Rethinking the human scale model for the built environment is critical to designing a human-centered future

From the ancient Greco-Roman Classical Order to Le Corbusier’s Le Modulor, the human scale model for the built environment was based on the physical proportions of a 6ft male. In present-day urban design, these models which governed the humanistic aspect of architecture for over 2,000 years, have now become outdated. This is mainly due to scientific and technological advances. Cognitive environments are another major contributor as they have expanded our reach through haptic and virtual devices. The establishment of digitally generated architecture has, in both its digital and built state, begun to display elements of non-human-centeredness. Without a human scale model to apply to future developments, there is a potential that these new tools will be unwieldy. This could mean that a human-centered future in a robotically built world will be greatly challenged.



As a designer committed to exploring the potential of technology, Sarah Ceravolo has embraced computational design processes and fabrication methods to achieve optimal and dynamic functional form. With a background in Fine Arts and Architecture, Sarah has developed a design-focused skillset ranging from gold and silver-smithing to conceptual data driven architecture and major city planning.

Having already exhibited at the Beijing Biennale, Sarah then presented  at the 2012 Venice Biennale Space Symposium.  She launched a collection of work at the National Gallery of Victoria’s Design Week exhibition and Wanted Design in New York.   Her solo Melbourne exhibition, Tango of the Minimal Surface launched Convolo Design and took place at Fortyfive Downstairs in Melbourne, Australia.



Date & time

3–4pm 23 Aug 2019


Room: Seminar Room R214


Sarah Ceravolo

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