Art with Heart: Open Canvas

Walking to work one morning, Daniel Rath saw a homeless man painting. Interested in his work, he struck up a conversation with the man about his art and life. That brief encounter inspired Rath to establish Open Canvas, a social enterprise that empowers artists who've experienced homelessness, a disability, or other adversity to exhibit and sell their artwork and art-related merchandise.

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Arts, HealthLisa Cugnetto
CRISPR/Cas9: Transhumanism and Designing the Living

Ollie Cotsaftis, founder and design director of the future ensemble, sessional academic at RMIT Architecture and Design, artist and Doctor of Genetics (PhD) talks us through the world of CRISPR and its potential usage for the future of both healthcare and design.Ollie Cotsaftis, founder and design director of the future ensemble, sessional academic at RMIT Architecture and Design, artist and Doctor of Genetics (PhD) talks us through the world of CRISPR and its potential usage for the future of both healthcare and design.

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Design, HealthNikki Stefanoff
Lucy McRae: Body Architect

Lucy McRae is fascinated about the relationship between humans and technology and through her art, filmmaking and work with institutions like NASA and MIT explores how science is slowly reconstructing our body and what that means for our future existence. 

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Indigenous Design for the New World

As technology continues to push us ever forward, it’s easy to forget that past journeys of discovery were once slower and without answers – asking questions was all part of the process. Angie Abdilla is a Trawlwoolway woman and founder and CEO of Old Ways, New, a research and technology design consultancy, who thinks this old way of doing things can be used to develop new technology. 

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Design, TechnologyNikki Stefanoff
Within Formal Cities

When we think of a city’s architecture, often we think about the tall buildings packed along a tight grid system rather than the vast network of informal/illegal housing developments that dot the fringes of developing urban landscapes. But in South America these informal shantytowns, known as favelas, are becoming the source for a new wave of architectural innovation.

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Gwen Gordan: The Future of Work is…play

Gwen Gordon is an Emmy award winning Creative Director who started her career building Muppets for Sesame Street. She’s gone on to build furry computers for kids at MIT and been San Quentin Prison’s artist-in-residence. Passionate about the power of play, we chatted with Gwen about her career and just how she persuaded even the most powerful corporations to get playful. 

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Monash: Muscular Dystrophy

For the last two years Monash University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering has worked with Muscular Dystrophy Australia to 3D print Christmas ornaments designed by children suffering from the disease. This year’s selection has just launched, with all profits going straight to Muscular Dystrophy Australia.

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