UTS Speaks Public Lecture : ‘Sun, Sea, Sand and Silicon. Can Sydney survive the digital Tsunami?’
31 March 2009

‘Smart Architecture – increased vision, less consumption’: Sydney Vivid / SmartLight Public Lecture
1 June 2009

Architects have recently enjoyed a massive increase in the range of available communication techniques and tools, as well as having access to an extraordinary number of new materials and technologies. There is the attitude that ‘If it can be imagined, it can be built’. Can this sustainably continue in the future? How can architects design new city projects and upgrade existing buildings, and especially their facades, so that they contribute to the after dark usage and enjoyment of the city’s public spaces and buildings without wasting energy?

Sydney Design, Powerhouse
1-16 August 2009
Public lectures + Workshop
Sydney Design public lecture 9th August at the Powerhouse ‘Do Androids dream of electric sheep? Or, 9 out of 10 robots will kill you’. A look at the future of Robots in design through the movies. This century we are witnessing the birth of humanoid design through a number of disciplines. Not just engineering and robotics, but with software, interface design, psychology and even the web. Film is about visualising the imagination and this talk is not simply about the possible future behaviour of humanoids: I also look at the visual and aesthetic possibilities. The lecture looks at two types of humanoid design: Augmentation Design is something that helps a human, is attached or nearby; and Replacement Design, which is the full deal: replicant people.

Sydney Design lecture at Eat Green Design (EGD) ‘Design and the four horsemen of the apocalypse: surviving and thriving in the global turmoil’. When the world is in crisis, new opportunities are opened up for the creative industries – but what does this mean for designers and how can they adapt to take advantage of the situation? The talk looks at environmental, economic and ethical changes that are sweeping aside many historical situations, and how the right kind of design is in even more demand than ever as a result.

EGD (1-12 August) is within Sydney Design and will act as a springboard for sustainable awareness to stretch the perception of what ‘sustainability’ means, challenging people to look at sustainability at new levels in its many forms. Exploring the parallel movements of sustainable principles and practices in the design and food industries, EGD provides a communication medium and an incubator for sustainable awareness.

UNIVERSITY LECTURES by Tom Barker since arriving at UTS in October 2008

DAB School Lectures
February – Sept 2009

School of Design: ‘back to the future: how to be 15 years ahead in design’

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Strategies for working successfully at the cutting edge of design - as opposed to the bleeding edge! Using several of projects as case studies, as well as providing insights into global design trends and challenges.

School of Architecture: ‘Digital Urbanism - new paradigms for smart cities’

What are the future directions for smart cities as architecture evolves to take advantage of interactive urban digital media technologies? New forms of intelligent, self-aware architecture are being developed – built environments whose capacity for adaptation and interaction with their users is increased as a result of the augmented technologies built into their initial conception, design, development and eventual operation. This talk draws on research work in the area of Urban Digital Media, including the SmartSlab platform, to consider the digital city at both a conceptual and detailed level.

School of Architecture: ‘Smart Ecoplastics Design’

A review of intelligent materials and the intelligent use of polymers and composites that may be used in sustainable architecture.

Design Interventions Business Innovation

7-8-09 For Design Studies. Co-ordinator: Jacqueline Kasunic.
Using a series of case studies and personal projects, the lecture lifts the lid on how designers can turn their trade into business, going from start-ups to successful companies. The talk highlights the pitfalls and opportunities along the way. Exploring globalisation, the case is made for design graduates to embrace unusual opportunities that can improve the world, such as work in the areas of humanitarian relief, green energy, and an ageing population.

Harnessing Structures: making them do what you want

13-8-09 For Year 1 undergraduate Architecture. Co-ordinator: Joanne Jakovich.
An exploration of mechanisms, dynamics, as well as tips and tricks designers using advanced lightweight structures or kinetic systems. The lecture uses a rich diversity of examples, from construction diggers, through to termites, soap bubbles and baked bean cans.

Design Differences, community Identities: working with communities

4-9-09 For Design Studies. Co-ordinator: Vicki Karaminas.
Introduced with a discussion on liberalism, activism and gloabalisation. This talk featured the work led by Tom Barker in Ghana, Africa, from 2008-9. The “GoGlobal Ghana” project brought together graduate designer students from the Royal College of Art, students from KNUST Kumasi University, artisans and commercial partners. The purpose was a collaboration to develop contemporary designs for the western market, and to explore the establishment of a “design for developing countries” research centre at KNUST.

Dr Hank Haeusler + Tom Barker


Sydney Design public lecture 6th August ‘living architecture: how to design a digital media façade’ with Hank Haeusler. How to create a building for a digital city. As the world waits for the next generation of architecture, designers more than ever have to take on new media skills and understanding in preparation. Richly presented with video footage of the world’s most exciting animated facades, this lecture is a hands-on talk about the do’s and don’ts when designing a media facade, explaining the background of what one has to consider when starting with a new building design, or an existing location.