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85800 Design in Asia

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In recent times, there has been growing recognition of the role of design in fostering vibrant local economies and communities in Asia, and in the development of the creative industries across the region. This subject introduces students to the highly diverse design cultures in Asia, and develops their knowledge of cross-cultural design practice in a collaborative and interdisciplinary setting. Focusing on design practices, issues and contexts in East and Southeast Asia, the subject foregrounds national and regional traditions as well as the transnational networks and connections within which they are embedded. It seeks to highlight the potential for design – as both a practice and a critical sensibility – to intervene and act as a creative agent of change in an increasingly dynamic, globalised and interconnected region. The subject provides a platform for articulating design perspectives in diverse cross-cultural settings and futures that would benefit students seeking to undertake global studios in Asia as part of 85302 Interdisciplinary Lab B.

In order to foster a working familiarity and experience in designing across cultural differences, student also work in interdisciplinary teams to develop a project centred on the increasingly dense, fast-changing and expansive precinct of Sydney's Chinatown. As a vibrant, multilingual, culturally diverse and cosmopolitan precinct, Sydney's Chinatown offers a snapshot and microcosm of the way Asia and Australia are intimately entangled in complex and variegated ways. The subject encourages students to reflect on the role of material culture in the remaking of Chinatown's built and visual environment, and the ways in which the multi-layered history, shifting identity and living heritage of this local precinct have been transformed through art, design and architecture.

The subject comprises interactive lectures on various design practices and contexts in Asia, research methods, studio work and site visits to local galleries and museums within the immediate vicinity of Sydney's Chinatown.

Typical availability

December session, City campus

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