at significant cost to enhance learning, if the facilities can’t be used then the approach has to change. And if it […]
Most briefs:– We are seeking to appoint a design team to design an innovative classroom / laboratory / research centre / hub / factory / community centre Selection Criteria:– Proven experience in the sector.– 3 examples of similar projects. Scoring:– Experience counts 50% of the total score. In the book How Innovation Works, Matt Ridley describes […]
Architects, like us at DS, that want to help you innovate understand our role is not that of being the innovator alone. It is working with you to create an environment that encourages and supports innovation from everyone. We do our part by: 1. Challenging We challenge you to consider options and keep an open […]