Designing our Composite Futures
Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)
Sydney , NSW
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
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Light refreshments will be served
This session brings together speakers to discuss the design of our composite futures. Together they will explore the design potential of High Performance Composites (HPC) in products for ageing, sporting, health and disabled.
It is inevitable that HPC will increasingly overtake traditional materials in design. High performance sports already use them in both able and disabled events and the product cascade effect ensures other areas will follow suit. There is a powerful aesthetic precedent in Formula 1 where HPCs have led the demand for the appearance of, (if not always the actuality) HPC in the domestic motor industry. A paradigm shift in manufacturing is on our doorstep and design practice and education must be prepared for this new challenge.
What does this mean for our design futures?
The Industrial Design research team at the University of Canberra has recently completed projects in collaboration with the AIS and the Olympic Winter Institute, highlighting the use and application of HPC to the design of sporting equipment used by athletes in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, in particular in the Skeleton and Bordercross events.
Drawing on these experiences, this session explores the challenges associated with designing our composite futures. Our speakers will showcase works to date and reflect on the potential of HPC to deliver high-quality, future products which exploring the knowledge and skills which designers will require to meet the changing needs of Australia’s industries.
This session will be of interest to those committed to the future of Australian design and manufacturing.
When & Where
The Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra