Exhibition Design for Life will temporarily close for updates on the 21 October 2020 and will reopen again on the following day 22 October 2020. We do apologise for any inconvenience.
Design for Life explores the central role of design in the health and medical sectors, showcasing design innovation in the creation of equipment, devices, tools and apparatus that save and improve the quality of human life. Local design industry collaborations are presented alongside the Powerhouse’s collection of medical and scientific materials from the late 1800s to the present day, highlighting the trajectory of these sectors.
The Heart and Monitoring
Over the last century, a global increase in heart failure has prompted medical researchers, engineers and designers to develop lifesaving equipment and devices that can control abnormal heart rhythms and provide mechanical support.
Blood and Analysis
Designers and medical experts are working together to bring lab accuracy to the wider community, with devices that allow us to test blood quickly and with more precision, including in our homes and in regional areas.
Breath and Resuscitation
Respiratory illnesses have been prevalent throughout history and we have long sought to understand the relationship between the blood, heart and lungs. Today our knowledge of the respiratory system allows us to design highly customised support devices, such as ventilators, masks and respirators.
Medicine and Drugs
Today, complex medications are designed to exploit weaknesses in bacteria, viruses and cancers. The safe use of these pharmaceuticals is assisted by designers with specialist knowledge in user experience and visual communication.
Extension and Modification
For centuries, injury, disease and congenital disorders necessitated the modification of the human body. Today, scientists, researchers and designers are focused on extending our biological capabilities, by pushing the human body to new limits.
Plan Your Experience
These objects have been selected for their design innovation at the time of their creation and have helped save and improve the quality of human life.
Uncover the intriguing history of medical leeches, a global industry connected to Australia’s gold rush.
Learn how 3D printing is being used in different ways by surgeons, to rehearse procedures and replace bone.
Discover a brief history of prosthetics dating back to at least 300 BCE and the Roman Empire.