We create and support the design of great places and tools to better serve people.
Guided by our passion to help deliver digital and physical environments that enhance the human experience, we focus on spatial, digital, and social design.
With an interdisciplinary background in planning, architecture, and education, we are well placed to bridge the divide between designers and those typically outside of the design process - design outsiders.
‘What if…? / Scotland’ responds to the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia's theme ‘How will we live together?’ The exhibit paired local citizens from Scotland – with designers, architects, and artists. ’What if…? / Scotland’ re-engages the civic role of design professionals by asking communities from across Scotland to share their hopes and dreams for the future of the places they call home.
Using the brief as a starting point for discussion and a spark for creativity the team collaborated with a 'design outsider' - an NGO volunteer and former exchange student at the University of Dundee. The goal was to reimagine the Dundee waterfront by enhancing connectivity to the rest of Dundee city centre.
Aakar Design Consultancy - Top 20 Finalist Award. The CLT induction was set up by Aakar design consultants and sponsored by Mitsubishi Estate, its aim was to introduce CLT construction to the Indian market. Construction in India currently comprises of mainly concrete and steel building techniques with little thought given to sustainable design. India faces many challenges as it grows and develops as a country, cheifly over-population, increasing density and rising pollution rates. This competition was organised to allow designers to consider these challenges and offer appropriate and improved solutions.
Using the brief as a starting point for discussion and a spark for creativity the team collaborated with a 'design outsider' - a primary teacher with a background in outdoor education. The goal was to design a children's play furniture prototype.
YAC award - The Power of Steel (MANNI group) Young Architects Competitions and Manni Group launched DETROIT WATERFRONT DISTRICT, a competition of ideas aiming to shape a new skyline for the city of Detroit by designing its future leisure and entertainment core. The competition was a collaboration with the Sterling Group and supported by TATA Steel. The competition site is located where the Joe Louis Arena once stood along the Detroit waterfront with a key aim being to design a building complex that redefines the city skyline.
Perth Creative Commons aims to redevelop Perth’s rail line into a new urban corridor and develop several sites along this route, establishing a diverse creative community. It is achieved through a vision driven strategy that enables ‘collaborators’ to contribute through a self-build framework. The project aims to attract young professionals and entrepreneurs from across multiple disciplines, from traditional arts to tech and engineering. The proposals success relies on establishing a condition which enables and incentivises creatives to contribute to the community and fully realise their aspirations without hindrance.
Our ‘Creative Commons’ prototype is an online platform that works in tandem with a supportive local planning system. At its core, the 'Creative Commons' is a platform for collaboration and planning, a digital playground to explore ideas, proposals, organizing events and promoting members of the creative community. Working together within an integrated planning strategy, the ‘Creative Commons’ enables and incentivises creatives to contribute to the community.
In this article we explore examples that enable creativity, empower 'collaborators', and envision new possibilities. We engage with the power of asking 'what if' to share inspiring examples of innovative constructions that allow for individual creativity, encourage positive social interaction, and foster a stronger sense of community.
In part four of our ongoing series on creativity and innovation in cities, we explore key ideas from ‘Making Massive Small Change’, the application of the book's principles with examples from around the world, and next steps for the movement.
Is there a way to better understand what elements contribute to a 'creative city'? In this article we highlight the United Nations Creative Cities Network and the Creative Cities Index developed by Charles Landry and Jonathan Hyams.
It was a pleasure to collaborate with a local Dundee, Scotland family to reimagine Finlathen Park and area! Our video briefly shares our experience, the valuable contribution from the multi-age group, and showcases the power of including those typically excluded from the design process - ‘design outsiders’. The collaboration was part of the ‘What if…? / Scotland’ exhibit at V&A Dundee. ’What if…? / Scotland’ re-engages the civic role of design professionals by asking communities from across Scotland to share their hopes and dreams for the future of the places they call home. The exhibit was commissioned by the Scotland + Venice partnership and produced by 7N Architects in collaboration with Architecture & Design Scotland. The exhibit responds to the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia's theme ‘how will we live together?’
We are Design Outsider. We create and support the design of great places and tools to better serve people. Guided by our passion to help deliver digital and physical environments that enhance the human experience, we focus on spatial, digital, and social design. With an interdisciplinary background in planning, architecture, and education, we are well placed to bridge the divide between designers and those typically outside of the design process - design outsiders. We invite you to learn more at www.designoutsider.com
Why do so many designs fail to meet the needs of people and our planet? This is the question we at DESIGN OUTSIDER asked when reflecting on our current collective professional and educational experiences ranging from architecture, planning, urban design to education. So what can be done? Whose knowledge and experiences can ENRICH the design process and ENHANCE the design product?
In this episode we reveal changes that could enhance the connectivity of Dundee's Waterfront to the rest of the city centre. Combined, the proposals recognize that a design-led approach alone is not sufficient to ensure this area connects with the rest of the city centre. However, we believe these are a strong starting point discussion. The team again meets back up with Kirsten, a former University of Dundee exchange student and former NGO volunteer. Also joining the conversation is Tynwood, Architecture graduate from the University of Dundee.