University of Technology Sydney

89153 Design for Change: Retail Futures

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 12 cp
Result type: Grade and marks


Led by the UTS interdisciplinary Designing Out Crime research centre, the focus of the subjects in this three session studio is on creating vibrant, safe, sustainable and profitable retail environments. Students work on real projects, often in teams and always supported by experts in the fields of socially responsive design, environmental design, crime prevention, and retail planning.

Throughout the studios students work with industry partners such as retailers, supermarkets, shopping centres, industry bodies and law enforcement agencies.

In this final subject of the studio, students utilise the expertise that they have developed in the previous two subjects of the studio. This expertise informs an exploration into future retail concepts and their capacity to embody the virtual and/or physical requirements that ensure positive retail experiences.

Additional information about the Designing Out Crime research centre can be found at:

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. Utilise existing and test new skills in collaborating with real and/or projected clients to explore, design and develop solutions that create better future retail environments with less crime.
2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of design research, crime statistics and offender modus operandi in a variety of future retail environments.
3. Further develop knowledge and experience in using the exploration of frames, themes and paradoxes in a problem context to develop new understanding and solutions to future crime problems.
4. Develop advanced skills and advanced understandings in the communication of design concepts to clients that includes a narrative of how the proposed design concepts respond to the issues in the design brief with the inclusion of time-related considerations.

Teaching and learning strategies

Face-to-face classes with lectures, visiting experts, client briefings, site visits, and workshops as well as individual and group work. Students will be required to drive their own project work in consultation with the studio leaders. In this final semester students can elect to contribute to an academic journal article as a component of their assessment.

Content (topics)

Students will utilise their experience from past semesters in this studio to explore future retail possibilities. With stakeholders and tutors, students will investigate future trends initially as a group, then developing their own conceptual proposals. In keeping with the studios objectives students will explore widely how their understanding of current design problems can be used to develop future design concepts that address a brief that they have been given and promote vibrant, safe, sustainable and profitable retail environments. Students are encouraged to develop their projects for presentation and potential inclusion in an academic publication.

Minimum requirements

Active participation in group work, and other studio activities. Successful completion of assessment tasks.

Required texts

Clarke, R., & Newman, G. (2005). Designing Out Crime from Products and Systems: Crime Prevention Studies, Vol. 18: Monsey (New York): Criminal Justice Press.

Dorst, K. (2006). Design problems and design paradoxes. Design issues, 22(3), 4-17.

Gamman, L. and Hughes, B. (2003). ‘“Thinking thief”: Designing out misuse; abuse and “criminal” aesthetics’. Ingenia Journal, 15(February), 36–43.

Recommended texts

Camacho Duarte, O., Lulham, R., Kaldor, L. Olga (accepted for publication) Co-designing Out Crime, CoDesign - International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts

Kimiecik, R. C. (1995). Loss prevention guide for retail businesses (Vol. 25): John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Lulham, R., Camacho Duarte, O., Dorst, K., Kaldor, L. (in press 2012) Designing a counterterrorism
bin In P.Ekblom (Ed) From Research to Realisation: Designing out crime from products. Crime
Prevention Studies (27). Boulder.: Lynne Rienner.

Norman, D. A. (2004). Emotional design: Why we love (or hate) everyday things: Basic Civitas Books.

Sennewald, C. A., & Christman, J. H. (2008). Retail crime, security, and loss prevention: an encyclopedic reference: Butterworth-Heinemann.