ADD+F is a newly established research hub at the Melbourne School of Design that brings together academics and lead technicians, covering a diverse field of expertise, from data-driven design and robotic to 3D printing and mixed reality environments.
ADD+F's key focus is to instigate innovation through a collaborative and cross-technological approach, applying design thinking methodologies and experimentation methodologies. The research hub seeks innovative and sustainable solutions that apply to industries – ranging from construction, health and well-being, to the arts, entertainment and design disciplines.
The Design Research Hub ADD+F:
- explores advanced digital technologies to challenge current design and construction practices seeking innovative and sustainable solutions that apply to the industry.
- engages with a wide range of industries partner including, construction, health and wellbeing, the arts, entertainment and design disciplines.
- ventures into new directions, formulating novel processes, methods, tools and applications, for a future-orientated discipline and profession.
- undertakes explorations through research and teaching in collaboration with national and international partners.
The research is a deep study of material artifacts from design history, using advanced digital design and manufacturing tools, to construct bridges between design history research and contemporary creative practice.
Parametric Adjustable Mould
PAM is a patented computer numerically controlled (CNC) mould frame designed to produce double curvature concrete panels with a single mould frame.
Design Technology in Contemporary Practice
Research associated to this project reflects on how the world’s most renowned architecture practices use technology to support design and delivery of their projects.
Developing digitally manipulated and fabricated artefacts by combining documentation with speculation. Funded by: The UniSA, the SIDA Foundation and the David Roche Foundation Curatorial Research Fellowship.
Prosthetic Nests for the Powerful Owl
This project uses more-than-human and interspecies design approaches to make and test prosthetic habitat-structures for the powerful owl (Ninox strenua).
ROOM: Digital design to fabrication in temporary accommodation options for youth homelessness
Clay 3D Printing
Development of clay 3D printing techniques that provide viable fabrication options for the built environment.
Indoor Positioning Simulation
The study grounds the method for determining the dynamic and room-specific occupancy limits to improve well-being in indoor environments.
Computing and Design Thinking
Development and application of computational tools, processes and theories for automation, optimisation and machine learning in architectural design.
The research aims of this prototype is an exploration of the capacities for novel fabrication technologies to construct cultivated synthetic micro-ecologies. These synthetic substrate prototypes are intended as components within green roof or wall systems.
Right Tree Right Place Right Time
A visual-functional design approach to select and place trees for optimal shade benefit to commuting pedestrians
Digital and data-driven innovation in asset delivery, operations and management
Digital and Data-Driven Innovation is transforming how built environment assets are designed, delivered, operated, and managed towards better outcomes for end-users.
Teaching & Learning
The Digital Design and Fabrication Electives offer students the opportunity to build and demonstrate expertise and competence in the understanding and application of contemporary design tools that inform and shape students’ design process and thinking. Digital Design and Fabrication Electives are based on a culture of experimenting and making – applying contemporary design and making tools to create advanced physical and digital artefacts and environments.
All subjects are taught by leaders in their field and acknowledged experts from industry, practice and research. All classes enjoy additional support and insights from guests and tutors. Students will use the MSD Maker Spaces infrastructure and will be provided with specific training in the operation and potentials of fabrication equipment.
For information on requirements regarding software knowledge and any other detailed information please refer to the handbook and the individual semester outlines on this website. All subjects in the suite of electives are quota subjects, so places are limited and students who have provisionally enrolled in the subject must provide a short portfolio of their design work and a statement outlining why they are interested in the subject to be considered for selection. Submission is to be emailed directly to the subject coordinator at least three weeks before the semester starts.
2022 - Digital Design and Fabrication Electives Offerings
The suite of electives offered in 2022 includes DF_Lab, R_Lab, SI_LAB, Ex_Lab, and F_Lab.
DF_Lab Summer 2022 Intensive (ABPL90378)
In this Summer Intensive students will be joining a team of researchers from ADD+F research hub to develop a modular street fixture for outdoor ambient cooling. Students will have the opportunity to take part in the design and making of a structure that supports an evaporative cooling system.
Applications for Melbourne Graduate Research Scholarships (PhDs)
Design and Creative Practice research is actively supported in the Melbourne School of Design and the University of Melbourne through the PhD model ‘Thesis by Creative Works’. Academics in the ADD+F research hub have the capacity to supervise PhD research projects, especially those with a design and creative practice focus.
- Dr Ajibade Aibinu, A/Professor in Quantity Surveying & Construction
- Dr Sofia Colabella, Lecturer in Construction Technology in Architecture
- Dr Dominik Holzer, A/Professor in Digital Architecture
- Jas Johnston, Fabrication, Innovation, Technology Manager
- Dr Nano Langenheim, Lecturer In Landscape Architecture & Urban Design
- David Mah, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Urban Design
- Ryan Pennings, Coordinator Robotics Lab
- Dr Alberto Pugnale, Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design
- Dr Stanislav Roudavski, Senior Lecturer in Digital Design
- Dr Djordje Stojanovic, Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design