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.