Soumitri Varadarajan

Soumitri Varadarajan
RMIT University | RMIT · School of Design

PhD

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Introduction
Soumitri Varadarajan currently works at the School of Design, RMIT University. Soumitri does research in Industrial Design, Sustainable Design, Design for Health and Pedagogy. His current projects 'PanSupport' and 'Older and Wiser' deal with building support care ecologies for people with Cancer.
Additional affiliations
June 2017 - present
RMIT University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
December 2003 - December 2017
RMIT University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
June 1994 - December 2003
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Education
July 1998 - May 2003
June 1982 - June 1985
National Institute of Design
Field of study
  • Industrial Design
June 1977 - May 1982
Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, India
Field of study
  • Mechanical Engineering

Publications

Publications (43)
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My First Six Months (MF6M) is a learning and teaching initiative that was implemented in three first year studio courses in an undergraduate Industrial Design degree in an Australian metropolitan university.
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A presentation I made to explain my research in 2018. To an audience in Virginia, November, 2018.
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The project of design's engagement with sustainability over the past two decades has been fraught; one, the discourse has been about consumption and western lifestyles, and two, the construction of the practice of sustainability has been reactive. For a long time design positioned itself as a profession that would react to design briefs set by a cl...
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It is a reflection upon my teaching sustainability to industrial design students over two decades.
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Design in India has a unique character, defined by the nature of society, the colonial past and the academic design culture. Through history, it has been aligned with institutions of power: the government, whether imperial, colonial or post-Independence, and industry as the wielder of technology. With class structure and social hierarchy replicated...
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Educational experiences that equip undergraduate Australian industrial design students with a practice of design capable of effective engagement with Asian cultures and industries are of increasing professional importance. To enable this, the Industrial Design Program at RMIT University has had to shift paradigms. Long-held and essentially Eurocent...
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conference proceedings is the property of the author(s). Permission is granted to reproduce copies of these works for purposes relevant to the above conference, provided that the author(s), source and copyright notice are included on each copy. For other uses, including extended quotation, please contact the author(s). This paper discusses a new th...
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Diabetes is one of the leading chronic diseases affecting the lives of millions globally and early detection and treatment of this disease can serve to improve the quality of life for patients as well as suspend further health complications arising from diabetes. Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM) and Insulin Pumps (IP) have been widely deployed to...
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Religion is important and powerful. We, in design, treat it as a feature of the client ’ s brief that we have to work around (organization of spaces) or incorporate as a formal feature (furniture for religious spaces). That is a peripheral way of dealing with religion and is an example of design in a reactive utilitarian mode or as an aesthetic and...
Technical Report
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I have been working on the design of a curriculum for service design for a university in India. What follows is a reflective account of my thinking through the design. I write in the first person to stay true to the thought process that resulted in this specific design. The text is in three parts; I set up the background as a dip into the developme...
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There is much international discussion regarding the role of industrial design in a rapidly changing world. Immediate employment needs can lead to a focus on design skills and knowledge needed today. However, we also need to predict the needs of tomorrow, and recognize that industrial design exists in an increasingly complex environment, with incre...
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Ten years ago a design studio explored the possibility of a zero waste community. This led to a live demonstration project, which in turn led to the creation of a commercial recycling business servicing the community. This realization of the closed loop for solid waste then led to a similar project on water and eco-transport which further led to a...
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Design plays a marginal part in the discourse of diabetescare, mainly in visualizing the form and packaging ofmedical technologies. The authors however have a practicethat advocates that design orientated solutions can addmuch needed dimensions to problems that havetraditionally been the exclusive preserve of expertdiscourses. This position has for...
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Cloud Computing, a phrase originally coined to represent telephony grids, is now used to generically describe service systems based on distributed computing of some description. In recent years Cloud Computing has gained substantial coverage, partially due to a flood of web-based services and to the move from hardware innovation to network and soft...
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A group of management students from XLRI, Jamshedpur, undertook work experience with me in Melbourne. They were assigned a project to develop a project report/ feasibility report for a new school of design. This is their submission.
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During 2004 the Industrial Design degree at RMIT University initiated the Learner Centred Project (LCP) a teaching and learning project that aimed to enhance the culture of learning in the degree. As part of the changes to learning and teaching brought about by the project, questions were raised by teaching staff about the teaching and evaluating m...
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On 25 July in a small town in Kerala, in the south of India, it rained. The rain was red in colour. • The scientists speculate in the newspapers that a meteor may have exploded into a cloud of dust that hovered till the rain brought it down. • Is a religious oracle somewhere using this as a sign that the Gods are angered? • Are the environmentalist...
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Industrial design practice deals with China on a day-today basis; whether within manufacturers working with vendors located in China or designing on behalf of local manufacturing clients or for Chinese manufacturers. Yet despite the China-focus of the profession there is little, if any, attempt being made to rethink the way products are designed an...
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In learning design through projects undergraduate industrial design students often collaborate with staff to work in areas that involve the inclusion of people from outside the university. Such real world problems located among people can be ill defined and the outcomes uncertain. For students engaged in this type of learning, the confrontation of...
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A committee was constituted by the office of the Vice Chancellor of Delhi University to study and recommend the form of the school of design to be set up within Delhi University. The committee met four times from June to September 2003 and carried out the rest of the drafting and consultation work over email. The result of the deliberations is the...
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The Indian Institute of Technology at Delhi (IITD), in a collaboration project with Delft University of Technology (DUT), The Netherlands and with INETI, a Portuguese research institute, has initiated a project to create an Ecodesign Network in the Delhi region in India. The curricular part of the project is oriented to the development of Ecodesign...
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During the last decade (1991-2001), Ecodesign has been tested and implemented successfully in West and Northern Europe, Japan and parts of the United States. However, in many parts of the world, particularly in the newly industrializing countries in Asia, Latin and South America and Africa, experiences with Ecodesign are scarce. The Indian European...
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During the last decade (1991-2001), Ecodesign has been tested and implemented successfully in West and Northern Europe, Japan and parts of the United States. However, in many parts of the world, particularly in the newly industrializing countries in Asia, Latin and South America and Africa, experiences with Ecodesign are scarce. The Indian European...
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The Indian Institute of Technology at Delhi (IITD), in a collaboration project with Delft University of Technology (DUT), The Netherlands and with INETI, a Portuguese research institute, has initiated a project to create an Ecodesign Network in the Delhi region in India. The curricular part of the project is oriented to the development of Ecodesign...
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A Studio intensive I taught in 1999.

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I am looking at remote health. And focussed upon finding innovative ways of solving the challenge of improving the health outcomes among remote populations. Remoteness is a condition, an actor, in the network construction of the human body - is one way of constructing the human body.

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Projects (10)
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Deals with curriculum (Content) and Learner Centered (Method) ways of design education.
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Research and Writings on objects, materiality and the social construction of objects.
Archived project
To build capacity in Ecodesign: India, Netherlands, Portugal