Remodelling Home: Engaging the Public in Architectural and Design Debate through Participatory Design

By Alex Milton, Euan Winton and Edward Hollis.

Published by The Design Collection

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The “Remodelling Home” project was created for Scotland’s Housing Expo by Claystation, in collaboration with Sustainability, the Scottish Government’s mechanism for promoting sustainable design in the built environment. The Expo was the first event of its kind in Scotland and based upon similar models found in mainland Europe, where historically the housing fair concept has proven successful in stimulating quality design and innovation for housing. Aspiring to bring about a similar effect in the Highlands and throughout the UK, the Expo offered a model for future housing design and development. Remodelling Home gave visitors to the Expo an opportunity to design their own house for inclusive debate. By playfully creating new designs, Remodelling Home raised awareness of our built environment, encouraging those who live and work in Scotland and beyond, to not merely take a closer look at the buildings and spaces around them, but to be active in the rethinking and redesigning. The creative outputs from over 3500 project participants were placed into a historical and cultural context through an accompanying exhibition of Scotland’s housing heritage, with the results being disseminated online, in publication and through a subsequent exhibition at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture and Design.

Keywords: Participatory Design, Co-Design, Architecture, Built Environment, Modelling, Play, Creativity, Sustainability

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.509-526. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 5.707MB).

Alex Milton

Director of Research, School of Textiles and Design, Heriot-Watt University, Galashiels, UK

Alex Milton is Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies and Reader in Design at the School of Textiles and Design, Heriot-Watt University. Formerly Head of Design and Applied Arts at Edinburgh College of Art, he has taught at the University of Dundee, Edinburgh Napier University and Central Saint Martins, and is an external examiner at several UK universities. As a designer, researcher, educator and writer, he aims to create new methods and formats to encourage meaningful consumer and audience participation in the production, consumption and interpretation of design, enabling the creation of inclusive designs for people, with people. Alex co-founded Claystation, and been exhibited at numerous international venues including Designers Block, London Design Festival, MUDAC, The Lighthouse, Salone de Mobile Milan and the London Architecture Biennale. He has contributed to a number of books and publications, and The Lighthouse will publish ‘Remodelling Home’ and Laurence King will publish “Product Design”, co-authored with Paul Rodgers, in 2011.

Euan Winton

Programme Leader, School of Arts and Creative Industries, Edinburgh Napier University, UK

Euan Winton is Programme Leader of the BDes (Hons) Design and Digital Arts at Edinburgh Napier University, where he also lectures on the taught masters programmes in Interaction Design and Interdisciplinary Design. Euan is an interdisciplinary designer, lecturer and researcher whose depth and breadth of professional practice and research is truly inter and multi-disciplinary. His research outputs include books, films, events, exhibitions and public engagement activities. In doing so he has worked with clients including the British and Scottish Governments, scientific and oil research institutes, community groups, public art and design bodies, national design centres and independent design collectives. Other benefactors of his skills and experience have included private entrepreneurs and new business start-ups. He is a founding member of the academic Product Scotland network and a member of the Design Council’s multi-disciplinary design network. He is also a founding member of the Glassbox design collective and design director for the award winning Claystation.

Edward Hollis

Head, Interior Design, School of Design, Edinburgh College of Art

Edward Hollis studied Architecture at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh, entering practice with Geoffrey Bawa and designing ruins and follies in the coastal lagoons of Sri Lanka before working for Richard Murphy Architects on Victorian villas, old breweries and town halls in Scotland. He is now Head of Interior Design at Edinburgh College of Art. A founding member of Interiors Forum Scotland, he has co-edited “Thinking Inside the Box, A Reader in Interiors for the Twenty-First Century”, available from Middlesex University Press, and a second IFS publication entitled “Interior Tools, Interior Tactics” will be published by Libri Books in spring 2011. Ed is the author of numerous academic papers, articles and exhibitions that address the relationship between Architecture and the art of storytelling in History, performance, and myth, most notably the acclaimed “The Secret Lives of Buildings: From the Parthenon to the Wailing Wall”; but he spends most of his time encouraging students to read, understand, and transform the stories that buildings have to tell.


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