3 x 3 x 3 Challenge - Sydney Design 2013
- Team "Pentagon" presenting to our panel
- Deborah Vaughan from the Powerhouse Museum playing with part of Team Pentagon's installation
- Team WON presenting their full scale mockup
- Healthabitat Manager and architect Greg Norman helping construct the final installation
- Student team installing the final exhibit at the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo
- Students constructing the "shower block" as part of the installation at the FBE
- Measure twice, cut once!
- Team "The Plain Black Tee's" measuring out the 3x3x3 on first site visit to the PHM
- and then again back in studio before the gauntlet of design proposals emerge!
- Students all but lived in their studio at the Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW for the week
- Team TAN presenting their final scheme to our panel
Healthabitat were invited by the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney to be one of three teams to partake in their 3x3x3 design challenge in honour of the George Nelson exhibition during Sydney Design 2013. The overarching theme for the exhibition as set by the festival involves...
“Design re:think - can clever design save the world? Can design transform, replenish and restore the well-being of our world to create a cleaner, more beautiful and more functional society? If design is ‘intelligence made visible’ how can designers re-think systems, products, environments and business models to preserve, enhance and nurture our planet and its people”.
Healthabitat belived this would be a great opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team of Built Environment students to help us "re-think" our own message about the links between health and housing, and present it to the Powerhouse visitors in a way we've never done before.
Under the guidance of Ann Quinlan and Linda Corkery from Built Environment, The University of New South Wales, Paul Pholeros, Heleana Genaus, Christian Tietz and Greg Norman from the Healthabitat team carried out a week long, intensive design charette whereby students in 6 teams worked solidly to produce 6 different schemes on Housing for Health and the Healthy Living Practices. The schemes had to:
- fit within the 3x3x3 metre set out,
- be interactive,
- include a "take home" element and
- appeal to the demographic of visitors to the Powerhouse during Sydney Design 2013.
Students also had to provide a budget for installation and overall ensure the complex message of Health and Housing was not lost in their proposals.
At the end of a long week, we saw 6 very different proposals of which we combined the best elements of each and merged into one proposal.
Below are the proposals from each team:
Revealing the bigger picture
Our design serves to exploit the brief of 3x3x3 to create an interactive installation which takes the form of a cube, in which we have embedded subtle yet powerful messages. This power also comes from our holistic approach to the design, and the simplicity of the form. This unique form will evoke the WOW factor encouraged in the design brief, where each interactive face allows the audience to become involved with the installation and help develop it throughout the course of the exhibition.
In an attempt to evoke the notion of 'revealing the bigger picture', our installation incorporates a variety of faces, each which either challenge or confront the viewer through uncovering the key aspects that Healthabitat deals with. Messages are not blatantly obvious, but rather require a slight process to be uncovered. Effectively, we wanted to express how a simple act (such as bending down to see a message I pulling off a postcard) can reveal a much bigger picture and create a large impact. Hopefully this idea will be translated into the audience's actions, and they will be moved to help Healthabitat with their goals.
The materiality of our installation helps promote sustainable practice through the re-use of water drainage cells, and these also provide a unique aesthetic pattern to add interest to the design.These are easily constructed as each piece fits together to create individual boxes which stack together nicely. These can also be flat packed and are easily transportable through their lightweight structure.
The Plain Black Tee’s
Yvonne Li, Grace Kim, Julie Lien
To attract the users’ attention to our proposed installation, we mainly looked at how we would use the concept of ‘Extraction’ to orchestrate the overall plan, shape and formation of the space, down to the finer detail of the 3x3x3 installation. To extract awareness of the 9 principles and safety that link health and design, users are drawn in by the overall dynamic height of the positioning of the houses. As they draw closer to penetrate the cube, specific problems are extracted from the larger issues which exist in our modern society. This is achieved by the act of interacting with the installation to create a personal experience of lifting up houses to reveal the underlying problems which are graphically displayed in the acrylic tubes. To further personalise the overall experience, anecdotes are displayed on the houses along with other data and information, and seating is located in various locations to allow for a closer and more intimate inspection of the images which are displayed
inside these houses.
Click here to download their full proposal.
Tiana Giacomazzi, Ashleigh Broady, Nathan Woellner
Our design concept is based around the idea of explaining how certain apparently insignificant negative living conditions can highly influence the health of individuals.
The front of the exhibition space is very interactive and attractive, particularly for a younger demographic. The game begins with a personalised postcard which allows the individual to create a sense of empathy with the character on the postcard, while learning about some negative living conditions that can drastically reduce people's health. When reaching the wall at the end of the game, they are confronted with a visual of the disease or illness that their character’s living conditions have contributed to. This 'diagnosis' becomes personal and interesting while allowing one to learn about their character’s illnesses to a greater depth.
The rear side of the exhibition space explores a closer look at the most important of Healthabitat’s 9 Healthy Living Practices; washing people. Mounted on the wall is a shower unit with several vital elements that have been visibly damaged, or are obviously inoperable. This visually demonstrates to the viewers that when one small element of the shower is out of order, the entire unit cannot be used, and thus the residents of the house in which this shower is located cannot clean themselves. If said residents happen to live in most rural indigenous communities, they will consequently be at a great risk of contracting a severe condition (outlined on the game wall opposite).
Small Steps, Big Change
Agnes Carissa, Nadia Hendryani, Jennifer Yung Chun Su, Erino Sugisaki, Mariani Suwardi
The physical construction of the installation is a metaphor for our idea that making changes and improvements in everyday living takes one step at a time. Collectively over time, this can have a major impact on a person’s health and wellbeing. And an importance is stressed on the healthy living conditions that need to surround children ages between 0-5. By conveying the ideas that these changes are very applicable to our daily activities, the audience is able to connect with the project.
The 3x3x3 theme and the connection with the George Nelson exhibition created a powerful influence on our installation. We played on the idea of negative and positive cubic spaces and extended the ‘cubic’ motif through to the ‘take-home’ activity of creating magic cubes that contain information on health habitat and the installation.
The installation is essentially a sequence of steps constructed by Atlantis modules stacked in a diagonal composition. Height changes of each step symbolises the transition from; identifying the disease, proposing a principle and creating a solution. A collective decision was made to place the yardmaster on the final sequence of step, as an example of a solution to the problems.
Simple changes for a healthier future.
Shanny Lam, Tracey Lau, Shaun Taylor, Ricky Wei Xi Zhao
Our design proposition aimed to convey our key message shaped by Healthabitat’s 9 Healthy Living Practices through the creation of an educational while engaging installation. This was achieved within our design by means of providing interactive activities where the patrons’ simple actions would contribute to their own learning as well as the installation, removing it from a static state.
The main piece of the installation depicted the silhouette of a young child (the ages 0 to 5 being the most vital in a child’s development of a healthy future) and held a key role as a monument. Approaching visitors would be able to view the assortment of geometric contributions that had been folded using provided templates then dropped in to the main piece by visitors before them. These colour coded forms could be created from 1 of 3 stations. Each form represented a chosen design solution to the corresponding station’s questions based on illnesses associated with unhealthy living practices. As people contributed over time to the installation with these forms, the level of solutions would grow in the main piece and could be read off on a graph as increased steps towards healthy living. Visitors would be able to see the responses of previous visitors and visually recognise their simple contribution and growing awareness as the path to a healthier future.
Sonia Bloch, Lauren Burke, Ranmalie Mataraarachchi, Jess Royeca, Yijun Lizette Li
The aim of our design was to engage the audience with the 9 Healthy Living Practices using intrigue to draw the audience in and absorb the information. We took this approach because the audience viewing the installation in the Powerhouse museum may have the view that these principles don’t apply to themselves, when in fact they transcend through all of society. This then leads to our main message of ‘good design is transparent’, meaning that the changes that need to occur in order to address the healthy living principles are not outrageous, rather they are simple and can go unnoticed by people who already have them. Our design then aims to raise awareness of this.
The form of the installation takes the shape of 10 ‘totems’ each representing one of the 9 healthy living principles and the 10th being the yardmaster. The take home message consists of small squares which are suspended between 2 of the totems, and can be removed by the viewers of the installation, thus creating an interactive engagement. The main message of the installation is then projected onto the hanging wall of squares which draws the audience to the installation and immediately conveys the main message of the design. A vinyl graphic of a child which is adhered to the floor represents the 0-5 year age group, lines then connect the graphic with the 9 totems to show the link between the 9 Healthy Living Practices and how they particularly link to the wellbeing of children. Click here to see more detail of this proposal.