Designing for Connected Communities: GIDE Group for International Design Education

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Milligan. A., (2011) co-authored book chapter entitled “ Designing for Innovative Communities” (pp 31-38) is featured in the publication “Design for Innovative Communities” edited by Fassi, D; Rabaglio and commissioned by GIDE Group for International Design Education. The themes and issues featured in Milligan’s book chapter, (and outlined throughout the “Design for Innovative Communities” book) explores the theoretical triggers related to community interventions, user engagement methods and holistic ways of developing creative responses to urban sites in collaboration with local / regional stakeholders. The project component of this chapter relates to conceptual design interventions of a street-scape in collaboration with a local primary school to reflect aspects of the Scottish CfE Curriculum for Excellence teaching initiative. A focus of Milligan’s chapter included discussion around the potential impacts, (positive and negative) of new technologies on communities. The chapter and book outline the interdisciplinary responses to designing with, and for local communities evolved from an earlier “multi-local communities” workshop at Leeds College of Art. Milligan’s chapter explores how design education has been criticized in the past for being remote, out of touch, disconnected (or disinterested) in the communities in which it is geographically and spiritually located. Uniquely, such research outputs are directly integrated into the curricula. 

Co-authors of “Design for Innovative Communities” included Prof Davide Fassi Politecnico di Milano; Dr Lenka Kavcic the Faculty Design in Ljubljana; Graham Savage and Steve Edge Leeds College of Art; Prof Marion Meyer Magdeburg-Stendal FH University of Applied Sciences; Prof Pietro Vitali of Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzeria Italiana ,Switzerland, and Nansi Van Geetsom of Thomas More University College Mechelen. ISBN/: 978-88-387-6014-4, Word count: 53,000 book total 168pp total.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign for innovative communities
EditorsDavide Fassi, Agnes Rebaglio
Place of PublicationMilan
PublisherMaggioli Editore
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-8838760143
ISBN (Print)8838760144
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011


  • community
  • intervention
  • interiors
  • internationalisation

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