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Stephen Loo

Professor of Architecture, Director Creative Exchange Institute

Room IC202, Architecture Building, Inveresk Campus

+61 3 6324 4475 (phone)

+61 3 6324 4477 (fax)

Stephen.Loo@utas.edu.au

We could learn a lot from insects. Take a fly for example. Their composite eye allows them to see the surrounding environment as thousands of images. Humans, on the other hand, tend to pay attention to only the single clear image in front of them and take for granted anything in the periphery.

Exploring the power of the periphery

Attending to the periphery, according to Professor Stephen Loo, could help us to solve some of the problems of the world in new and innovative ways.

'There is a kind of thinking that sits on the outer edges of our consciousness. We take in minute perceptions of the world all the time, but we do not register or attend to them. We're inclined to discount them as being worthwhile for consideration. We rarely think about instinctive reactions¬¬–our gut instincts for example–that may be responding to these perceptions,' said Professor Loo.

Professor Loo's field of research spans multiple disciplines in both humanities and science, including architecture, ethical philosophy, performance, computing, design and entomology, which is the scientific study of insects. Like the fly's eye, he is taking in multiple ideas and exploring new ways of solving problems, and more importantly, asking questions.

'We always focus on what we see clearest and understand most fully. Things that we only partially understand, or our hunches, are not considered legitimate evidence for knowledge. But we weren't always this way,' Professor Loo said.

'Children explore life through their imaginations and instinctual reactions. But as we grow, we learn to focus on facts and certainty to make sense of the complex world that we live in.'

Professor Loo is Director of the Creative Exchange Institute (CxI) and the soon-to-be constructed Academy of Creative Industries and Performing Arts.

CxI is focused on uncovering the benefits of interdisciplinary research, radically putting disciplines together to create unanticipated synergies.

'There are many problems that cannot be solved by individual disciplines. To face the grand challenges of our contemporary world, we need new methodologies for thinking, and new attitudes to knowing,' said Professor Loo.

'There is evidence that our instincts influence behaviour and thinking. The performing arts can allow us to consider the power of instincts in affecting action, decision-making and problem definition. Such 'performative' engagement, with both scientific data and philosophical concepts, may give us a new platform for thinking.'

Professor Loo says that the arts allow us to pay attention to things that we have forgotten. They provide frameworks to interpret things in a childlike way–embracing instinct and imagination and recognising them as important parts of thinking towards new models of human consciousness.

The benefits of thinking outside the square, borrowing ideas from other disciplines, combining ideas from more than one discipline and engaging the imagination, are all around us.

The health industry has gained from embracing technology through activity trackers. The experience and entertainment economies are driven by a need to fulfill imaginative desires. Reputation capital in business is created by goodwill, and the best returns in enterprise are in the fringe areas with the highest risk.

'Narrow definitions and focus restrict potential. By shifting our normative thinking away from safe places, by breaking down barriers, and strategically embracing contingency and indeterminacy, we may find new ways to solve the problems of the world, or at least start asking more resilient questions.'

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Fields of Research

  • Architectural Design (120101)
  • Architectural History and Theory (120103)
  • Ethical Theory (220305)
  • Performance and Installation Art (190504)
  • Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
  • Architecture (120199)
  • Art Criticism (190101)
  • Landscape Architecture (120107)
  • Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design) (120104)
  • Design History and Theory (120301)
  • Mental Health (111714)
  • Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment (160801)
  • Applied Ethics (220199)
  • Cultural Theory (200204)
  • Design Innovation (120302)
  • Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
  • Library and Information Studies (080799)
  • Aesthetics (220301)
  • Urban Policy (160514)
  • Phenomenology (220310)
  • Built Environment and Design (129999)
  • Regional Analysis and Development (120505)
  • Social Policy (160512)
  • Mental Health Nursing (111005)
  • Landscape Ecology (050104)
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)
  • Art Theory (190103)
  • Macroeconomic Theory (140102)
  • Environmental Engineering Modelling (090702)
  • Tourism (150699)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design (970112)
  • Environmental Ethics (950403)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies (970122)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing (970119)
  • The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance) (950105)
  • Pedagogy (930201)
  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences (970105)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Cultural Understanding (959999)
  • Mental Health (920410)
  • Education and Training (939999)
  • Community Service (excl. Work) (940199)
  • Construction Design (870299)
  • Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions (930401)
  • Mental Health Services (920209)
  • Urban Planning (870105)
  • Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts) (960307)
  • Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960802)
  • Carer Health (920202)
  • Ability and Disability (940101)
  • Sustainability Indicators (960609)
  • Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability (960311)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments (960503)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services (970115)
  • Communication Across Languages and Culture (950201)

Publications

Total publications

69

Highlighted publications

(11 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2016Chapter in BookLoo S, Sellbach U, 'Mistress O and the bees: biopolitics and the performance of a makeshift poetics', Poetic Biopolitics: Practices of Relation in Architecture and the Arts, I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd, P Rawes, S Loo & T Mathews (ed), London, pp. 81-104. ISBN 9781780769127 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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2016BookRawes P, Loo S, Mathews T, 'Poetic Biopolitics: Practices of Relation in Architecture and the Arts', I.B. Taurus and Co., Ltd., London, pp. 352. ISBN 9781780769127 (2016) [Edited Book]

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2015Chapter in BookSellbach U, Loo S, 'Insects and other minute perceptions in the Baroque House', Deleuze and the Non/Human, Palgrave MacMillan, J Roffe, H Stark (ed), New York, USA, pp. 103-121. ISBN 9781137453686 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Sellbach U

2013BookFrichot H, Loo S, 'Deleuze and Architecture', Edinburgh University Press, United Kingdom, pp. 232. ISBN 978 0 7486 7465 7 (2013) [Edited Book]

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2013Chapter in BookLoo S, 'Abstract Care', Deleuze and Architecture, Edinburgh University Press, Helene Frichot and Stephen Loo (ed), Edinburgh UK, pp. 245-261. ISBN 9780748674657 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013Journal ArticleLoo S, Sellbach U, 'A picture book of invisible worlds: semblances of insects and humans in Jakob von Uexküll's laboratory', Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities, 18, (1) pp. 45-64. ISSN 0969-725X (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/0969725X.2013.783441 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Sellbach U

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2013Journal ArticleLoo S, Sellbach U, 'Eating (with) insects: insect gastronomies and upside-down ethics', Parallax, 19, (1) pp. 12-28. ISSN 1460-700X (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13534645.2013.743290 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Sellbach U

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2012Journal ArticleLoo S, 'Emergent molarities: resistances on the molecular plane of biology and digital architecture', Architectural Theory Review, 17, (1) pp. 60-75. ISSN 1326-4826 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13264826.2012.667869 [eCite] [Details]

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2012Chapter in BookLoo S, 'Design-ing ethics', Design and Ethics: Reflection on Practice, Routledge, E Felton, O Zelenko, S Vaughan (ed), New York, USA, pp. 10-19. ISBN 978-0-415-68812-3 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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2011Chapter in BookLoo S, 'The (Not So) Smooth Flow Between Architecture and Life', Architecture in The Space of Flows, Routledge, A Ballantyne and CL Smith (ed), Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4RN UK, pp. 199-214. ISBN 9780415585422 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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2007Chapter in BookLoo S, 'Responding by Mimicry, or Three Frames Towards Becoming a Visual Animal', Visual Animals: Crossovers, Evolution and New Aesthetics, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Ian North (ed), South Australia, pp. 161-189. ISBN 978-1-875751-31-0 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]

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Journal Article

(23 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Loo S, Sellbach U, 'Insect affects: the big and small of the entomological imagination in childhood', Angelaki, 20, (3) pp. 79-88. ISSN 0969-725X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/0969725X.2015.1065125 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Sellbach U

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2013Loo S, Sellbach U, 'A picture book of invisible worlds: semblances of insects and humans in Jakob von Uexküll's laboratory', Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities, 18, (1) pp. 45-64. ISSN 0969-725X (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/0969725X.2013.783441 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Sellbach U

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2013Loo S, Sellbach U, 'Eating (with) insects: insect gastronomies and upside-down ethics', Parallax, 19, (1) pp. 12-28. ISSN 1460-700X (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13534645.2013.743290 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Sellbach U

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2013Duff Cameron, Jacobs K, Loo S, Murray S, 'The role of informal community resources in supporting stable housing for young people recovering from mental illness: key issues for housing policy-makers and practitioners', AHURI Final Report Series, 199, (1) pp. 1-92. ISSN 1834-7223 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Jacobs K

2012Loo S, 'Emergent molarities: resistances on the molecular plane of biology and digital architecture', Architectural Theory Review, 17, (1) pp. 60-75. ISSN 1326-4826 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13264826.2012.667869 [eCite] [Details]

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2012Loo S, 'Introduction: Technics, memory and the architecture of history', Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, 13 pp. 4-9. ISSN 1170-585X (2012) [Refereed Article]

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2012Loo S, Malpas J, 'Interstices 13: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts' ISSN 1170-585X (2012) [Edited Journal]

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Co-authors: Malpas J

2011Duff C, Murray S, Alic N, Loo S, Jacobs K, 'The role of informal community resources in supporting independent housing for young people recovering from mental illness', AHURI Positioning Paper, Online, (144) pp. 1-57. ISSN 1834-9250 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Jacobs K

2011Loo S, 'the business of being a university', Architecture Bulletin, Learning Curves, Nov - Dec 2011 pp. 8-9. ISSN 0813-748X (2011) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2010Loo S, 'School of fine Furniture ', Architecture Australia , 99, (3 May-June 2010) pp. 80-84. ISSN 0003-8725 (2010) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2010Loo S, 'Summoning Daena: drawing the parallel', Interstices: A Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, 11 pp. 40-48. ISSN 1170-585X (2010) [Refereed Article]

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2010Loo S, Hinds MJ, 'A Weekend Away: Tasmanian Architectural Narratives Weekend', Architecture Australia , 99, (4 July-August 2010) pp. 15-16. ISSN 0003-8725 (2010) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Hinds MJ

2009Loo S, Gibson R, 'The Given (Interior) World', IDEA, Journal of the Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association , 2009 pp. 72-83. ISSN 1445-5412 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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2008Loo S, 'Aldo Iacobelli: From time to time we talk to the moon', Artlink: Australian Contemporary Art Quarterly, 28, (1) pp. 90. ISSN 0727-1239 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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2007Loo S, 'Bringing art, research and people together, Anne and Gordon Museum of Art, University of South Australia', Artlink: Australian Contemporary Art Quarterly, 7, (3) pp. 72-73. ISSN 0727-1239 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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2007Loo S, 'Cinematic Multitude, Indeterminate Urbanism', Kerb: RMIT Journal of Landscape Architecture , 2007, (15) pp. 60-65. ISSN 1324-8049 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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2007Walker LM, Loo S, 'And the Open Bridge: Labour, Enchantment, There Forever', Interstices: Journal of Architecture & Related Arts, 8 pp. 62-75. ISSN 1170-585X (2007) [Refereed Article]

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2006Comber B, Nixon H, Ashmore L, Loo S, Cook J, 'Urban Renewal from the Inside Out: Spatial and Critical Literacies in a Low Socioeconomic School Community ', Mind, Culture and Activity , 13, (3) pp. 228-246. ISSN 1074-9039 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1207/s15327884mca1303-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 27

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2005Loo S, 'The Dance of the Terrace and the Confidence of a City: North Terrace Redevelopment Stage 1 ', Place (official journal of the SA Chapter of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects) , 1, (4) pp. 26-27. ISSN 1832-5882 (2005) [Non Refereed Article]

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2005Loo S, 'Other Small Ecologies: Troppo Architects, Adelaide Affordable Eco-Housing Competition ', Architecture Australia (official national journal of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects), 94, (1) pp. 25-26, 28. ISSN 0003-8725 (2005) [Non Refereed Article]

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2005Loo S, 'The anxiety of relations: risk in Heidegger's experience with language for architecture and philosophy', The International Journal of the Humanities , 3, (6) pp. 51-58. ISSN 1447-9508 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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2003Loo S, 'Introduction: Reviewing Architectural Theory ', Architectural Theory Review, 8, (2) pp. 1-240. ISSN 1326-4826 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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2001Loo S, 'Belonging and Time: Technology, Heidegger's 'Event of Appropriation,' and New Dutch Architecture ', Architectural Theory Review, 6, (2) pp. 40-55. ISSN 1326-4826 (2001) [Refereed Article]

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Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Rawes P, Loo S, Mathews T, 'Poetic Biopolitics: Practices of Relation in Architecture and the Arts', I.B. Taurus and Co., Ltd., London, pp. 352. ISBN 9781780769127 (2016) [Edited Book]

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2013Frichot H, Loo S, 'Deleuze and Architecture', Edinburgh University Press, United Kingdom, pp. 232. ISBN 978 0 7486 7465 7 (2013) [Edited Book]

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Chapter in Book

(10 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Loo S, 'Flows at the limits of colonial Tasman historiography', Global Entrepreneurship and the South Pacific: Reframing Australian Colonial Architecture 1800-1850, Melbourne and Launceston: GESP Network, S King, H Edquist (ed), Australia, pp. 28-31. ISBN 9781922016355 (2016) [Other Book Chapter]

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2016Loo S, Sellbach U, 'Mistress O and the bees: biopolitics and the performance of a makeshift poetics', Poetic Biopolitics: Practices of Relation in Architecture and the Arts, I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd, P Rawes, S Loo & T Mathews (ed), London, pp. 81-104. ISBN 9781780769127 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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2015Loo S, 'De-signing as bio-technological endosymbiosis', De-signing Design: Cartographies of Theory and Practice, Lexington Books, E Grierson, H Edquist, H Frichot (ed), London, United Kingdom, pp. 163-177. ISBN 9780739179123 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2015Sellbach U, Loo S, 'Insects and other minute perceptions in the Baroque House', Deleuze and the Non/Human, Palgrave MacMillan, J Roffe, H Stark (ed), New York, USA, pp. 103-121. ISBN 9781137453686 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Sellbach U

2013Frichot H, Loo S, 'The Exhaustive and the Exhausted - Deleuze AND Architecture', Deleuze and Architecture, Edinburgh University Press, Helene Frichot and Stephen Loo (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 1-11. ISBN 9780748674657 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013Loo S, 'Abstract Care', Deleuze and Architecture, Edinburgh University Press, Helene Frichot and Stephen Loo (ed), Edinburgh UK, pp. 245-261. ISBN 9780748674657 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2012Loo S, 'Design-ing ethics', Design and Ethics: Reflection on Practice, Routledge, E Felton, O Zelenko, S Vaughan (ed), New York, USA, pp. 10-19. ISBN 978-0-415-68812-3 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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2011Loo S, 'The (Not So) Smooth Flow Between Architecture and Life', Architecture in The Space of Flows, Routledge, A Ballantyne and CL Smith (ed), Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4RN UK, pp. 199-214. ISBN 9780415585422 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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2007Loo S, 'Responding by Mimicry, or Three Frames Towards Becoming a Visual Animal', Visual Animals: Crossovers, Evolution and New Aesthetics, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Ian North (ed), South Australia, pp. 161-189. ISBN 978-1-875751-31-0 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]

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2004Loo S, 'Choose Technology, Choose Economics: The Ethico-Aesthetic Obligation of the Arts and Humanities ', Innovation and Tradition: Arts, Humanities and the Knowledge Economy , Peter Lang Publishing, Inc, Kate Leeson (ed), New York, pp. 58-70. ISBN 0-8204-7140-2 (2004) [Research Book Chapter]

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Review

(8 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2008Loo S, 'Irigaray for Architects', Architectural Theory Review, 13, (1) pp. 119-122. (2008) [Review Single Work]

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2006Loo S, 'Possible words: The Architecture of the Imagination, Architecture Symposium', Architecture Review Australia , 096, (March 2006) pp. 32-34. (2006) [Review Single Work]

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2005Loo S, 'Multi-Function Citizenship: Mawson Centre and Garth Bloomer Building, UniSA, Russell & Yelland and Guida Moseley Brown Architects ', InDesign , 23, (23) pp. 184-191. (2005) [Review Single Work]

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2005Loo S, 'AnUneven Social Topography: State Library of South Australia, Guida Moseley Brown and Hassekk Architects ', InDesign, 20, (6) pp. 164-173. (2005) [Review Single Work]

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2004Loo S, 'Educational Grid: Kurrajong Precinct Pultney Grammar School', Monument , 60, (60) pp. 84-88. (2004) [Review Single Work]

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2004Loo S, 'A State of Small Architectures ', The Adelaide Review , July 2004, (July 2004 ) pp. 24-25. (2004) [Review Single Work]

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2004Loo S, 'Extra Ordinary: Sarah Wigglesworth, Architect, London ', Monument , 2004, (60) pp. 18-19. (2004) [Review Single Work]

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2004Loo S, 'Exquisite Pragmatism: Scholz Vinall ', InDesign , 2004, (17) pp. 32. (2004) [Review Single Work]

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Conference Publication

(23 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Loo S, Hornblow M, 'How to un-perform design and un-design performance', Design and Performance Workshop: An Experimental Workshop at The American University of Paris, 04 July, Paris, France (2016) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Hornblow M

2014Shield R, Loo S, 'Contemporary Aboriginal art and the cultural landscapes of urban Australia', Proceedings of the 12th Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference, 2-5 February 2014, Wellington, New Zealand, pp. 759-770. ISBN 978-0-475-12413-5 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2014Bones V, Loo S, 'Sound interpretation - acoustic ecologies and urban history', Proceedings of the 12th Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference, 2-5 February 2014, Wellington, New Zealand, pp. 31-46. ISBN 978-0-475-12413-5 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2012King SA, Chatterjee A, Loo S, '29th SAHANZ Conference 2012 Conference Proceedings', Society of Architectural Historians, 5th - 8th July 2012, Launceston, pp. 1294. ISBN 978-1-86295-658-2 (2012) [Conference Edited]

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Co-authors: King SA; Chatterjee A

2011Van den Berg K, Loo S, King S, 'The 'Fusion of Horizon's': affect and the learning subject in architectural history and theory', Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, 18-21 September 2011, Geelong, Australia, pp. 407-417. ISBN 9780958192552 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Van den Berg K; King S

2009Booth PC, Loo S, 'Beyond Equilibrium', Sustainable Theory: Theorizing sustainability, 04/09/09 - 05/09/09, Wellington, New Zealand, pp. 1-11. ISBN 978-0-475-12346-6 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Booth PC

2009Loo S, 'Digital phenomenology and post-humanist ethics in architecture ', Architecture and Phenomenology, 26-29 June 2009, Kyoto, Japan , pp. 50. (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009Loo S, 'The Transverse Face: Architecture X Culture', Cultural Crossroads: SAHANZ 2009, 2-5 July 2009, Auckland, NZ, pp. 39. ISBN 978-0-473-15065-5 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009Loo S, Nolan G, Sequeira SA, 'Performative Ecologies in the Built Environment: Sustainability Research Across Disciplines ', School of Architecture & Design, TAS , 25-27 November 2009 , Launceston, TAS , pp. 1-58. ISBN 978-1-86295-547-9 (2009) [Conference Edited]

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Co-authors: Nolan G; Sequeira SA

2009Van den Berg KA, Loo S, 'Sustaining pedagogy in history and theory of design', Sustainable Theory: Theorizing sustainability, 04/09/09 - 05/09/09, Wellington, New Zealand, pp. 1-11. ISBN 978-0-475-12346-6 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Van den Berg KA

2008Loo S, 'The end of a metaphor and the collapse of the thinking subject', Building Designing Thinking: 3rd International Alvar Aalto Meeting of Modern Architecture, 30 - 31 August 2008, Jyvaskyla, Finland, pp. 69-74. ISBN 978-952-5371-42-0 (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2008Loo S, Potter E, 'Ecology and the Poetics of Brine', alpha alpha alpha november zulu, 4-6 December 2008, Brisbane, pp. 73. ISBN 978-1-921291-53-1 (2008) [Conference Extract]

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2007Loo S, 'Biological Life: The Pedagogy of an Architectural Concept', Techniques and Technologies, Transfers and Transformations, 27-29 September 2007, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 144-149. ISBN 978-0-9802840-4-1 (2007) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2007Loo S, Bartsch K, 'Panorama to Paradise: Scopic Regimes in Architecture and Urban History and Theory', Panorama to paradise: Scopic Regimes in Architectural and Urban History and Theory, 21-24 September 2007, Adelaide, pp. 77 pages plus CD rom. ISBN 1-920927-55-7 (2007) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2007Loo S, 'Strangely Familiar (working title) ', Strangely Familiar (working title) , 8/5/2007 - 1/6/2007, SASA Gallery Adelaide , pp. 21. ISBN 978-0-9803062-3-1 (2007) [Conference Extract]

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2006Loo S, 'Contesting Design in the General Terrain of Contemporary Public Space', Contested Terrains (SAHANZ 2006) , 29 September - 2 October 2006 , Fremantle, WA, pp. 309-315. ISBN 0-646-46594-5 (2006) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2005Loo S, 'Cinematic Sustainability: Film, Architecture and Ecological Production ', Fabricating Sustainability , 17-19 November 2005, Wellington, New Zealand , pp. CD rom . ISBN 0-473-10669-8 (2005) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2005Loo S, 'The Professional Life: the Educable Body on the Convergence of Film and Architecture ', Drawing Together: Convergent Practices in Architectural Education , 28-30 September 2005, Brisbane, QLD, pp. 1-10 Web proceedings. ISBN 1864998415 (2005) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2003Loo S, 'Governing Architecture: Theory, Technology, and the Rise of Architectural Science Discourse in Australia 1953-1965', The Diversity of Architectural Science, 1-4 November 2003, Sydney NSW, pp. 404-411. ISBN 1864871326 (2003) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2002Loo S, 'Dutch Courage, Asian Know How: East-West Theoretical Crossings in Contemporary Urban Studies ', Southern Crossings: Whaka whitiwhiti au Tonga, 13-16 February 2002, Auckland, NZ, pp. 391-404. ISBN 0-473-08346-9 (2002) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2002Loo S, 'Wild Invention, Urban Belonging: Wilderness as Proposition in the City ', Wild Cities/Urban Wilderness , 1-3 March, Launceston, TAS , pp. 51-60. ISBN 0 85901 992 6 (2002) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2002Loo S, 'Koolhaas's Generic and Melancholic Indeterminacy ', Additions to Architectural History , 4-7 October 2002, Brisbane, QLD, pp. 1-14, CD rom . ISBN 1864996471 (2002) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2002Loo S, 'Languaging: Digital Diagrams and the 'Show and Tell' of Design ', The Modern Practice of Architectural Science: From Pedagogy to Andragogy , 1-4 November 2002, Geelong, VIC, pp. 277-284. (2002) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Major Creative Work

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Loo S, 'Having not felt like eating, but eaten, I sat down to eat / tea ', Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania, Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania (2016) [Published Creative Work]

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2012Loo S, 'Small Protests Against Forgetting', School of Visual and Performing Arts, Academy Gallery, School of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Tasmania (2012) [Curated Exhibition]

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2009Loo S, Yuen M, 'k2-02', South Australian School of Art, University of SA, SASA - Adelaide (2009) [Curated Exhibition]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

4

Total funding

$626,305

Projects

The Deeper Meaning of Embodiment for Knowledge Creation at UTAS (2016)$6,978
Description
Along with colleagues from across the disciplinary spectrum we want to develop a sound understanding of:1. The different meanings and manifestations of embodiment within different disciplines2. How being embodied affects the way we do research (e.g., being in a place vs communication over a distance; conducting research in harsh environments)3. How embodiment helps us understand links between our research and the subject matters that we look at (e.g., understanding music or literature as both abstract concepts and embodied experiences of 'doing'; 'doing' maths being grounded in embodiment (eg Lakoff and Nunez 2000) as is aesthetics applied when evaluating a proof.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($6,978)
Scheme
Grant-Cross-Disciplinary Incentive
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lueg C; Philpott CJ; Harman KE; Wong TL; Kratz SJ; Loo S
Year
2016
Design and Architecture Practice Research: Contemporary PhD (DAP_r) (2016 - 2017)$496,803
Description
To mobilise the adoption of a practice approach to doctoral training, and enable Australian universities to: explore its applicability to their contexts; adopt this proven approach to doctoral training through the establishment of an open supervisory network; develop allied support resources, achieve substantial engagement of small and medium enterprises in doctoral training and capitalise on nascent pedagogical scholarship.
Funding
Office for Learning & Teaching ($496,803)
Scheme
Grant-Innovation and Development Grants Program
Administered By
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University
Research Team
Loo S; Wise CJE
Period
2016 - 2017
Developing cross-disciplinary Performance Capture capacity and expertise through Cultural Heritage initiatives and international networks (2015)$7,000
Description
THis project funds two tasks. The first is a motion capture session at the Deakin Motion Lab in Melbourne with Bell Shakespeare Company. The second task will fund travel costs for Matt Delbridge and Steve Loo to engage with the Devising Games network at the City University in Hong Kong to include a MoCap session that Delbridge will delivery for the Hong Kong Martial Arts Living Archive (HKMALA) project in the Run Run Shaw Media Centre in the School of Creative Media.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($7,000)
Scheme
Grant-Cross-Disciplinary Incentive
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Delbridge MJ; Loo S
Year
2015
The Role of Informal Community Resources in Supporting Independent Housing for Young People Recovering from Mental Illness: A Guide for Housing Policy Makers and Practitioners (2011 - 2012)$115,524
Funding
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute ($115,524)
Scheme
Grant-Research Project
Administered By
Monash University
Research Team
Duff C; Murray S; Sugden C; Loo S; Jacobs KA
Period
2011 - 2012

Research Supervision

Current

6

Completed

3

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDInstruction and Divergence: Mapping systems of emerging methodology2012
PhDChanging Paradigms of Contemporary Consumption: Sustainability, Adaptation and the New Shopping Centre2013
PhDWhat is Landscape? Aalto / Utzon2013
PhDAntarctic Interiors2015
PhDBy the Surface of the Screen: Screen Forms and Self- and Spatial- Perception2015
PhDThinking-Making Architecture as Performative Practice Informed by Archi-Choreographic Collaborations2016

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDAfter Dark: Architecture and the art of projection in 'outer space'
Candidate: Jennifer Margaret Brown
2017
PhDKenosis Creativity Architecture
Candidate: Randall Scott Lindstrom
2015
PhDTextual Representations of the Socio-Urban History of Baghdad: Critical Approaches to the Historiography of Baghdad in the 18th and 19th Centuries
Candidate: Iman Al-Attar
2014