SmartSKIN explored how existing public realm spaces can be transformed through the introduction of interactive and responsive surfaces. The studio considered an urban skin as a multilayered sculptural surface that responds to its surrounding environment through its geometrical features, materiality and technology. The outcomes of the studio included a playground, additive vertical green wall structures and interfaces between the streets and buildings to improve the existing public realm.
The studio was a collaboration between RMIT’s Master of Design, Innovation and Technology (MDIT) and Master of Landscape Architecture in conjunction with Hansen Partnership and City of Melbourne. Students worked on a series of live practice projects and used 3D scanner, point cloud, Rhino/Grasshopper/Revit and different digital fabrications to respond to the related themes of the sites.