Relevant books by RMIT University staff

Practice based design research   Edited by Laurene Vaughan   Bloomsbury, 2017

‘Practice-Based Design Research provides a companion to masters and PhD programs in design research through practice. The contributors address a range of models and approaches to practice-based research, consider relationships between industry and academia, researchers and designers, discuss initiatives to support students and faculty during the research process, and explore how students’ experiences of undertaking practice-based research has impacted their future design and research practice. The text is illustrated throughout with case study examples by authors who have set up, taught or undertaken practice-based design research, in a range of national and institutional contexts.’   Bloomsberry Publishing

Practical Poetics in Architecture  Leon van Schaik, AD Primer, Wiley, 2015   

‘With an emphasis on analysing and explaining the sensibility of poetics at work in designing and constructing architecture, this book features projects from architects around the world that demonstrate the principles of poetics come to life. The rich illustration of two hundred colour images, including analytical diagrams, plans, sections, and photos, make this insightful guide a highly visual foray into a topic that has thus far remained more theoretical than practical. The text is matter-of-fact and concrete, yet remains richly connected to its forbears and the writings of William Lethaby, Gaston Bachelard, and Steen Eiler Rasmussen. The perspective is contemporary in its examples and its connections to the evolving science of perception.   Poetics — the accumulated experience of place, space, and culture — has become more critical in recent years as the atmospheric and experiential qualities of built spaces have become more elusive in the virtual age. Practical Poetics in Architecture provides real guidance for real projects, and brings poetics out of the mind and onto the plans.’    RMIT Architecture & Urban Design

Places made after their stories   Paul Carter   UWA Publishing 2015

‘How is emotional meaning found in places? How can creating new urban spaces be a vehicle for less adversarial forms of political coexistence, new customs of social innovation? Places Made After Their Stories shows how the emotional geographies we carry inside us and the ecstatic desire at the heart of democratic community-making can come together to inform contemporary landscape and urban design.’    UWA Publishing

Material Thinking: The Theory and Practice of Creative Research  Paul Carter, Melbourne University Press, 2014

Material Thinking is a ground-breaking book for artists, and for those who study or teach in the arts.
Author and artist Paul Carter provides an intimate, first-hand account of how ideas are turned into works, and how the material thinking these artworks embody produces new understandings about ourselves, our histories and the culture we inhabit.
Taking as his subject several artistic collaborations which resulted in performances, exhibitions or videos, Carter explores how each unfolded. In the course of this analysis he constructs a philosophy of how the practice and theory of making art are interconnected, a philosophy powerful enough to provide an intellectual underpinning for the new, and still developing, field of creative research.
‘Here is startling, practical erudition. Prodigious book-learning is laced with real understanding of what it means to make art, to infuse sullen matter with something rousing, delicate and vital.’    Professor Ross Gibson, University of Canberra

The Practice of Spatial Thinking: Differentiation Processes    Leon van Schaik, SueAnne Ware, Colin Fudge, Geoffrey London
sixpointsixone, 2013

‘The research presented in this first volume and carried out in Australia as part of an Australian Research Council Discovery Program is of significance for design practice, review, and our deeper understanding of the design of space and spaces. In continuing the exploration of spatial intelligence, this research further develops our understanding of designers, how they work and what they draw on through their lives that shapes their spatial thinking, and their practice. The research also provides broader insights into a more public understanding and acknowledgement of our collective spatial intelligence. It shows how this could be developed and enhanced to provide more spatial and design literacy in our communities, and how these can engage with their changing environments.’    RMIT Architecture & Urban Design

Supervising Practices for Postgraduate Research in Art, Architecture and Design    Brent Allpress, Robyn Barnacle, Lesley Duxbury, Elizabeth Grierson   Sense Publishers, 2012

‘Supervising Practices for Postgraduate Research in Art, Architecture and Design offers insights into supervisory practices in creative and design-based research by academics at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Australia. The book focuses on practices of supervising candidates who are undertaking postgraduate research in art, architecture, design and creative writing. It addresses a decisive shift in the academy towards an emphasis on applied practice-led research undertaken through project-based investigations. This model articulates an effective means to conduct research on knowledge both embodied in, and discovered through creative and design practices. Such knowledge can be understood in the context of broad socio-cultural changes in which creative and applied practice is defining and leading cultural, scientific, technological and creative economies.’

Architecture and Design by Practice, by Invitation Design Practice Research at RMIT  (The Pink Book) . Leon van Schaik and Anna Johnson . sixpointsixone, 2011

‘Design Practice Research at RMIT is a longstanding program of research into what venturous designers actually do when they design. It is probably the most enduring and sustained body of research of its kind: empirical, evidence-based and surfacing evidence about design practice. It is a growing force in the world, with a burgeoning program of research in Asia, Oceania and Europe. This book documents some of its past achievements.
Two kinds of knowledge are created by the research. One concerns the ways in which designers marshal their intelligence, especially their spatial intelligence, to construct the mental space within which they practice design. The other reveals how public behaviours are invented and used to support design practice. This new knowledge combined is the contribution that this research makes to the field of design practice research.’    RMIT Architecture & Urban Design

Spatial Intelligence: New Futures in Architecture   Leon van Schaik,    AD Primer, Wiley, 2008

‘Spatial intelligence is one of man’s most underrated human capabilities. The result of millions of years of evolution, it enables us to navigate our way through our daily lives. Despite architecture’s dependence on spatial knowledge and experience, the discipline remains bereft of a theoretical underpinning. Understanding and knowledge of space is only pursued through precedent and challenged with experience, but the role of every individual’s history in space, the unfolding and developing of their spatial intelligence is largely unaccounted for. The book is organised into three sections that highlight the significance of spatial intelligence for architecture: the first section provides an overview of spatial intelligence as a human capability; the second section argues how the acknowledgement of this capability in architectural education and the profession should enable the demystification of the practice of design and the final section explores exciting new opportunities for practice in the linking of real and virtual environments in the information age.’    RMIT Architecture & Urban Design

Mastering Architecture: Becoming a Creative Innovator In Practice   Leon van Schaik,    Wiley, 2005

‘This book is a touchstone for architects who want to get back to a creative form of practice, in order to continue progressing and evolving their work… Mastering Architecture draws on the research of approximately fifty architects who have taken a close look at the nature of their own mastery. This research into mastery reveals things that every practitioner should know about their creative practice – things which most architects are only aware of at an intuitive level. The book flags up personal attributes, such as stamina, creative energy and intellectual capital, which are intrinsic to dynamic practice. It also suggests ways in which practitioners can self-curate their positions within the triangle of their creativity, evolving not only the cultural structure of their profession but the wider world in which they operate.   BOOK JACKET

Studies in design research: ten epistemological pavilions
Peter Downton,     RMIT University Press, Melbourne, Australia 2004

 Invention Intervention
M. Douglas (ed.),     RMIT University Press, Melbourne, Australia 2004
Design research   By Peter Downton (Retired) Emeritus Professor of Design Research at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia 2003

‘This book argues that design in the fields of architecture, interior design, fashion, industrial design, landscape architecture, and communication design, is a way of inquiring, a way of producing knowing and knowledge. Acceptance of this proposition means designing is a way of researching, since the production of knowledge is central to researching in sciences. The text distinguishes various forms of research used in design, but concentrates on researching through the practices of designing activities themselves. Originally published in 2003, the book has been found useful to people working in wider areas including theatre, performance, craft, and film. This slightly revised edition has been specially prepared for Kindle to satisfy a new readership.’    Amazon

Fin de Siècle? and the twenty-first century. Architectures of Melbourne     
Contributors: Norman Day; Peter Elliott; Nonda Katsalidis; Allan Powell; Howard Raggatt; Ivan Rijavec; Alex Selenitsch; Micheal Trudgeon.    Introduction: Leon van Schaik. RMIT 1993