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Design Practices: Agency and Engagement KDA338


They provide a business-based perspective and look to the future direction of the profession and your role in it.

In Design Practices: Agency and Engagement you will interrogate contemporary theories and the implications for development of a critical spatial practice. You will explore interdisciplinary approaches to design that understand, reference and question the specificities of social, cultural and political and ecological operations within local and global contexts. Through lectures from leading experts, discussion of theoretical texts and critical interrogation of precedents, you will gain broad knowledge of contemporary themes in spatial design practice. Working in teams on a specified topic, you will research, interrogate and explore the formal, material and spatial implications of particular design theories employing participatory practices in the creation of speculative design propositions in models and mixed media.


Unit name Design Practices: Agency and Engagement
Unit code KDA338
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design


Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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Learning Outcomes

ILO 1: Critically evaluate contemporary theories and implications for interdisciplinary design practice.
ILO 2: Articulate connections between design and social, political, cultural and ecological operations at local and planetary scales.
ILO 3: Explore and articulate formal, material and spatial implications of design theories through models and mixed media.
ILO 4: Participate and co-create with peers in speculative design inquiries.

Contribution to Graduate Outcomes (Degree major)
Ethics: Students explore co-creative processes and underpinning design theories to identify ethical implications of what knowledge and ideas become manifest e.g open source/commons vs. IP; assessed via mixed media portfolio (AT2)
Well-being: Students are guided to enact strategies to foster well-being within co-creation processes, initially with peers e.g. using diversity as a resource, defining supportive participation; assessed via group, mixed media presentation (AT2)
Experiential learning: Students prepare for interdisciplinary design practice in industry and enterprise by connecting guest practitioner accounts with contemporary design practice and theory; assessed via maquette (preliminary model) and essay (AT3)



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KDA235 and KDA241 or KDA247 and KDA248



Teaching Pattern

Workshop - 3-hr x weekly


AT1 – Debate (20%)
AT2 – Speculations: Presentation and Exegesis (40%)
AT3 – Inquiry: Visual Journal (40%)

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