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 […]

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 […]

How to write your brief and build your team for innovation.

How to write your brief and build your team for innovation.

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 […]

5 Ways Architects Help Their Clients Innovate

5 Ways Architects Help Their Clients Innovate

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 […]

One way to ask for something – and get it. The Exercise and Sports Science Teaching Building at Deakin University.

One way to ask for something – and get it. The Exercise and Sports Science Teaching Building at Deakin University.

At the opening of the Exercise and Sports Science Teaching Building Professor David Crawford told a story, along these lines, of how the idea for the building was raised. In 2016 we got a call from the Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU) telling us our School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences programme had been […]