Tell us what you think and as a thank you, we will enter you in a prize draw to win a £10 Amazon.co.uk gift card!*

*Restrictions apply, see www.amazon.co.uk/gc-legal

Start survey

Colin Polwarth

MPhil work

A futurist study of the influence of autonomous vehicles on the built environment, behaviour and semiotics

This project examines the aesthetics, function and semiotics of the public realm aided with cyber-technologies of autonomous renewable energy vehicles (AREV) which may revolutionise functionality resulting in a novel semiotic for the public realm.

The history of the road signage, roads and transport technology is covered as separate fields of research such as; theoretical, AREV, behaviour, ethics and law, semiotics, city, planning, and economics. Multidisciplinary research will be undertaken into built environments as techno-social networks in which semiotics are essential to safe, effective functioning. The theoretical research intends to provide a project specific hypothesis.

 

The critical research question is an inquiry into the effects of technologies on human behaviour in a multidisciplinary context as a 'human platform for non-human agents in the built environment’. The research aims to further dialogue regarding the benefits for public health, safety and communication in a futurist fully AREV environment.

Info

  • Colin Polwarth
  • MPhil

    School

    School of Architecture

    Programme

    Architecture, 2017–

  • Colin is a Registered Architect with over 25 years’ experience in the design and management of a wide variety of projects. He is Director of Studio Colin Polwarth PL which specialises in architecture, urban design, and transdisciplinary expertise in fine art. He graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1991 with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and completed a Master of Architecture by research through the University of Natal, Durban in 1994, in the same year he completed a Diploma in Business Management. In 2016 he completed a Master’s Degree in Art with Excellence at UNSW Art and Design. Colin is currently a MPhil/PhD Architecture candidate at the Royal College of Art (part-time remote) researching semiotics and behaviour related to autonomous vehicles and influences on the urban environment.

  • Degrees

  • Master of Art (Excellence in painting), UNSW Art and Design, 2016; Master of Architecture, (Research) University of Natal, Durban, SA, 1994; Bachelor of Architecture, University of Cape Town, SA, 1992; Diploma in Business Management, Damelin, SA, 1992; A+ Member of the Australian Institute of Architects; Registered Architect (NSW) 6465
  • Experience

  • Colin is a Registered Architect with over 25 years' experience in the design and management of a wide variety of projects. He is Director of Studio Colin Polwarth PL which specialises in architecture, urban design, and transdisciplinary expertise in fine
  • Exhibitions

  • Desiree Resnik Gallery 1992; Black Box UNSW 2016
  • Awards

  • Multiple industry awards
  • Publications

  • M. Arch Thesis: A study of the influence of Barrie Biermann on the Architectural Culture of Southern Africa