Why Being Curious Makes for Better Designs

Why Being Curious Makes for Better Designs

Several topics have been occupying my mind in 2021. The leader of a legal firm having to step down for sending a letter to staff that challenged the status quo. Victoria University writing a compelling RFT about the type of people they want to work with. A transgender person kicked out of female toilets in a […]

Why Designing for Potential Makes for Better Classrooms

Why Designing for Potential Makes for Better Classrooms

In this post, I identified the teacher as the essential ingredient in creating a great classroom. I think the next one is ‘potential’ – when designing a learning space, imagine entering it for the first time and thinking ‘am I inspired to learn here?’ Flexible use and class sizes of a typical classroom can compete […]

Why Architects Must Remember to Design Spaces for People to Use

Why Architects Must Remember to Design Spaces for People to Use

This article https://lnkd.in/gP58unk talks about the amazing things being done to combine Information technology and building materials to enhance the experience of entering a building. It reminded me of a passage in the 1943 book ‘The Fountainhead’ by Ayn Rand; a book that is a bit of a rite of passage for architects to read. “The intrinsic […]

How ds is Helping to Hurry Up the Demise of the Lecture Theatre

How ds is Helping to Hurry Up the Demise of the Lecture Theatre

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 […]

How Diversity And Innovation Drive Great Culture

How Diversity And Innovation Drive Great Culture

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.”

The Size of the Classroom is (almost) as Important as the Teacher

The Size of the Classroom is (almost) as Important as the Teacher

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 […]

ds Commits to Innovating

ds Commits to Innovating

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 […]

Blended Learning Has Not Realized Its Potential

Blended Learning Has Not Realized Its Potential

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, […]

Design Crit for the Redevelopment of The Bill Lawry Pavilion & Oval

Design Crit for the Redevelopment of The Bill Lawry Pavilion & Oval

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 […]

Is your use of Information Technology setting learning free…or holding it hostage?

Is your use of Information Technology setting learning free…or holding it hostage?

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 […]