Research Seminar Municipal Worldings

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The concept of obligations takes precedence over that of rights, which are subordinate and relative to it. A right is not effective on its own, but solely in relation to the obligation to which it corresponds. The successful fulfilment of a right comes not from the person who possesses it, but from others who recognise that they have an obligation towards that person. The obligation takes effect once it is recognised. If an obligation is not recognised by anyone, it loses nothing of the plenitude of its being. But a right that is not recognised by anyone amounts to very little.” Simone Weil --The Need for Roots . The word municipal means being associated with a town or city that has its own local government; for some time it has also brought negative connotations of inefficiency and run-downness through lack of care and attention. ‘Municipal Worldings’ brings together four researchers whose diverse work directly engages with real world problems with the aim of devising and affecting practical change.


Dr Ruth Lang is an architect, researcher, writer, and senior lecturer in professional practice at the Royal College of Art and the London School of Architecture. As lead researcher in the Design Museum’s Future Observatory, she is exploring how contemporary architectural practice can be restructured to more equitably address issues of diversity and the Climate Emergency, using live collaborative research strategies. Her talk will explore the opportunities for intervening within municipal infrastructures to generate new forms of inhabitation within our cities, and to explore what this demands of creative practitioners to capitalise on this potential for overcoming social, economic, and environmental inequalities.

Sharifa Hawari-Latter and Fraser Bruce are design researchers at DJCAD, specialising in the application of design-led innovation, new business modelling and strategy development. Both have an extensive portfolio of industry-focused research and collaborate at the intersection of product and service innovation, design-driven start-up development, leadership and change management showcased through recent publications and successfully funded research and industry projects. They will provide an overview of the Strategic Design Group, before going onto to discuss the Design HOPES project, which aims to exploits the potential of design-led thinking to tackle multifaceted health delivery challenges to meet urgent Net Zero goals across NHS Scotland. They will also briefly discuss a new Knowledge Transfer Partnership which aims to develop, test and implement a design-led change management service to help SMEs grow.

Ellie Harrison is an artist, activist and Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art Practice at DJCAD. In 2023 she won the University's Stephen Fry Public Engagement Award for her ‘Bus Regulation: The Musical’ Trilogy in Greater Manchester, Strathclyde & Merseyside (2019 – 2023). At this research seminar she will give a brief overview of this project, which aimed to fuse together her art and activism, and the impact it has had influencing public transport policy around the UK.

The event is chaired by Professor Maria Fusco, Director of The Centre for Practice Research, DJCAD.

Period27 Mar 2024
Event typeSeminar
LocationDunee, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational