Live+Smart Research Lab

WE BELIEVE THAT RECONNECTING HUMAN HABITATS WITH THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT WILL LEAD TO A HEALTHY AND REGENERATIVE FUTURE FOR BOTH

Creating a healthier and resilient world

Our vision is to deliver applied research and concepts that are grounded in achieving healthy, sustainable, adaptive, and resilient outcomes for the future. We leverage impactful research in biophilia and biophilic design, integral whole-systems thinking, regenerative-adaptive design, and scenario planning to make this vision a reality.

Leading

The Live+Smart Research Lab is one of Deakin University’s leading research labs, providing direct applied research for our global society. Unconstrained by traditional disciplines, the Live+Smart Research Lab pursues solutions, technologies, and experiences that enable individuals and communities to transform their lives for the better and improve the environment. The lab promotes an interdisciplinary research culture drawing from a world leading multidisciplinary team that brings together diverse areas of interest, expertise and inquiry.

MEET OUR TEAM

“ Our team provides innovative research that informs the planning, design and creation of both built and natural environments that result in a healthy and resilient future for the planet, where our actions taken today leave a positive legacy behind for future generations”

Dr Phill Roös
Associate Professor
Director Live+Smart Research Lab

Innovate


Our researchers use innovative theoretical models embedded in smart technology and the Integral Design Framework (IDF), to explore technology-enabled solutions that can be tailored to investigate the individual and collective aspects of place, as well as qualitative and quantitative performance criteria to achieve integrated outcomes. Our dynamic design and planning processes are supported by virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies, allowing immersive interactive spatial visualisations, digital simulations, and informed decision making.

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Deliver impact

Our research has multiple sustainable, environmental, social, cultural, economic and health benefits for our research partners, organisations, and larger communities. We leverage our multidisciplinary expertise clustered in key research areas to deliver impactful outcomes, enabling a sustainable and resilient future.

EXPLORE OUR RESEARCH AREAS
BIOPHILIA & BIOPHILIC DESIGN

– Biophilia & Wellbeing
– Restorative Environments Design
– Biophilic Urbanism
– Future Landscapes & Ecologies

SCENARIO PLANNING

– Geodesign & Planning
– Remote Sensing & Digital Mapping
– Smart Rural & Urban Communities
– Designing Urban Futures
– Intelligent Built Environments
– Transport Futures

INTEGRAL WHOLE-SYSTEMS

– Pattern Languages
– Place-based Design

– Indigenous Knowledge Systems
– Transformative Integral Design

REGENERATIVE-ADAPTIVE DESIGN

– Regenerative Development & Design
– Cradle to Cradle Design & Construction
– Resilient & Adaptive Communities

Collaborate

Beyond our research activities, the Live+Smart Research Lab builds partnerships around the world with colleagues, peers, key industry and government organisations to deliver achievable solutions. We establish communities of knowledge, centres of excellence, and develop prototypes and concepts that are grounded in achieving sustainable, innovative, adaptive, and resilient outcomes for the future.

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Latest research initiatives

Biophilic design and the natural senses

Identifying human sensory responses to nature, this research initiative investigates which qualities and perceived sensory dimensions (PSD) of the natural environment are psychologically restorative. The aim of this initiative is to use the findings as informants to biophilic design considerations, as well as potential applications to restorative design and evidence-based design (EBD) for health-care facilities.

Biophilic design to support mental health in lock-down

The Live+Smart Research Lab is partnering with the School of Psychology to investigate mental health and wellbeing at home-workspaces. This research initiative looks at how working from home in isolation can contribute to mental-ill health.

Covid-19 and GIS dynamic scenario modelling of vulnerable communities

This research initiative includes the mapping of highly vulnerable communities and persons to the potential impacts of disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic, inclusive of the elderly, young and people with high-risk medical conditions.

Maintain emergency services levels of functioning in a pandemic

Researchers at the Live+Smart Research Lab in collaboration with industry partner Deccan International are investigating case studies across the world to identify the main issues experienced by emergency services during a pandemic.