cultivating ecological and social design innovation
in the built environment
Design Think Lab founder, Sarah Naarden is co leading a speculative biodesign studio with Alexi Freeman. The studio explores Regenerative co-design opportunities within the circular economy.
Design Think Lab proudly co-produced a symposium bridging neuroscience and design with 4 keynote speakers and 8 workshops. The collaboration was with Tansel Ali 4 x Australian Memory champion and coach for Todd Sampson in ABC's TV series 'Redesign your Brain'
Design Think Tank
Design Think Lab collaborates with fellow thought leaders, in a think tank to champion social and design innovation addressing the most challenging issues of our time.
DesignThink Lab optimises diverse and
inclusive participation with innovative community engagement programs. These comprise of: ideation and prototype workshops, community awareness events, public exhibitions and crowd- funding campaigns which ultimately lead to a built environment project.
Whilst exceeding stakeholder expectations, the bespoke process aims to empower the voices first people, old people, young people,cultural and gender diversity.
The Healing Garden
Design Think Lab is passionate about creating social change through urban renewal, landscape,architectural and interior design projects.
In effort to Close the Gap in Indigenous health an Aboriginal Healing Garden was created through the Design Think Tank at Monash Health. It comprised of Indigenous Elders,medical professionals, architects, social workers, journalists, artists and philanthropists. In 2014, it was recognized by the Australian Federal Government with a Community Service Award
The Healing Garden forms part of a series including: a Sensory and Memory Garden for children and an Intergeneration Garden for culturally diverse communities.
The Hughaus Project
Design Think Lab is proud to launch Hughaus, a rethinking of the granny flat with aim to strengthen intergenerational connection.
Hughaus is a prefabricated micro apartment featuring elegant design and seamless accessibility. It cleverly transitions from a home office, carers space, holiday rental to seniors residence.
The Hughaus Project enables older people to thrive in the homes and communities they choose by attracting young people and families to volunteer care roles in exchange for their rent.