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 common design studio 

this cookbook is a collection of recipes for action. there are proposals, provocations, prompts, and other calls to action. 

ideas for humanity:
a cookbook for planetary health

common design studio is an international collaborative design project, involving students and staff from rmit university melbourne and vietnam as well as london college of communication / university of arts london and elisava, barcelona. the studio seeks to address non-trivial issues that connect participants in different parts of the world through a concern for planetary health. we explore positive futures made possible through knowledge sharing and design as a means of action.

the studio shares the the capacity of design to bring together global communities to collaborate on sustainable design futures. the proposals are framed as a cookbook of recipes that can incite positive collective action and encourage creative resistance.

for several years the studio has engaged students and lecturers from rmit university (melbourne), london college of communication (london), rmit university vietnam and elisava (barcelona) along with industry and research experts.


in 2024 cds:mycocosm brings together lecturers and undergraduate and postgraduate students from lcc–london, elisava–barcelona, rmit vietnam and rmit melbourne to collaboratively investigate and reflect upon mycelium – the network of fungal threads – in relation to design.


mycology, the study of fungal organisms, describes the symbiotic processes of branching and fusing as two key parts of the development of mycelia, the complex root-like structures underlying fungal formations. (glass, 2004)


consider the concept of a mycelial network; an embodiment of ideas and processes and an interface with such embodiments. how do mycelia structures and processes relate to the formation and development of human systems such as communication and knowledge networks? how do mycelial concepts connect to your practice and the ways you interact with other entities, be they people, organisms, materials, or digital entities? how might such systems manifest within practice?

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