Future Planes

Peek into the future of travel as we use biomimicry to design the next-generation of planes.

New for 2020!

This program is currently in development and is available for bookings from Term 2, 2020. Register your interest now.

In this program students are taught how to and also understand the science and the technologies associated with planes. The Future Planes program focuses on the basic science around how planes fly, designing paper planes to replicate what students have learnt and also envisioning what the future of planes is going to look like; focusing on the internal architecture of the plane seats and designs associated with it.

This program will have a holistic approach towards biomimicry and future of airplane transportation. Students will be given a platform to explore biomimicry with great attention to detail and the tools to support it.

This program has the potential to incorporate a wide range of themes from across contemporary society. Possible topics for discussion and investigation include:

  • Transportation
  • Architecture
  • The Environment
  • Sustainability
  • Energy
  • Security and Safety
  • Culture and Art
  • Accessibility and Universal Design

Students are given the opportunity to design their vision of how the planes might look like ten years from now. A paper plane competition will be hosted on the final day of the program, providing a great opportunity for the students to work collaboratively while being in a competitive environment.

The plane internals will be designed using 3D modelling software and will be experienced using virtual and augmented reality.

Skills & Knowledge

The aim of this program is to develop students’ design thinking and skills using creative design tools backed by biomimicry. The unit requires students to explore conceptual, metaphorical and technological aspects of interior architecture. Students will learn to design the interior architecture of an airplane from a design brief and apply spatial, sensory and ethical dimensions and experiences to accommodate proposed future needs.

Students will engage in the design process through first-hand observation, drawing/painting of real-life spaces, conceptual development, scale & design development. They will understand how to design spaces and build form by analysing the interrelationship between interior-specific contexts and human experiences.

Students will learn to refine the interior architectural project through the consideration of area and current context, circulation, light and views and communicate these design ideas with a pitch at the end of the program.In parallel to this, students will be given the opportunity to explore concepts around origami and create different types of paper airplanes that can fly longer, faster and in multiple ways. The students will gain the understanding of aerodynamics and the importance of air movement around an airplane through this activity.


This program can cater for up to 30 students. Please let us know if you have 20 or more students so we can arrange free buses.

Please be advised that photos taken on the day of student work and participants may be used for internal and external marketing & communication purposes.

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