- IntroductionGlobal
Catastrophic Risk

The term ‘Global Catastrophic Risk’ refers to the possibility of causing significant harm to human well-being on a global scale. From volcanic eruptions to pandemic infections, nuclear accidents to global tyranny, uncontrolled scientific experiments to climate change, and cosmic disasters to economic collapse, these disasters can impact all of us. How can communication design be used to influence a change in human behaviour that will aid in managing the risks? 

'Global Catastrophic Risk' is chosen to encourage students to approach the global problems of the present era with greater maturity, responsibility, and effectiveness. By the end of the semester, all these works will be showcased in the first instalment of Resilient Bodies – a collaboration between two modules, Drawing & Making and Studio – an exhibition in which ‘the making and the thinking’ come together.

Group Projects
  1. Hacker Space

  2. A Conducive Learning Space

  3. Hack Your Genes

  4. Deceptively Honest

  5. Mass Psychosis

  6. You Live In A World

  7. AIR


A Conducive Learning Space
Term 01


Response 1
Muhammad Asyraf Bin Mohd Affandee

Response 2
Joanna Bertilla

Response 3
Jaggumantri Shamita

Research summary

Lack of a conducive study environment hinders learning

The rise of the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the importance of a conducive study space. This infectious virus affected schools worldwide, closing off physical classes, causing many institutions to opt for e-learning from the comfort of their homes. Once a resting spot, homes have turned into a place of study. Many educators have put their best effort into maximizing class time, but it is still not enough to get students to concentrate.

A home is a place for various kinds of entertainment: cellphones, television, video games, and bed, to name a few. Students would have easier access to these media, pulling attention away from class time. Furthermore, the lack of ability for educators to be physically present meant rules for discipline were much looser. Focusing in class while drawing attention away from entertainment requires a great effort, mainly for younger students. Additionally, the design of a home environment may also hinder student productivity, such as tight spaces, cluttered rooms, and inadequate lighting.