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AcrossRCA Cross-disciplinary Project 2015: Changed Space

Improving lives through space and satellites

26- 30 October 2015

Part of AcrossRCA interdisciplinary collaboration week at the RCA

In partnership with The Satellite Applications Catapult, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design introduced and guided students through people-centred design processes and methods, assisting them to engage with and create possibilities for space exploration or satellite technology to improve the quality of people’s lives.

Satellites bring excellent potential for observation, communication and navigation. Multi-disciplinary collaboration was especially encouraged. The workshop explored what the future could hold for satellite applications to meaningfully contribute to the way people live and considered:

  • What are the people-centred design possibilities for current satellite technologies, for example in transportation, agriculture or surveillance?
  • How can satellite applications be democratised, contributing to social innovation, community engagement and ethical exploitation?
  • How might space exploration inspire change or influence the way that people and society function in the future?


Day 1: Discover: Scene setting
Day 2: Define: User research, identify opportunities
Day 3: Develop: Developing concepts
Day 4: Deliver: Refine ideas, present solutions

Group One 
Farm to Fork: Meet your food

  • Maria Euler, RCA IED
  • Heng Gu, RCA Printmaking
  • Sean Hammett, RCA IDE
  • Macarena Rojas, RCA Sculpture
  • Eunkyung Shin, RCA IDE
  • Han Su, RCA Design Products
An application to educate and connect people, especially children, about the origin, quality and background of the food they eat. It is an interactive game application that is organic – regional or fair-trade food is rewarded based on the effort invested into finding information about the food. The team wanted to create an incentive to encourage consuming more responsibly. The game aims to reconnect people in an urban environment with food origins, by using a playful method to regain ‘gustatorial intelligence’. 

Group Two
Mobility in Cities: Lost in space 

  • Joshua Hayes Davidson, RCA Visual Communication
  • Carolyn Kirchner, RCA Architecture
  • Maya Pindeus, RCA IDE
  • Andrew Stack, RCA IDE

How do you impart a ’sense of direction’ to help people to better engage with their city? The team designed a device that uses satellite data and lets you freely explore a city without the distractions of personal technology. 

Group Three

Space: No longer the final frontier

The team designed:

  • A self sustainable module: comprising of a visor interface with voice controlled display for realtime audiovisual communication; a BPU for storage and to process moon dust and lunar soil to power the functions of the space suit ; extraction boots to collect moon dust and lunar soils and sense information from the surface of the moon.
  • An interest driven module: to be located on the edge of the Shackleton crater near the South Pole for maximum amount of sunlight. It will use lunar soil and dust for insulation of space modules and each module will be driven by the interests of people on earth.

Group Four
CareFree: Community surveillance system

  • Ji Yue Deng, RCA Printmaking
  • Stanley Tan Hanjie, RCA Architecture
  • Seunghee Lim, RCA Menswear
  • Jack O’Leary McNeice, RCA IDE
  • Marie Tricaud, RCA IDE

CareFree is a community surveillance system to help connect people in local communities and encourage social care. Using input on a simple, physical device, people in need of care can control when and what kind of care they require. Helpers are notified on an app when they are near to these people. They can then choose to call the person who needs care if they can help. CareFree could give people control over what care they need and encourage closer bonds of community among people who are becoming isolated from one another.

See PDF of Posters from all projects here

Project Leaders: Dr Chris McGinley, Gail Ramster