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Lakhnu Project Fundraiser

By Joshua Reid 30 July 2014 News No Comments »

Past and present students and staff, friends and family are invited to an unforgettable evening showcasing Curtin University School of Built Environment and IREAD (India Rural Education and Development)’s Lakhnu Rural Development Project achievements.

Join us for an event to remember and help make a difference to a rural Indian community in need. The Lakhnu project work is committed to assisting in the sustainable development of this village. All proceeds of this event will go towards future project work in the village.

  • Only 20% of villagers have access to toilets
  • Highest school education available to children is year 8
  • Issues of sanitation, safety and economic opportunity
  • Decline of culturally significant heritage buildings

At the Lakhnu fundraiser event we promise you a night of inspiration, entertainment and the chance to make a difference.

  • Door prizes
  • Raffles and silent auction
  • Indian food, tea and coffee provided
  • Bar services

Thursday 14th August 6pm – 8pm
Common Ground Café (Building 104) Curtin University, Bentley
Tickets $25

Please register your interest and/or reserve your tickets by Monday 11th August. Contact Leigh at:

The Big Idea

By Salome Husselmann 20 June 2014 events Students No Comments »
23 May 2016to24 May 2016

Hone your professional skills with the help of prominent Australian business leaders and mentors!

The Big Idea is a national competition run by The Big Issue, Australia’s longest standing and most significant social enterprise. The WIL team invites enterprising Curtin University students to form a team of two to six people, to develop a business plan that makes an impact on the lives of others.

Applicants will work under the guidance and Mentorship of industry professionals and renowned business leaders, have access to an authentic industry experience that includes writing achievable proposals and plans, innovative thinking , and collaboration with others in their field.

The selected Curtin team will win a trip to Melbourne to compete in the national finals and the winners will see their proposed idea come to fruition.

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To find out more about the competition, please visit The Big Idea website

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3D Design Students

By Salome Husselmann 9 June 2014 design events staff Students No Comments »

Curtin University presents 3D Design Students

Product, Furniture, Jewellery

Lauren Meintjes: is creating pendants with cartoon themes

Lauren Meintjes: is creating pendants with cartoon themes

The latest and greatest 3D Designs as presented by third year students from Curtin University’s 3D Design course will be on show for one day only at Many 6160 in Fremantle on Friday the 13th of June 2014.

The exhibition will showcase designs across a range of media and materials, from conceptual product designs through to furniture and jewellery pieces.

Objects will be on show at Many 6160 in Fremantle just off Kings Square for one day only, on Friday 13 June 2014. The exhibition is open from 10am until 6pm.

So come down and show some community support for these emerging Western Australian designers or to discover a cutting edge design piece for addition to your collection. Items are for sale on the day.

DATE: Friday, 13 June 2014
10am – 6pm
MANY 6160, Ground Floor, Kings Square, 2 Newman Court, Fremantle.

Oscar is creating a kite surfing repair kit.

Oscar is creating a kite surfing repair kit.

Innovo: Conventions Undone

By Rachel Lindsay 9 June 2014 events staff Students No Comments »

You’re invited to ‘Innovo: Conventions Undone’ – a fashion and textiles exhibition showcasing some of Curtin’s graduate work.

Innovo aims to examine the source of innovation; the unique stimulus fuelling the design process which is brought to life through fashion and textiles.

Dates: Tuesday 10 to Sunday 15 June, 2014
Times: 10 am to 5pm daily
Location: Nyisztor studio, 391 Canning Hwy (cnr Stock Rd), Melville

The premise for the development of ‘Innovo: Conventions Undone’ is to showcase fashion as more than garment and challenge preconceived illusions through an investigation into the source of innovation; to examine the unique stimulus fuelling the design process which is brought to life through garment.

We aim to do this by presenting conceptually driven fashion forms that capture the viewer with not only material and technique, but an imperative need to understand the inspiration behind each design. This exhibition will focus on the presentation of works that explore the relationship between form, body and concept ultimately encouraging a deeper dialogue between viewer and installation.

Cordelia Gibbs
Elena Bollweg
Jessica Moro
Katie O’Neill
Samantha Spini
Shahira Salih
Shinead Ruby

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Art and science collide ‘On Cloud Seven’

By Rachel Lindsay 28 May 2014 art events News staff No Comments »

The worlds of art and science collide in ‘On Cloud Seven’, a solo exhibition by international artist and Curtin University School of Design and Art lecturer, Dr Ioannis Michaloudis.

The exhibition to be held at the Perth Town Hall between June 6 and 14 showcases Dr Michaloudis’ pioneering work using the space technology nanomaterial silica aerogel, the lightest solid known.

Silica aerogel is used by NASA as a heat insulator for spacecraft and for the collection of ‘stardust’.

Dr Michaloudis is the first artist to introduce the material into the visual arts. Since 2001 he has based numerous research projects on this space technology.

‘On Cloud Seven’ will feature one sculpture, three photos and nineteen wall artworks.

The exhibition will be opened by the Greek Ambassador to Australia, Mr Haris Dafaranos and exhibition curator, Mrs Eva Dafaranos on their official visit to Western Australia.

‘On Cloud Seven’ is a public representation of a broader research concept called Etherospermia: The sky-seeding project, developed with master degree student Luke Aleksandrow and presented to the 64th International Astronautical Congress in Beijing last September.

Through Etherospermia, Dr Michaloudis interacts with scientists to imagine how silica aerogel might be used in the future to create new atmospheres on other planets and make them habitable.

Dr Michaloudis considers silica aerogel to be a personification of our ‘breaking sky’ and his artworks represent a potential scientific response to the destruction of the ozone layer.

“Etherospermia examines the potential use of silica aerogel for the cultural utilization of space. This is based on the concept that humans will in future need to cultivate ‘new skies’ in response to the breaking of our atmosphere’s dome,” Dr Michaloudis said.

“In this era of space exploration, it is clear that humans need to develop new survival skills. It is also clear that science and art need to collaborate more closely. Etherospermia provides a link between imaginability, experiment and representation in both science and art”.

The Etherospermia project pursues the creation of new atmospheres on other planets to draw attention to the degradation and destruction of the earth’s protective veil.

“Imagine an astronaut on a space-walk scattering fragments of silica aerogel into space, and these sky-spores growing into new atmospheres on other planets and making them habitable.

“The artworks are presented as an allegory for how scientists could see the world from an artistic point of view. The art goes beyond science, and the artworks are symbols for generating new ideas and thinking,” Dr Michaloudis said.

The Etherospermia research paper, co-authored by Dr Michael Seats at the Curtin Learning Centre, has been selected for publication in the Acta Astronautica journal, sponsored by the International Academy of Astronautics. It also forms the basis of presentations delivered by Dr Michaloudis at various international astronautical conferences.

Dr Michaloudis said scientists loved the concept. “They are like excited children when they begin to imagine the limitless possibilities of art and science colliding”.

The exhibition is dedicated to the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Perth and Kastellorizo, a Greek island of international repute and beauty in the south-east Aegean Sea.

By Anthony Mackaiser

Curtin filmmaker gets standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival

By Rachel Lindsay 28 May 2014 awards FTV News Students No Comments »

Curtin Screen Arts alumni Zak Hilditch’s end-of-the-world thriller ‘These Final Hours’ received a standing ovation last week at the Cannes Film Festival, arguably the world’s most prestigious international festivals. Hilditch was joined on the red carpet by leading man Nathan Phillips (of ‘Wolf Creek’ fame) and fellow Curtin graduate actress Jessica De Gouw who is herself making big waves in television in the US and UK.

The film tells the story of a self-obsessed young man who makes his way to the party-to-end-all-parties on the last day on Earth, but ends up saving the life of a little girl searching for her father along the way. It premiered in 2013 at the Melbourne International Film Festival, where it picked up The Age Critics Award for best Australian film at the festival.

Hilditch, who is the first WA director to have a feature film in competition at Cannes, graduated from Curtin with Honours in Screen Arts in 2004, and credits Curtin lecturers Ken Miller and Ron Elliot with guiding him in the right direction.

Australian audiences will get to judge for themselves when the film is set for release in cinemas Australia-wide on 31 July 2014.

Climate Change: Making it Matter to People

By Salome Husselmann 9 May 2014 events sustainability No Comments »

You are invited to an afternoon seminar with Associate Professor Laura Stocker

Laura’s research with the Coastal Collaboration Cluster over the last few years has focussed on how coastal climate science can be made more relevant to decision makers, managers, professionals and the general public. Together with Cluster leader David Wood and other project researchers, Laura has explored boundary-spanning theory and the role of art, participatory mapping workshops and scenario testing in the communication and uptake of climate change science. Laura has also made links between Indigenous  knowledge of climate change and Western science. In this seminar, Laura will present some findings from the Coastal Collaboration Cluster’s research.

Date: May 15th
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Venue: Bankwest Lecture Theatre,  Building 200a Room 220, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley
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Making Australia Home: Interview Series

By Salome Husselmann 9 May 2014 events News No Comments »

You’re invited to attend the penultimate interview in the HOME (History of Migrant Experience) series.

In this interview, former ABC reporter Verity James will interview: Professor Lyn Beazley and Dr Diana Jones – two of this states leading women scientists, both of whom emigrated from the United Kingdom and created families, lives and careers in WA.

DATE: Sunday 18 May 2014
TIME: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
VENUE: NWS Shipping Theatre, Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay, Fremantle
RSVP: Free Event

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Curtin’s Global Classroom features in the Festival of Learning

By Salome Husselmann 1 April 2014 events FTV Students No Comments »

The school of Media, Culture and Creative Arts’ Global Classroom project, Earth-sky-us was featured as a highly dynamic teaching method in Curtin University’s Festival of learning earlier this month.

Earth-sky-us is a collaborative project by media students at Curtin and at Zhejiang University of Media and Communications (ZUMC) in China. The students work together to create a web documentary on the subject of sustainability.

The project uses Cisco telepresence technology, which enables the students to work together on the project in real-time, exchange ideas and obtain feedback on individual projects. Students have also had the opportunity to meet their counterparts on the other side of the global classroom during study tours to the ZUMC campus in Hangzhou, China.

Earth-sky-us was the only program featured as an example of China-Australia higher education collaboration at the 2013 launch of the new initiative of Study Perth, attended by WA Premier Colin Barnett in China.

Curtin and ZUMC have maintained a strong relationship since signing a formal agreement in 2010. In 2013, John Curtin Distinguished Professor, John Hartley, was appointed as an Honorary Professor of Zhejiang University of Media and Communications.

More recently, Curtin hosted a two week induction program for six PhD candidates from ZUMC to introduce them to the Curtin campus, Faculty of Humanities researchers and post-graduate candidates. Of these six PhD candidates, three will be awarded full scholarships to undertake PhD studies at Curtin.

Australian High Commission Office Welcomes Curtin Built Environment students in Delhi

By Salome Husselmann 1 April 2014 architecture interior architecture News Students No Comments »

Students from Curtin University’s School of Built Environment had the opportunity to present their work to the Australian High Commission Office in Delhi on an international fieldtrip to India in February 2014.

Curtin Built Environment students at the Australian High Commission in India. Photo credits to Associate Professor Reena Tiwari.

Curtin Built Environment students at the Australian High Commission in India. Photo credits to Associate Professor Reena Tiwari.

From the 4th – 18th February, 20 students from the Departments of Architecture, Interior Architecture, Construction Management and Planning travelled to India to complete the 2014 phase of the Lakhnu Project.

Project Director, Associate Professor Reena Tiwari, Professor John Stephens, Mr Jake Schapper and Mr Michael Philips led the group of students during their time in Lakhnu, Uttar Pradesh.

During their time in Lakhnu the students co-designed and co-built an education play facility for the children of the village. After community consultations, Project director, Associate Professor Tiwari says they are ready to construct public and cluster toilets for the 2015 phase of the project.

The Lakhnu Project engages the whole village community. From design to construction, the local children, men and women of the community were involved.

“Engaging the whole community led to their sense of ownership towards the facility being built and a hope for future maintenance and upkeep of the facility by the community.”  Associate Professor Tiwari said.

At the end of the trip the students were given the opportunity to present their work at the Australian High Commission. The students worked in four groups; dealing with four different aspects of the project. The Deputy High Commissioner, Mr Bernard Philips, welcomed the students as one representative of each group spoke about the project.

Project Director, Assocate Professor Tiwari noted “The Presentation enabled the students to reflect on their work and its tangible and intangible outcomes for the village community as well as its learning outcomes for themselves. Presenting before an esteem audience helped build their confidence and pride in what they were doing.”

High Commission members, representatives from the Water Aid and from the United Nations Development Program attended the presentation.

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