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City of Melbourne & RMIT Design Challenge 2019

Co-designing inclusive, civic and sensorial moments in the city


How do we codesign for inclusive cities?

What does it mean to be a city that includes everyone, not just those most able? How can we codesign spaces of the city for and with those who live here whose experiences are different than the majority? What types of sensorial experiences should be emphasised? How can we be innovative within Melbourne’s current landscape?

The City of Melbourne and RMIT are collaborating on a design challenge about how we might codesign for inclusivity. What does an inclusive city feel like? Where are the gaps? What does it feel like, smell like, sound like? Is it different for children? Older adults? How do we codesign a city for neurodiversity? Or cultural and linguistic diversity? And how does this codesign reflect the unique experience of Melbourne?

We are seeking EOIs around this interdisciplinary provocation. It could be an idea for a sound park. Or create reflective spaces. Or a redesign of traffic lights. It could be speculative. It could be practical.

We are calling for interdisciplinary teams including academics/​students and industry to rise to the challenge. At least one member of each team must be either a student, alumni or staff of RMIT. For stage one, we are asking teams to submit an Expression of Interest. 

A short list of finalists will be chosen. If selected, each team will be remunerated $2,000 and asked to develop a plan for implementation.

Download the Challenge Brief

How it works

The following is a summary of the Challenge process:

  1. Form your interdisciplinary team.
  2. Identify the issue or challenge your team’s solution will address. 
  3. Submit your EOI, via the online form by midnight on Sunday 8th September 2019. Your Initial Entry will describe the issue you will focus on within the context of the challenge topic; your team and their expertise in the project; and why people should care about this project.
  4. We will notify shortlisted teams on or by Monday 23rd September 2019. 
  5. Shortlisted teams will further develop & refine their ideas into a robust proposal & submit their Final Entry via email by 5pm on 8th November 2019. Final Entry submission may include a requirement to give a short presentation (5−10 mins) at the RMIT Engaging for Impact event (4 – 6 February 2020).
  6. Shortlisted teams who submit a Final Entry will each receive $2,000.
  7. The winning team will be selected and notified on or by Friday 21st February 2019, they will be awarded $5,000.


Key Dates

Below are the important dates for the Challenge: 

  • midnight, Sunday 8 September 2019: Initial Entries close. 
  • Monday 23 September 2019: Notification of Shortlisted teams. 
  • 5pm, Friday 8 November 2019: Final Entries close.
  • Friday 21 February 2020: Winning entry notified.

If you are interested in participating, please download and read the full Challenge Terms & Conditions:

Download the Challenge Terms & Conditions

How do I find out more?

Once you have read the Challenge brief and Terms & Conditions, if you have any questions, please send us an email

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