The Exchange at Knowledge Market is a 12-month research partnership between LendLease and RMIT University based at Victoria Harbour in the Docklands. It sees a team of RMIT designers, social scientists and students embedded in the site, leading a series of design studios, research projects and public engagement activities. It is a living laboratory, taking advantage of a unique moment in the development of Victoria Harbour to investigate questions that apply to urban environments around the world. The Exchange at Knowledge Market is also a prototype for community engagement that can be adopted in different ways by governments, councils, developers and communities around the world.
It has three main components:
- A full year of RMIT student studios that investigate and design for urban futures, using Victoria Harbour as a living lab for their work.
- A series of linked design ethnography research projects that focus on what makes a sustainable, diverse and digitally connected community. This will include asking local residents and workers how they understand and experience the precinct and what their aspirations are for Victoria Harbour, and the development of design installations to explore these further.
- A schedule of public workshops, forums and other events that will engage directly with the community, and that will bring a range of experts to speak on some of the challenges facing cities today.