UNSW Art & Design offers students global opportunities for exchange and international learning experiences.
One of these intensive learning experinces is offered in one of China’s busiest cities, Chongqing. Participating students join in collaborative real-life learning projects and exhibitions. The project - mad.lab - has been created to provide direct experience to creative students to live and study in a rapidly growing World city addressing complex planning, growth and environmental challenges.
Now in its third year, mad.lab 2017 will take a new group of students to Jiu Jie Street in the Guanyinqiao precinct, one of Chongqing’s four CBD cores to explore the theme of “weaving the city”. The goal is to explore how design can inform social interactions and conversations facilitated by digital media embedded within the urban fabric.
mad.lab explores roles for design and creativity in the context of Chongqing’s rapid ongoing transformation. The goal of the project is to break down the barriers to more considered and shared urban futures. mad.lab stimulates students to consider ways to advance Chongqing’s development through new services, products, applications, and site-specific innovations.
The mad.lab student experience builds critical transcultural literacies required to engage with the emerging design challenges in the Asia region.
mad.lab is a once-in-a-life-time, creative learning experience that integrates the interdisciplinary art, design, and architecture programs at UNSW in the context of one of the world’s fastest growing cities.
The Australian Government supports mad.lab through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's New Colombo Plan initiative. For 2017, 17 students will receive a scholarship worth $2000 to support their study expenses.
How to Apply: Current students are able to participate in mad.lab by enrolling in the elective SDES3801 Special Project mad.lab Chongqing. Acceptance into the elective is by application.
For more information and an application form, please contact Dr Ian McArthur at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information sessions will also be held. Dates and venue to be announced.