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Living Structures-The Architecture for Life – An Official Melbourne Documentary Film Selection

Screening on the 24th July, at 13:30, Shorts Session 4, at Cinema Nova. (https://www.mdff.org.au/films/living-structures-the-architecture-for-life) A documentary that will challenge your current worldview on design, architecture, and our human-nature relationship. In this film Dr Phillip B. Roös, Associate Professor in Architecture and Director of the Live+Smart Research Lab, ask the critical question: “How can our global …

A Meta-Analysis of Emotional Evidence for the Biophilia Hypothesis and Implications for Biophilic Design

‘The biophilia hypothesis posits an innate biological and genetic connection between human and nature, including an emotional dimension to this connection’. In this pioneering and insightful work Jason S. Gaekwad, Anahita Sal Moslehian, Phillip B. Roös (from the Live+Smart Lab, Deakin University) and Arlene Walker (from the School of Psychology, Deakin University) analyse 49 experimental …

New Appointed Postdoctoral Research Fellow for Biophilic Design in Healthcare Facilities

We are excited to welcome Anahita Sal Moslehian as a new team member of the Live+Smart Research Lab. Anna is a postdoctoral research fellow who works in the emerging field of biophilic design to investigate the impacts of healthcare design on occupants’ health and wellbeing. In her new position, Anna will employ systematic thinking and …

Topophilia: Attachment & Belonging Summit

Live+Smart Research Laboratory, Deakin University – Summit 23 March – 25 March 2022. Held as part of Geelong Design Week 2022. Geelong is Australia’s first (and only) UNESCO City of Design. This summit is an online event. The event will be hosted from Deakin University Geelong, Australia, with online streaming of talks and panel discussions by …

The Unfolding

The exhibition ‘The Unfolding’ by Dr Phillip B. Roös consists of various artworks, including drawings, paintings, and large paper scrolls telling stories of the landscape in abstract representations, epitomising the inherent living structures that are visible and non-visible elements of nature’s designs. These works are featured in the documentary film ‘Living Structures: The Architecture for …

R and D partnership to bolster urban sustainability

A landmark research partnership between Deakin University and global design and engineering firm SMEC will underline Australia’s position at the forefront of urban sustainability. In a rapidly-urbanising world where cities largely contribute to climate change, they can also be an integral part of the solution if systems are implemented to reduce resource consumption and waste …

Live+Smart Lab research response to COVID-19

Researchers from across the Live+Smart Lab at Deakin University are tapping into their innovative thinking and expertise to find ways to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. From dynamic systems modelling, pattern identification and dynamic scenario modelling to emergency response planning, biophilic designed home-work spaces and post COVID-19 liveability, the L+SLab is working across disciplines, connecting …

Dr Phillip Roös features on Australia’s Science Channel

Deakin University’s Dr Phillip Roös, an expert in environmental design and architecture, gives a fascinating explanation of biophilia – the concept of our innate connection to nature in design – in a new video on Australia’s Science Channel. Dr Roös, from Deakin’s School of Architecture and Built Environment and Director of the Live+Smart Research Lab, says …

Celebrating World Environment Day

To celebrate World Environment Day, Dr Phillip Roös, Director of Deakin’s Live+Smart Research Lab spoke about Biophilic design and of the need to put nature first in the future design of our city. Dr Roös covered the fundamentals for creating healthy liveable places that enhance wellbeing. He emphasised the need to inject nature into our …

Geelong’s changing landscape detailed in book by Deakin researchers

The book Geelong’s Changing Landscape, which has been described as the most comprehensive investigation of the history of the development and planning of Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula, has now been published. Working with publishers CSIRO, David Jones and Phillip Roös recently compiled and edited Geelong’s Changing Landscape, a 344 page publication that offers an insightful investigation of the …

Design with Nature – A Clever and Creative Public Lecture

The third lecture in the 2019 Clever and Creative Lecture Series:  Design with Nature investigated integrating biophilia, our innate connection with nature, into the design and planning of our environments. Challenging our conventional design knowledge and practice can play a fundamental role in our physiological and psychological health and wellbeing. Dr Phillip Roös Associate Head of …

Vital Signs: Smart City, Living City

Staff and students from the School of Architecture and Built Environment featured when Melbourne Design Week expanded to Geelong for the first time earlier this year. The Vital Signs: Smart city, living city exhibition was coordinated by the school in collaboration with the City of Greater Geelong, the Geelong Gallery and Geelong Regional Libraries. Contributing to ongoing …

Deakin Architecture Events a Design Week Success

From biophilic design to green rooftops to affordable eco housing – it was exciting to see Deakin University’s School of Architecture and Built Environment featuring when Melbourne Design Week expanded to Geelong for the first time earlier this year. Staff and students from the school were involved in a range of events across the program, …

Research Lab Helps us Live Better and Smarter

Deakin University launched it’s Live+Smart Research Lab on 31 May. The Lab will tackle one of the 21st century’s biggest challenges: rapid urbanisation and the decline of rural areas. The launch of the multidisciplinary research hub included a keynote presentation from Vanessa Schernickau, CEO of the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee, exploring the issues we …