RMIT Interior Design students had the unique opportunity to showcase their work at a flash exhibition at Melbourne Central shopping centre.
In conjunction with Melbourne Central and the General Property Trust (GPT) group, the Bachelor of Design (<span>Honours</span>) program conducted a teaching and research residency in a shop tenancy within the CBD shopping centre.
The studio subject, Constructing Situations in Melbourne Central, explored ways of combining video and light projection with performance to construct site-specific installations, events and pop-up displays.
Second and third year students were able to develop skills in video projection and digital mapping software, creative modes of site analysis and workshop construction skills.
The outcomes of the studio were exhibited in video format in various locations throughout Melbourne Central, occurring in tandem with RMIT’s multi-faceted Interior Design event, “Situation Symposium”.
Outstanding students were also offered the opportunity to present an installation proposal for inclusion in Melbourne Central’s Melbourne Spring Fashion Week exhibition.
Interior Design Associate Lecturer and residency coordinator, Caroline Vains, said the semester-long studio subject gave students a taste of working in a public setting.
“This studio was designed to develop students’ ability to design and construct environments for public reception and interaction,” she said.
“The partnership with Melbourne Central and GPT allowed students to develop their skills in a real world context; complete with its opportunities, limitations and real people feedback loops.”
RMIT offers several industry-recognised programs centred on the design, architecture and decoration of interior space.