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DOTT: design of the times

Thanks to John Thackara for pointing out in his talk today at the competitiveness summit the “design of the times” initative.

How can design increase efficiency, reduce environmental impact and build healthier and more resilient communities? Designs of the times will tackle complex social challenges by involving community members in design projects.

Dott 07 (Designs of the time) is a year long project exploring how design can make a positive difference to our lives. It’s a collaboration between the Design Council and the regional development agency One North East and will be working with communities and individuals in the region over the next twelve months. The aim is to involve people in a variety of design projects as active participants.

Projects include:

  • City Farming: helping schools, communities and businesses grow their own fresh food
  • The Move Me: improving transport systems within a small rural community.

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