At the next and final DSD DESIS Lab Talk for 2018 Terence Fenn and Shashi Cullinan-Cook will be presenting their PhD projects. Shashi Cullinan-Cook is a ‘teacher-student’, editor, researcher and writer in  art and design theory and education. Her PhD focuses on the knowledges of first-year students of art, design and architecture, from a socio-cultural perspective, in the interests of social justice and decoloniality. Terence Fenn is a senior lecturer in the Department of Multimedia where he specialises in interaction and human-centred design.

His PhD study utilises a Research through Design methodology to structure and critically reflect on a co-design enquiry concerned with how best to design blended spaces at the ‘neighbourhood’ scale for communities living and working in the Johannesburg central business district (CBD). This study is important as while ‘smart’ technologies are beginning to emerge globally, how we design them in a human-centric manner is only beginning to be explored. The scarcity of knowledge in this area is particularly evident in the context of the urban African experience. Thus, this study seeks to contribute to the consideration of smart city design generally, and spatial interaction design in Johannesburg, South Africa, particularly.

The event will start at 13:00, an hour earlier than usual. We hope to see you there!