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design challenge 2011

If you are RESEARCHER, STUDENT or DESIGN PRACTITIONER, a SERVICE PROVIDER or have experienced HOMELESSNESS we invite you to form a team (of at least two members) to develop and submit an Idea Proposal to the competitive Design Challenge.

On any given night 102,000 Australians are homeless. There are 1,300 homeless assistance services across Australia, who provide crisis and long term accommodation, and assist with living skills, counselling and financial management. Some focus on outreach and early intervention, working with agencies for groups special who have specific needs such as young people or women escaping domestic violence, those with mental illness and the elderly.

The needs of the homeless range from shelter to the everyday issues of mobility, safety, food, health, education, communication, work, play and identity. Design Challenge responses can focus on any of these aspects.

As with the past Design Challenges, the question is what can design thinking do to contribute to averting homelessness, mitigating its effects and improving the daily life of those who are homeless and proposing different and longer term pathways to social inclusion, housing, and employment.

[Submissions close in October]

There will be a series of short presentations; speakers include: Nicole
Lawder, CEO Homelessness Australia and RMIT researcher Prof Chris
Chamberlain and Architect Sean Godsell, followed by Q&A. An ideas
noticeboard will be available for participant’s profiles and
information links.

WHEN: 5.00 – 7.00pm Thursday 8 September 2011
WHERE: Project Space, RMIT Building 94, 23 – 27 Cardigan Street Carlton (Close to Victoria Street)

Light refreshments will be served

RSVP: 5 September 03 99254621, DRI.designchallenge [at]


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