• U.lab + Cerebral Palsy Alliance - INCLUSIVE PLAY FUTURES

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    INCLUSIVE PLAY Futures is a partnership between the U.lab at UTS and Cerebral Palsy Alliance, a non-profit organisation that provides services to thousands of people with cerebral palsy and their families.
    Dr Joanne Jakovich and Dr Jochen Schweitzer explain the INCLUSIVE PLAY challenge -- to imagine and prototype new ways to overcome social exclusion through play -- was run as the main project of the Entrepreneurship Lab in 2013.
    The Entrepreneurship Lab is an interdisciplinary design thinking environment within which students leverage their own discipline knowledge to innovate new approaches for solving components of a big picture problem. Students work collaboratively in mixed teams to apply the skills and practices of ‘Design Thinking’ and ‘Creative Enterprise’ to develop solutions that catalyse social purpose into the reality of business.
    This semester’s subject includes postgraduate students from Business, IT and Design working on the brief of INCLUSIVE PLAY FUTURES. Together we went on a journey through which the students are equipped with tools for human-centred design and design thinking to devise possible solutions for the problem.
    The problems we engage with are ‘wicked’ in nature, in that there are no neat packaged solutions, and none that are ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, merely better or worse. Creating possible solutions and building prototypes helps us better understand the problem area itself. And the solutions are never really final, but continue to evolve, sometimes even after the semester is finished.
    The project is an exciting convergence of students, university academics, industry mentors, human-centred design-led innovation and a technology on the cusp of adoption. This video captures our experiences.
    Thanks to our subject sponsors and keen collaborators at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
    This video is supported by the Deputy Vice Chancellor's Office of Teaching and Learning at UTS.
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  • CAPS - Climate Adapted People Shelter Design Competition 2016 Play all

    Bus shelters are seldom designed with ‘shelter’ in mind; their location and construction is predicated on a model that focuses on the placement of advertising, safety and the operational needs of transport authorities. While needs of some of the most vulnerable users like elderly, school kids, young families and the poor are often overlooked, particularly in light of increased exposure to urban heat and other weather extremes. This project aims at co-creating and researching the implications for climate adapted and smart urban infrastructure designs with a focus on re-imagining the old bus shelter.

    CAPS is a collaboration between the University of Technology Sydney’s (UTS) Institute for Sustainable Futures, U.lab and Centre for Management & Organisation Studies, the NSW Climate Adaptation Research Hub and the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University (WSU). We are determined to develop exciting new concepts for urban infrastructure. Our project is planned as an open innovation design competition, using methods of human centered design, participation from multiple stakeholders, and a research agenda to verify the effectiveness of outcomes and to make policy and design recommendation in times of climate change and digitization.
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