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  • The Shima Seiki Knit Machine in a UTS workshop

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  • Gwyn Jones, Advanced Fabrication Supervisor:

    It's unique to us because we usually use the robots for fabrication whereas this is filming. So we've put a robot onto a robot to give us reach over the set and then that allows the camera to run robotically over and over again. 

    The challenges have been getting the software to work and linking the two robots. We've never done anything like this before. 

    Tran Dang, Robotics Technical Officer:

    The process needs to be very precisely repeated, not only repeated but the robot needs to be precise and flexible at the same time to have some very smooth movement. The hardest part, I believe, is how to put them all together correctly in the digital world and the physical world. 

    This project shows that the flexibility of a combination many robots together, could be applied for many fabrication processes in the future.

    Louis Pratt, Art Director:

    Two different post-processing languages to manipulate both robots. More creative application filmmaking, new ways of filmmaking, cost savings for rendering by making real sets, marrying a sort of a fluid filmmaking process with a D.O.P into a CGI workflow which is a unique thing. 

    Simon Rippingale, Director:

    Collaboration between the Royal Australian Air Force, between researchers here at UTS, between this Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, between an animation company up in Brisbane and also working with Indigenous creatives, screenwriters, directors. 

    It's a pretty unique coming together of different groups of people

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    Zoe: I always knew I wanted to go into the design field and then kind of scrolling through

    the UTS website, I was just looking through their architecture options when I was kind

    of reading up on Landscape Architecture it was like a perfect balance between the structural

    elements of architecture, but also involving ecology, the environment.

    I think the environment is such an important issue at the moment and to nurture it and

    protect it and to be able to do that through design is pretty amazing.

    Mark: Landscape Architecture has a huge role in shaping the human experience of the city.

    Landscape Architecture is really about designing that setting where people live out their lives.

    I'd say it's one of the best kept secrets, because people assume that it is about landscaping

    or changing landscape on a small level when really it's about life.

    It's about culture.

    The public domain is always important, because it's that place that brings people together.

    Zoe: I've been working at TYRRELLSTUDIO for seven months.

    When I started working here, it was like everything, the past three years had just clicked into place

    Hayley: Being able to work in practice while still at uni and having the two going at once,

    it makes you faster at doing little things and you get into the groove of it a lot more.

    The Western Sydney Parklands Project, it's a huge project and something that really interested

    me when I applied for the job here.

    Mark: So it's a vast and beautiful tract of land, a 1500 hectare park, which is five times

    the size of Central Park in New York, put aside as the greenbelt to limit the growth

    of Sydney in 1968 and since then, the city has leapt across that greenbelt and into western

    Sydney and more and more people will be living in western Sydney in the next 30 years, another

    one million people.

    So, there'll be a city three times the size of Canberra out there.

    So, a piece of greenbelt becomes a Central Park for these people.

    Some of the things we're doing to address the challenges of heat in that landscape are

    looking at the farm dam structure of water in that landscape.

    We're trying to take people into the coolest parts of the landscape and create these small

    areas where lots of people can gather and be in a more comfortable microclimate.

    Hayley: So what's different about working in design is that you're not stressing, typically,

    for exams and taking notes and trying to cram information.

    You're actually working in the practical world and designing things that you're interested in.

    For now, doing honours year, you're given a lot more freedom as well as you progress

    in the course.

    So, that's kind of excited me, and now I think I will be coming back for something in postgrad as well.

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