Digital Infrastructures

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About Digitally Enabled Infrastructures

Digital Infrastructures targeted how best to integrate interactive technologies with public services to enhance residents’ lives. Masters students from RMIT focused their research on Victoria Harbour and prototyped technology-driven design proposals for public environments within the precinct.


The Digital Futures team at Aurecon ran the Datascapes seminar, assisting students in mapping Victoria Harbour to better understand climate conditions within the precinct. In their final short films, students exhibited unique approaches in the collection, analysis and visualisation of micro-climate data.


The Exchange continued its free public lecture series with A Smart City Approach for Melbourne with Bonnie Shaw and Jordi McInerney from City of Melbourne’s Smart City Office. Bonnie and Jordi spoke about how the City of Melbourne’s Smart City Approach connects people, place and technology for the benefit of all.


As part of Melbourne Knowledge Week, the Sensor[ed] exhibition uncovered possibilities for digital infrastructures in Melbourne. Developed by RMIT Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Design Innovation and Technology students, Sensor[ed] showcased a wide range of design proposals for Melbourne, from large urban scale infrastructure to smaller personal interactive devices. Exhibited projects responded to the following questions: 

How can we bring quantified data out of the digital realm and into everyday experience?

What are the possibilities to use data in creative and socially driven ways?

What are the challenges and opportunities that these technologies afford to the design of the public realm and hence for enabling (re)formulations of the social?


The Exchange in collaboration with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) presented How the weather feels, a free public lecture by Bruce Ramus, creator of Melbourne’s weather-reactive light installation, Light House: 888 Collins Street. 

Tapping into our collective weather watching obsession, Light House: 888 Collins Street is the first work to respond to the weather in real-time. Commissioned by Lendlease in 2016, the installation features towering lines of LED lights that cleverly sync to create a luminous façade, responding to rainfall, cloud-cover, wind speed and temperature.

Bruce Ramus shared the process behind the work and how it is not just a spectacle, but an inviting experience that uses light to connect people with their environment. Ramus Illumination present a new urban art form, offering an integrated canvas that reflects the environment, invokes public engagement and progresses the development of a visually articulate civic voice.


 

Activities

  • Datascapes: Short Film Night

    Access to data is essential for generating urban plans for rapidly developing cities and precincts such as Victoria Harbour, however it is often challenging to acquire.

    This is because the data either does not exist or is tightly controlled by the public / private sector. However, data does exist—we just need the right methods to capture it.

    The Digital Futures team at Aurecon ran the Datascapes seminar, assisting students to map Victoria Harbour to better understand climate conditions within the precinct. In their final short films, students exhibited unique approaches in the collection, analysis and visualisation of micro-climate data. 

  • nex{t} exhibition

    The nex{t} exhibition showcased future driven design proposals for Victoria Harbour by RMIT Master of Design Innovation and Technology Major Projects students.

    The exhibition ran from November 10 - 17, 2017.

  • A Smart City Approach for Melbourne

    The Exchange at Knowledge Market’s free public lecture series continues with Bonnie Shaw and Jordi McInerney from City of Melbourne’s Smart City Office.

  • How the weather feels

    The Exchange in collaboration with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) presents ‘How the weather feels’, a free public lecture by Bruce Ramus, creator of Melbourne’s weather-reactive light installation, Light House: 888 Collins Street

  • Sensor[ed] exhibition

    The Exchange at Knowledge Market presents Sensor[ed], an exhibition uncovering possibilities for digital infrastructures in Melbourne.

  • nex{t} exhibition

    The nex{t} exhibition features work developed by students of RMIT University Master of Design Innovation and Technology program. 

  • nex{t} exhibition

    Join us for nex{t}, an exhibition showcasing work developed by students of RMIT University Master of Design Innovation and Technology program.

     

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