• PhD Thesis: Translocated Making in Experimental Collaborative Design Projects

Hall, Ashley, 2013, Thesis, PhD Thesis: Translocated Making in Experimental Collaborative Design Projects PhD thesis, University of Technology Sydney.

Abstract or Description:

This thesis examines the activity of designing and making across geographical distances.
Through critical reflection on the author’s own design practice, and the initiation of new
collaborative design projects, the thesis develops and tests the concept of translocated
making. Translocated making is explored as a form of production where activity, influence,
media and understanding are shared across multiple locations, both physically and
The author’s own design practice is situated and analysed in the context of how the
manufacturing possibilities of mature western markets have developed since the 1990s.
With the rise of digital technologies, greater degrees of interaction and collaboration
between designer and manufacturer have been enabled; however, it is found that the
effects of geographical and cultural distance on designing and making have not been
systematically researched, nor understood from the perspective of the designer as
creative agent.
Drawing on theories of cultural interaction, and in particular Appadurai’s theory of
suffixscapes, the thesis sets out a framework for experimenting with and analysing the
effects of cultural and geographical difference on designing and making. Collaboration
across distance is established as a key mode of designing and making, bringing to light the
effects of difference in design outcomes. Gujarat in India is the location for a series of
design projects in urban and remote locations. These are investigated through designing
research and researching through design methods.
New knowledge is articulated through the way in which the design projects allow for the
testing and reflection upon theories of cultural interaction. The experimental design
methods employed in the projects show how exchanging differences through
collaboration in digital and analogue media can create new artefacts with hybrid cultural
The value of this research for designers and makers in advanced and developing
economies is through helping them to understand the possibilities of collaboration across
geographical distance. For academics and researchers the value lies in critiquing and
further developing practice-based design research methods, and in exploring the longerterm
strategic, creative and cultural changes that globalisation and digital technologies
are bringing to all forms of design and manufacture.

Qualification Name: PhD
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W240 Industrial/Product Design
School or Centre: School of Design
Funders: Australian Government, UTS Vice Chancellors Scholarship
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2013 14:29
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2018 14:26
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/1520
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