University of Technology Sydney

88015 Global Studio A

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks


This elective involves travelling to Greece and the island of Kefalonia to carry out an investigation into the use of plastic and possible sustainable solutions. With support from the Ionion Centre for Art and Culture students present an interdisciplinary proposal as a public exhibition at the conclusion of the project on Kefalonia.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and demands of live design briefs.
2. Demonstrate a practical understanding of interdisciplinary collaboration in design
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the potential of design to effect change in complex situations
4. Demonstrate an ability to plan and execute research in a professional manner
5. Demonstrate an ability to build strong connections between design research and design generation and development
6. Demonstrate an ability to undertake advanced reflective practice
7. Demonstrate improved group work skills and appreciation of team roles
8. Demonstrate an advanced capacity to develop design arguments and rationales

Teaching and learning strategies

In this Global Studio elective the discipline of design is cast as an agent for change, a way of creating and critically exploring possible futures for various contemporary urban environments. Centring on the island of Kefalonia, Greece, the lab will consider the future of the island with regard to the use and re-use of everyday plastic materials. This will involve investigating the island, its towns and locales, to recognise how it functions in terms of urban planning, public space, sustainability, architecture, tourism, sea sports and related design disciplines. We will consider the cultural history of the island, its institutions and businesses, its domestic and recreational resources and any issues that might be generally applicable to other island states like Australia or Indonesia.

The first assessment task at the end of the first week will involve an individual presentation as to how each student sees the early stages and opportunities for working with plastic and sustainable solutions on the island.

The second assessment task is to design a presentation for display in the gallery of the Ionian Centre that will change the way we think and use plastic. These works take the form of creative installations that reflect consciousness of plastic consumption, behaviour steering towards ideal sustainability, and up-cycling for aesthetic practicalities, potentially creating a model for other islands and island states to emulate.

Working in groups, each team will devise a component of the final exhibition at the Ionian Centre for Arts and Culture that will take place on the last day of this 2-week intensive. All work will be designed so as to integrate with the other interdisciplinary teams to form a unique public event that indicates alternatives for existing plastic forms on Kefalonia and beyond.

Lectures will take place each morning at the Ionion Centre and discussions will be developed during fieldwork explorations on the island. Verbal feedback will be given at the time of presentations and then formally graded on ReView.

Content (topics)

  • Awareness of plastic use on the island,
  • Behaviour steering to best possible practice,
  • Up-cycling for practical aesthetic outcomes,
  • How design works as an agent of change.


Assessment task 1: Interim Individual Presentation


Each member of the group chooses a different aspect of their proposal; e.g. concept, material construction, graphic composition, business case, behaviour steering component, and so on, so that all components form a full overview of the proposed project.


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

2, 3, 4 and 5

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 35%
  • Significance of concept – the ability to feasibly engage the local conditions
  • Creativity of design ideas – demonstrating understanding of past practice for the sake of new innovation in sustainable outcomes.
  • Quality of Presentation – engaging the audience.

Assessment task 2: Group Design Project


Devise an installation for the final exhibition that will take place at the Ionian Centre for Arts and Culture. Your installation together with the other 3 groups will become a unique public event that indicates alternatives for existing plastic forms on the island of Kefalonia and beyond.


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8

Type: Design/drawing/plan/sketch
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 65%
  • Planning and Management of Group Process
  • Quality and creativity of design ideas - feasibility of project being activated by local business or government
  • Quality of Presentation – as exemplified by the installation in the final public exhibition.