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Design, Impact Mathew Bate
Women In Design That WORKAROUND

Defined as a method for overcoming a problem or limitation in a program or system, the term ‘workaround’ generally implies action taken to effect change. But for the curators behind the new WORKAROUND - Women Design Action exhibition at RMIT Design Hub, the practice of a workaround is much more; it is the advocacy and activism tactics of a burgeoning movement of women within the fields of architecture and design.

Words by Melia Rayner

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Environment, Design Mathew Bate
Garments For The Grave

Death. It’s a sensitive topic that often gets locked inside a box and buried underground. Dr. Pia Interlandi’s practice, ‘Garments For The Grave’, uses clothing as a tool to lift the taboo surrounding death. The designer works with terminally ill and dying clients to create biodegradable clothing which they are laid to rest in.

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Design, Business Lisa Cugnetto
Don't Sell Me Gender

The future is not female. The near future, yes. But ultimately, we hope, the future is gender parity - an equitable existence amongst all people. Social movements that strive for gender equality and female empowerment are crucial to achieving this. But there’s another piece to the parity puzzle that has the power to effect massive social change. It’s advertising.

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Food, Design Nikki Stefanoff
Anna Glansén: The Future of Biodegradable Food Packaging

Food has become the new frontier for the convergence between emerging technology and sustainability. For Anna Glansén, one half of Swedish design studio Tomorrow Machine, this means innovating new ways to present and package food. From a smoothie container made from seaweed to a self cleaning bowl made with nothing but cellulose, Anna is pioneering the future of sustainable food packaging.

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Design, Health Nikki Stefanoff
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, Technology Nikki Stefanoff
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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Arts, Design Nikki Stefanoff
100 Story Building: Early Harvest

Nestled behind the doors of an ordinary building in the heart of Footscray sits a world of wonder. Think a trap door leading to 99 levels below ground, secret bookshelves, a time machine and an eager gaggle of volunteers waiting to support and engage children in all things literacy.  All that’s required is that you leave reality at the door. 

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