In this theme, researchers and designers involved in the DSD DESIS Lab and partner organisations explore a variety of aspects related to spatial and interactive design.

Primary objectives of SIX-D include:

  1. The explore the reciprocal tension and benefits that integrating spatial and performative orientated theories and practices in order to establish a conceptual framework for future work.

Sub-themes in this objective include:

  • Identifying and where appropriate blend existing views from spatial and interaction design theory into a robust conceptual framework that can meaningfully inform research and practice.
  • Articulate this framework in a range of publications
  1. Establish modes of ethical collaboration to ensure meaningful participation in order to address issues of systemic structural inequality.

Sub-themes in this objective include:

  • Developing a theoretical position defining and advocating the notion of spatial equality in relationship to SIX-D.
  • Developing a theoretical position defining and advocating the notion of spatial justice in relationship to SIX-D.
  • Develop a set of recommendations for SIX-D practice
  • Articulate these theoretical positions and recommendations in a range of publications
  1. To better understand the notion of an afro-centric production of space/place and the subsequent enabling of related activities and environments through meaningful design interventions.

Sub-themes in this objective include:

  • Apply concepts developed in Objectives 1 and 2, in situated participatory practice in urban Afrikan contexts in order to co-produce meaningful design interventions and test conceptual propositions.
  • Improve spatial literacy across institutional and informal contexts.

Projects included under this theme generally relate to

  • Spatial design- including concepts from disciplines such as Architecture, Urban Design and Placemaking, as a shared discipline of design practice.
  • Interaction Design – including concepts from disciplines as diverse Experience Design, Information Architecture, Service Design, Industrial Design, and Wayfinding.

While at times certain projects may focus on particular disciplinary practice the intention of the SIX-D research theme is to explore a closer integration and blending of concepts and practices related across the individual disciplines through the lens of collaboration.

We see the cohesive integration of these fields particularly aligned in terms of a shared human-centric