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We’re thrilled to be part of Geelong Design Week 2022!

Celebrating the theme taur, which means belonging in local Wadawurrung language, Geelong Design Week will celebrate all things connecting us to people and places and the role design can play in enhancing our sense and lived experience of belonging. You’ll find more than 60 events over 10 days from 17–27 March. We can’t wait to …

One of Australia’s top 40 early career researchers appointed as Honorary Fellow

We are pleased to welcome Dr Zaheer Allam’s appointment as a Honorary Fellow at the Live+Smart Research Laboratory, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, Deakin University. “I’m so happy with this new appointment! The Live+Smart Research Lab is at the forefront of nature-informed propositions in urban discourses by …

Biophilia and Deep Connections to Place: Design that Matters Masterclass

The Live+Smart Research Laboratory at the School of Architecture & Built Environment, Deakin University invites you to join this free online masterclass. The event includes a public lecture by Associate Professor Dr Phillip B. Roös, followed by keynote presentations and a panel discussion including Jefa Greenaway (Greenaway Architects), Nick Griffin (McGregor Coxall) and Eduard Ross …

An INHAF Habitat Forum Webinar Series – Rethinking Cities

Architecture in Transition: New Findings from the Sciences  An INHAF Habitat Forum Webinar Series – Rethinking Cities In the last few years, surprising new developments in neuroscience, environmental psychology, biology, mathematics, and other fields have begun to challenge designers to think differently about their role, particularly as we seek to transition to a world of …

Bring Nature back into the City – Geelong Design Week 2021

The Live+Smart Research Laboratory at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University is collaborating with industry partners – The School of Lost Arts, Creative Geelong Makers Hub, GHD and Vidler Gallery in various Geelong Design Week 2021 exhibitions and events to promote biophilia and the importance of bringing nature back into our cities. …

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 …