Research Projects

The Live+Smart Research Lab carefully selects and only engage in research projects that fundamentally supports our vision and deliver positive impact, providing research that has multiple sustainable, environmental, social, cultural, economic and health and wellbeing benefits for our global society.

Biophilic Design for Barwon Health Central Geelong Mental Health Hub

This project aims to enhance the interior environments of the new Barwon Health Central Geelong Mental Health Hub to provide restorative qualities for the occupants and visitors. Biophilic design and restorative design principles are combined to create spaces that reduce stress, facilitate positive experiences, and enhance wellbeing. The research includes the identification of specific indoor environmental quality (IEQ) criteria needed to support indoor biophilic environments.

Research Team Members:
Phillip Roös, Lana Van Galen, Abdul-Manan Sadick, Xiaoyi Guan (Keyson), Emma Duncan, Renae Carolin

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Biophilic Design & Regenerative Design Research Advisory for New Hobsons Bay Wetland Centre

The new Hobsons Bay Wetland Centre aims to set an exemplar in a facility ‘that puts nature first’. The project is guided and informed by 16 biophilic design patterns. Striving to go beyond the standard sustainability approach, the design includes regenerative design principles to support its local ecological and environmental systems. At the heart of the project lies the inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge Systems and cultural considerations which have been developed in consultation with the Bunurong Land Council and Traditional Owners.
“A place where everyone can connect to Country, improve their health and wellbeing and be inspired to care for our precious natural environment, in a space that puts Traditional Knowledge Systems at the heart of the design, the community and the visitor experience.” – Hobsons Bay Wetland Centre INC.

Research Team Members:
Phillip Roös

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Biophilic Design for Barwon Health McKellar Mental Health Inpatient Unit

This research aims to achieve a welcoming and supportive, homely environment that will reduce stress and providing healing spaces through the application of Biophilic Design principles to the architectural design and operations of the new facility.

Research Team Members:
Phillip Roös, Melissa O’Shea, Arlene Walker, Abdul-Manan Sadick, Megan Turner, Renae Carolin, Rachel Tindal, Gayle Boschert, Emma Duncan

Northern and Western Geelong Growth Area Planning Stage Sustainability Decision Support Tool

This research project aims to develop a cutting-edge land-use planning tool to allow the City of Greater Geelong to deliver on its clever and creative vision, and to embed ESD actions into the development of the growth areas. Advanced 2D/3D GIS technology, an Dynamic Scenario Planning Model (DSPM), and Virtual Reality Scenarios (VRS) are used to inform decision making.

Research Team Members:
Phillip Roös, Paris Sidiqi, Murray Herron, Ali Jalali, Zaheer Allam, Beau Beza, Surabhi Pancholi, Simon Kilbane, Emma Duncan, Olubukola Tokede, Dominic Ahiaga-Dabui, Seng Loke, David Halliwell, Stephen Davis, James Hamilton, Phillip Dooley, Malcolm Doyle, Nicholas Chai

Climate Change and Heatwave – High Risk Areas City of Geelong

Identifying the high-risk areas for extreme heatwave impacts across the LGA of the City of Geelong, this project applied a dynamic scenario model to locate vulnerable communities to the impacts of climate change.

Research Team Members:
Phillip Roös, Murray Herron, Paras Sidiqui, Ali Jalali, David Jones, Emma Duncan

Liveable & Smart Melton

This project involved the development of a dynamic scenario planning model embedded in a GIS platform to support decision making to deliver services for unprecedented population growth, including a Liveability and Smart City Strategy for the City of Melton.

Research Team Members:
Phillip Roös, Murray Herron, Paras Sidiqui, Surabhi Pancholi, Beau Beza, Seng Loke, Dominic Doe Ahiaga-Dagbui, Emma Duncan, David Jones, Ali Jalali

Hobsons Bay Wetland Centre – Biophilic Design

This research aims to identify a range of biophilic design principles and evaluation performance criteria to inform the project’s architectural and landscape design, taking into consideration a broad range of environmental, social, cultural and economic requirements, especially a focused obligation for design with nature to achieve the vision and future goals of the new centre. Hobsons Bay City Council.

Research Team Members:
Phillip Roös, Lana Van Galen, Simon Kilbane, David Jones, Murray Herron, Paras Sidiqui

Coastal Scenario Planning Model – Point Impossible to Jan Juc Masterplan

This project used advanced GIS based digitised scenario modelling techniques that analysed current and proposed conditions, assets, and vegetation impacted by the changes of bushfire risk, soil erosion, coastal erosion, flood risk, sea level rise, and storm surge over different time scales from 2019 to 2100.

Research Team Members:
Phillip Roös,  Murray Herron, Paras Sidiqui, David Jones, Beau Beza,  Ali Jalali, Daniel Ierodiaconou,  Aida Afrooz

Heal the Scar (Stage 1)

The project looks at how can we best rehabilitate exhausted quarry and mine sites and holistically (environmentally, socially, culturally and economically) enriching both the site and its surrounding community.

Research Team Members:
Phillip Roös, David Jones, Simon Kilbane, David Jones, Murray Herron, Paras Sidiqui

Enhanced School Classrooms for Learning – Biophilic Design

The main goal of this project was to provide design guidelines and performance criteria based on biophilic design principles that can serve as a guidance for modular classroom design and construction practice. The primary benefit is to provide healthy, sensory enhanced classroom spaces that promote improved positive learning and wellbeing of students and teaching staff.

Research Team Members:
Phillip Roös,  Rui Wang, Arlene Walker, David Jones, Abdul-Manan Sadick, Carlos Bartesaghi-Koc