This programme proposes to develop a community of practice including academics, artists, architectural and design professionals as well as government, business and industry in order to understand how people perceive and shape the world around them through creative practices of designing, making, building and inhabiting.
The programme aims, firstly, to rethink the concept of environment so as to situate the lived experience of engaging with our surroundings within a more encompassing ecosystemic context, and secondly, to reconsider the meaning of design in a world that is perpetually under construction by way of the activities of inhabitants.
A third aim of the programme is to question the tendency to attribute the creativity of design to innovation rather than improvisation – that is to the novelty of prefigured solutions rather than to the capacity of inhabitants to respond with flexibility and precision to ever-changing environmental conditions.
The programme run for 4 months from September 2009. It included close collaboration with the Lighthouse in Glasgow and the Dundee Centre for Contemporary Arts who hosted a touring exhibition of art and design related to the themes of the programme.