Spatial culture, learning and design: shifting ecologies of practice

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Susan C Stewart
Susan Sherringham


Design interventions into environments reshape the ecologies of practice that the environment has participated in, housed or enabled. This paper draws upon research into the complex ecologies of next-generation learning practices and the respondent interior design practices that facilitate and sustain the evolution of those ecologies. The role of the interior designer is expanded to include not only the design of objects, communications and their contexts but also the design of processes through which these may be conceived and understood. Through cross-disciplinary methods and theories the design of an inclusive and responsive process highlights the ecological nature of interior design interventions.

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Stewart, Susan C, and Susan Sherringham. 2010. “Spatial Culture, Learning and design:: Shifting Ecologies of Practice”. idea journal 10 (1):14-23.
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Author Biographies

Susan C Stewart, University of Technology Sydney

Susan C Stewart is a theorist and academic in the Design school of the Faculty of Design Architecture and building, at the University of Technology Sydney. her research interests include design theory, embedding theory in practice, spatial and material culture, design history, practice theory, design for sustainable everyday practices, ethics and the cultivation of judgment. Susan practiced architecture for six years before returning to the academy to gain a doctorate and pursue her passion for design within critical and educational contexts.

Susan Sherringham, University of Technology Sydney

Susan Sherringham has worked as an interior and spatial designer in cross-disciplinary practices for over 20 years. Currently she is a senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Design Architecture and building at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). she is the project Leader on an Australian Learning and Teaching Council priority project concerning the design and evaluation of learning spaces. her current postgraduate research focuses on adaptive expertise, systems thinking, organizational learning, life-long learning and design culture.