An extraordinary new exhibition from London's Design Museum opens at RMIT's Design Hub this week.
The Future is Here highlights the new industrial revolution - focusing on the shift in manufacturing that is changing how we produce, fund, distribute and buy everything from cars to shoes.
We are in the midst of a transformation in the way we design, make and consume the objects that we depend upon.
The Future is Here, which runs from 28 August until 11 October, shows what that means.
Internationally renowned architect Alisa Andrasek's interactive installation Bloom will come to the Design Hub in conjunction with the exhibition.
First installed in London as part of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic celebrations, Bloom has proven popular with audiences worldwide.
The neon pink piece, designed and developed with Jose Sanchez from the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, encourages people to build giant, organic structures - resulting in twisted spines of vibrant urban toy sculptures.
Trunks of bright branches will spiral through the Design Hub, the formations only limited by the imaginations of those who come along to play.
The final Bloom piece will reflect the creativity of those who took part - an original and collective act of imagination at play.
Design Hub co-curator Fleur Watson said The Future is Here exhibition cemented the Design Hub's position as the place for the wider community to discover and engage with design.
"Design Hub is dedicated to showcasing the 'arc' of design research - that is, the often messy, process side of design practice and all its phases," Ms Watson said.
"In presenting The Future is Here we continue this direction and encourage the mingling of audiences with ideas in action, so as to open up expert knowledge as widely as possible."
The exhibition will highlight emerging trends in design by charting the changing nature of manufacturing, what drives innovation and how it can lead to increased productivity and growth.
Co-curator Kate Rhodes said: "It clearly articulates that the world is currently experiencing a transformation in the way that design is conceptualised, made and consumed.
"Digital processes such as computer numerical controlled routing, 3D printing and robotic manufacturing, along with platforms such as networked manufacturing and crowd funding, are transforming the way that many contemporary designers are working."
As part of The Future is Here, the Design Hub will house "The Factory" - a workshop and display where visitors can create, test and experiment on machines including 3D printers, robots and a CNC milling machine.
Additional local design research projects that highlight the importance of speculation and prototyping to innovation and design will also be on show.
The Future is Here and Bloom will be accompanied by a series of associated lectures, talks and workshops.
Alisa Andrasek is a special guest of RMIT Design Hub, in partnership with RMIT's Architecture and Design.
The Future is Here is an exhibition from London's Design Museum co-curated with RMIT Design Hub.
Design Museum Curator: Alex Newson
RMIT Design Hub Curators: Kate Rhodes, Fleur Watson
Exhibition design: Roland Snooks Studio
Graphic design: Stuart Geddes, Brad Haylock
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