Developing Effective Design Strategies to Support Designs, Products and Practices That Have a Strong Origin in Local or National Cultures

Lead Research Organisation: Manchester Metropolitan University
Department Name: School of Art

Abstract

The revitalising of cultural products and processes is a process by which we can re-examine traditional products, patterns and processes related to particular cultures and both contemporise them and/or use them in different forms for the modern age. A very good example of this is how Scottish tartan was revitalised in the 19th century by the allocation of clan names to particular colour and pattern sequences. Tartan continues to make re-appearances in the fashion market through designers such as Vivien Westwood and Dolce & Gabbana. Another example of cultural revitalisation is how, in the 1950s, the basic twelve bar form of blues music was transformed into rock and roll and thence into rock music. This traditional form of music is continuously revisited and revitalised.

The researchers have been involved in a number of revitalising projects such as: at Leeds Cassidy has worked on a PhD project which examined traditional Korean Bojagi fabrics, used as wrapping materials, and experimented successfully with these to form fashion fabrics; at Lancaster Walker and Evans are working on two PhD projects exploring the role of design in the revitalisation of traditional crafts in Northern Thailand and Turkey.

The authors of this proposal wish to undertake a major study to examine both existing and new case studies and to provide a model to enable future designers to use traditional cultural products, patterns and processes as new, contemporary products, patterns and processes. Apart from journal papers the outcomes will include a book consisting of case studies and an explanation and discussion of the proposed model.

Planned Impact

The beneficiaries of this research will be researchers, practitioners, and educators within the design community and producers, suppliers and consumers of culturally relevant designs, products and practices. The following strategies will be used to achieve impacts of the research beyond academia:

- Early engagement of project aims with appropriate stakeholders such as The Crafts Council, Royal Society of Arts (RSA), etc.
- Consultation with design practitioners though networks such as the Design Council, the Design Business Association (DBA), etc
- Dissemination of in progress and final research outputs through a curated public exhibition at the Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster, UK
- Publication of a book summarising the research undertaken within the project.

The impact upon the beneficiaries of the research is thus: design practitioners will be provided with a framework which will allow them to effectively explore culturally relevant designs, products and practices, and how in turn these might be revitalized using contemporary technologies, processes and communication strategies; consumers will be provided with fresh and exciting designs, products and awareness of processes of cultural relevance; commerce and industry will benefit from the development of commercially sustainable modes of engagement with culturally relevant designs, products and practice.

Publications

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Related Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Award Value
AH/K008021/1 01/01/2014 30/08/2015 £607,879
AH/K008021/2 Transfer AH/K008021/1 31/08/2015 29/06/2017 £238,857
 
Title Design for Life Exhibition - Public Forum 
Description This activity relates to the exhibition DESIGN FOR LIFE: enagaing with sustainability reported elsewhere. It involved a tour of the exhibition followed by a series of talks, followed by questions and discussion, followed by drinks and canapes -- note the food was prepared by the Chef of Brantwood from recipes designed by the school children at the local primary school. The receipes were based on their impressions from their visit to the exhibition earlier in the month. Approximately 20 children plus their teachers and two facilitators were involved in the preparation of the recipes. Approximately 50 people attended the forum. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Feedback from this event was excellent - people reported that it had changed their perspectives 
URL http://www.designforlife.website/
 
Title Living Design Exhibition 
Description An exhibition of craft artefacts from the UK and international to accompany the Living Design Symposium at Lancaster University 14th November 2019 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The exhibition enhanced the symposium that was attended by ca. 80 academics, students, NGOs, private enterprise and craft support organizations 
 
Description Design Routes has explored how design can make a meaningful contribution in developing and revitalising culturally significant designs, products and practices to make them relevant to the needs of people today. Key research findings are organised around two thematic areas - Creative Ecologies as a means of understanding the context in which craft makers operate, and Revitalisation Strategies that can be employed to make culturally significant designs, products and practices relevant to contemporary lifestyles. Combined these approaches provide a means to understand revitalisation from the 'outside-in' (macro) and the 'inside-out' (micro) perspectives.

Revitalization requires an in-depth understanding of the cultural context in which the design, product or practice is based before any design-led intervention can successfully take place. Our research revealed the need to respect and value tradition and heritage and use this understanding as a trigger for reimagining for the future and, given that tradition and heritage are not fixed and often develop organically over time, care and sensitivity to retain the enduring values that give meaning in the first place.

The revitalisation strategies offer a set of approaches that can be selectively employed, individually or collectively, to reconnect traditions, values and beliefs with modern ways of living. The eight clusters of revitalisation strategies have been identified:

• SUSTAIN THROUGH DESIGN - combine traditional making or use practices with new or reimagined designs
• TRANSPOSE TRADITION - take traditional designs or making practices into new contexts
• VALUE OF PLACE - foreground the value of place and associated provenance
• PRODUCTION PROCESSES - employ appropriate and effective methods of making
• SKILLS - employ targeted approaches to embed and enhance skills
• PROMOTION - spread awareness and appreciation via effective promotion
• ENTERPRISE - employ effective business, organisation and finance models
• RESEARCH & EDUCATION - learning about traditions, meaning and contemporary relevance

Revitalisation, however, does not occur in isolation but within a creative ecology, i.e. the context in which craft makers operate. This broader environment and the conditions required to support a sustainable creative culture, involve many interconnected factors. Alone, they may not be able to support revitalisation, but their collective contributions can be significant. The notion of a creative ecology helps to structure how we may understand the conditions that enable culturally significant practices to flourish. Consideration of individual factors can be useful in decoding the underlying structure and the various interactions within a given context. Historical factors and serendipity can play important roles in how a particular ecology develops but this is be accompanied by range of purposeful activities that help shape the ecology into a preferred state. This interplay is something that may not be easy to understand or predict.
Exploitation Route The key research findings organised around two thematic areas (Creative Ecologies and Revitalisation Strategies) provide prospective mechanisms for designers, artisans and craft makers to understand and undertake revitalisation of culturally significant designs, products and practices from an 'outside-in' (macro) and the 'inside-out' (micro) perspectives.
Sectors Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://www.designroutes.org
 
Description Impacts in the design, craft, artisanal and heritage sectors. A series of workshops have enabled participants to use the research to revitalise culturally significant designs, products and practices and as such develop more sustainable enterprises. Findings have also generated strategies and tools that can be employed towards the revitalisation of culturally significant designs, products and practices. The findings are now being taken up internationally in particular through Nordic collaborations in Finland, Norway and Estonia (via excellence in Craft Science networks) including participation in a Horizon project proposal (HORIZON-CL2-HERITAGE-2022-01-04: Traditional crafts for the future: a new approach) which directly employs findings from this project.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Creative Economy,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Consultation by Heritage Crafts Association on Ratification of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Treaty by UK Government
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Conservation of Climate Change Endangered Cultural Furniture Industry Heritage in Damietta, Egypt
Amount £125,168 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/V006479/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2020 
End 02/2022
 
Description Located Making: Unlocking the Potential of Cultural Heritage by Design
Amount £198,933 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/S00341X/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 03/2022
 
Description SEE CHANGE: A Design Manifesto for Sustainability, Inclusivity and Resilience, a collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University (Not funded)
Amount £0 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description TRADECRAFT: Co-creating an Interactive Viability Roadmap for Small Maker Enterprises, a collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2022 
End 04/2023
 
Title Progressive Design Praxis by S. Walker (applied in Located Making) 
Description A way of making integrated, holistic values-based judgements within the design process. Described, with background theory, and published in Design Realities book by S. Walker (Routledge) 2019. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact integrated into the QBL as a way of practically assessing working practices and their improvement based on values-based evaluations. 
 
Title Research Tools: The Located Making Framework - Values, Place and Sustainability (outcomes of Located Making) 
Description Located Making focuses on purposeful goods whose design, production and use are strongly related to the heritage, culture or geography of place. The Located Making framework is designed for small maker enterprises, policymakers, heritage sector organizations and academics. The framework informs decision-making and will offer practical benefits to cultural- and heritage-based making practices. It has come about from the team understanding the motivations of craftspeople in the UK, China and elsewhere; exploring their skills, mapping their values and relating these to sustainability. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2022 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact A Located Making framework film was released in the UK in early 2022 and will be launched in China later in the year. A booklet detailing the framework and the other research undertaken for Located Making is due for release as the project draws to a close. 
URL http://imagination.lancaster.ac.uk/update/located-making-film/
 
Title The Quadruple Bottom Line of Design for Sustainability by S. Walker (applied in Located Making) 
Description A way for determining the relationship of a small maker enterprise to sustainability - environmental, practical, social, personal, and what needs to be done to be economically viable. Made available and described in the Located Making Film and the Located Making Framework, which is being converted into an online resource in our new AHRC-funded TradeCraft Project. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2022 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The QBL is being used in design education in many design schools around the world e.g. at Kingston in London, METU in Turkey, and has been translated into Chinese and Persian. First described in 2014, but sequentially improved in terms of precision and visualization - new visualization were developed in Living Design and again in Located Making, there are also adapted to the Chinese context. 
 
Description Collaborative Partnerships: CRAFT PROJECT in Damietta - Salford, Lancaster and CEDARE (Cairo) 
Organisation University of Salford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Participation, expertise and insights from skilled furniture makers in Damietta and the Damietta city major - total c 60 participants, 8 hours per person.
Collaborator Contribution Project was progressed as an interdisciplinary team led by Prof. Hisham Elkadi, with input about product design for sustainability, and expertise in GIS and data collection from CEDARE (Cairo)
Impact (A project report will be published in due course)
Start Year 2020
 
Description CASCA/IUAES2017 Conference in Ottawa 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This panel will discuss the intangible cultural heritages and their relations with design ecologies and creative industry. We will discuss the intangible cultural heritages and their relations with design ecologies and creative industry, and consider intangible cultural heritage to be compatible with the requirements of mutual respect among communities, groups and individuals, and of sustainable development. This panel involves the scholars and practitioners from any culture to share their findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.nomadit.co.uk/cascaiuaes2017/en/index
 
Description Conference Panel Coordination 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Panel Coordinator for 2 Panel Sessions and Paper Presenter at the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Science (IUAES) Inter-Congress - 2-7 May 2017, Ottawa, Canada. Note this was a joint initiative between the academic team in the UK (at Lancaster University and Manchester Metrolopolitan University) and our colleagues at the China Academy of Social Sciences. The Panel activities reaches a select audience of practitioners, academics and postgraduates. The papers centred around our knowledge exchange findings from our visits to China, and much discussion and various questions arose. This was wonderful opporunity, entirely enabled by the AHRC/Newton award to a) coordinate and set up a conference panel and run two conference sessions in collaboration with our colleagues from China b) attend and learn from a conference in Anthropological and Ethnological Science -- which normally we would not attend because this is not our discipline and c) present a design-based perspective (by UK team) along with an anthropological perspective (by China team) based essentially on the same experiences. These two perspectives enabled new realizations and insights, which formed the basis of considerable discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Conference Paper 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Paper Presentation: Intangible cultural heritage, design ecologies and creative industry -- presented in my roles as Panel Coordinator at the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Science (IUAES) Inter-Congress - 2-7 May 2017, Ottawa, Canada. Paper presented in Sessions 2&3 02 May, 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Creative Ecology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The project members at Lancaster University (Stuart Walker and Jeyon Jung) present at the Design Routes symposium, proposing Creative Ecology as an approach to contextualise the drivers for the revitalisation of culturally significant design, products and practices and the potential contribution that design can make.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://designroutes.org/design-routes-symposium/
 
Description Design Realities: creativity as a tool for positive change (webinar from Professor Stuart Walker) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Design Realities: creativity as a tool for positive change, Webinar from Professor Stuart Walker: Educational Experience + Innovation + Social Purpose. This was a keynote talk to an international group of academics hosted by University of São Paulo, Brazil, 17 December 2020, ca. 50 attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Design Roots: values, place and sustainability, keynote address by Prof. S. Walker at China Summit, Warwick China Development Society (WCDS), University of Warwick, 6 February 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A keynote speech from a series around Europe by Professor Stuart Walker, making links with other institutions/audiences and promoting the research of ImaginationLancaster in collaboration with others.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.warwicksu.com/societies-sports/societies/cpass/
 
Description Design Routes Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact As the culmination and celebration of the work of Design Routes, we presents an engaging symposium and pop-up exhibition that explores the role of design in revitalising culturally significant designs, products and practices. There will be opportunity to gain insight of the research activities as well as presentation from leading thinkers and practitioners in the field. The symposium comprises a keynote, presentation sessions, panel discussion and pop-up exhibition and networking opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Design Routes: culturally significant designs, products and practices 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited Talk: Evans, M., Walker, S. (2018) Design Routes: culturally significant designs, products and practices, China Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, 26th September 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Design after a Pandemic, keynote address by Prof. S. Walker at Department of Design, Kingston University, London, 26 February 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A keynote speech from a series around Europe by Professor Stuart Walker, making links with other institutions/audiences and promoting the research of ImaginationLancaster in collaboration with others.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Design after a Pandemic, keynote address by Prof. S. Walker at Designmonat Graz festival, Austria, 10 May 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A keynote speech from a series around Europe by Professor Stuart Walker, making links with other institutions/audiences and promoting the research of ImaginationLancaster in collaboration with others.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4S0hEc4Fjg
 
Description Design after a Pandemic, keynote address by Prof. S. Walker at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 16 April 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A keynote speech from a series around Europe by Professor Stuart Walker, making links with other institutions/audiences and promoting the research of ImaginationLancaster in collaboration with others.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.metu.edu.tr/
 
Description Design in the Realm of Silence, keynote address by Prof. S Walker at the European Academy of Design Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact More keynotes to follow from Professor Walker at the Eindhoven Design Academy, The Netherlands, in March 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://eadresearch.org/conference-programme
 
Description EXHIBITION OPENING SPEECH - Canberra: Object Therapy Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Keynote: Object Therapy Exhibition Opening Speech, Hotel-Hotel, Canberra, Australia, 14 Oct 2016

I was asked to deliver the opening speech to a large audience attending the opening of a new exhibition of design work that centred around ideas of design for sustainability, product repair and meaning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.hotel-hotel.com.au/fixandmake/events/object-therapy/
 
Description Essence of Lancaster (A week intensive course at Lancaster University) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The research team (Lancaster University and Manchester Metropolitan University) led the LICA429 ImaginationLab module at Lancaster University (1-week intensive 'deep dive' studio course) with 31 postgrad students (MA Design Management and MSc International Innovation). Each class participant was asked to get to know the city of Lancaster and its environs, especially its creative heritage and current creative activities, using the Creative Ecologies diagnostic tool developed and provided by the research team. Based on the evaluations and conclusions emerging from the Creative Ecologies Mapping, and the Introduction to Design Strategies, each group was asked to consider which strategies are the most appropriate for Lancaster; refer also to the Revitalisation Strategies document provided. As a group, and based on their creative ecologies' evaluation of Lancaster, used this document to decide on which revitalisation strategies to use. As a result of this module the research team was able to see the opportunity to improve the Creative Ecologies diagnostic tool to better serve in a workshop format with a group of participants elsewhere in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited KEYNOTE at ClickNL 'Drive Festival', Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, (October 2016), The Netherlands 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited keynote at ClickNL 'Drive Festival', Eindhoven (October 2016) which launched a major government funded research programme between industry and academia (ClickNL is the Dutch governments' Creative Industries knowledge and innovation network). Audience members were interested in how the research from the Design Routes project could be used within the funded programmes they are participating in (design-led innovation between academia and industry) and a number of connections were made with attendees both from within and outside academia. I also judged the project presentations awarding prizes to the most innovative projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.clicknl.nl/design/events/clicknl-drive-2015/?lang=en
 
Description Invited Talk - Loughborough University: Imagination's Promise 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited Talk: Imagination's Promise: practice-based design research, Waste-D Research Forum, School of the Arts, English and Drama, Loughborough University, UK, 26 February 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invited Talk: Evans, M. Design Roots: Ecologies of Creative Practice. AHRC Global Activities, January 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited Talk: Evans, M. (2020) Design Roots: Ecologies of Creative Practice. 'AHRC Global Activities' visit by Gary Grubb (AHRC), Manchester Metropolitan University, 10 January 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description KEYNOTE - 31st World Cultural Council Award Ceremony & Aalto University Academic Summit, Finland: Creativity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote: Creativity - the imperative of solitude, 31st World Cultural Council Award Ceremony & Aalto University Academic Summit, November 18, 2014, Helsinki, Finland. An international audience of scientists, medical researchers, business people and academics, ca. 100 people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://wcc.aalto.fi/en/
 
Description KEYNOTE - 3rd International EurOMA Sustainable Operations & Supply Chains Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Keynote Address outside the design field - to practitioners in Management related are:
Design for Life - creating meaning in a distracted world, The Local Versus Global Sustainability Debate, 3rd International EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains Forum, Lancaster University Management School, 11 - 12 April 2016, Lancaster, UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lums/euromaforum/
 
Description KEYNOTE - Anadolu University, Turkey: Practice-based Design Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Keynote Talk: Practice-based Design Research for Sustainability, Faculty of Design, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, 21 April 2016. An audience of ca. 100 academics and students.

Although many were already familiar with my work, this was the first time students and staff at Anadolou University were able to hear me talk about my work and answer questions. I received many questions and discussion point from staff and students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.anadolu.edu.tr/en/academics/faculties/192/faculty-of-fine-arts/general-info
 
Description KEYNOTE - Australia National University: Design for Life 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Keynote Talk: Design for Life: creating meaning in a distracted world, Australia National University, Australia, 12 Oct 2016.

This talk generated much discussion amoung faculty and students and I was informed that it was the best talk they had received at their Design Forum talks series.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://soa.anu.edu.au/design
 
Description KEYNOTE - Brantwood House, UK: Beyond the Superficial 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Keynote: Beyond the Superficial: Ruskin, Sustainability and Contemporary Design, Design for Life Exhibition Public Forum, Brantwood Museum: The Home of John Ruskin, Coniston, Cumbria, UK, 14 May 2016. An audience of ca. 40 members of the general public, academics and students.

This talk was one of the engagement events that accompanied the DESIGN FOR LIFE exhibition at Brantwood.
At this event, food was served that had been designed by children at the local school after visiting and based on what they had seen at the DESIGN FOR LIFE Exhibition. The food was prepared by the Brantwood Chef.
The talk generated much discussion and a lively debate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.designforlife.website/
 
Description KEYNOTE - Iowa State University: Progressive Design Praxis 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The College of Design at Iowa State University invited me to their campus to deliver a keynote address to staff and students, run a workshop and provide input and advice about developing their postgraduate design for sustainability education.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description KEYNOTE - MAKLab, Glasgow: Design Shift 2.0 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote: Design Shift 2.0, MAKLab, Glasgow, 6pm August 28, 2015. An invited address to designers, entrepreneurs, academics and students, ca. 50 people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.creativecarbonscotland.com/event/17483/
 
Description KEYNOTE - Middle East Technical University, Ankara: Imagination's Promise 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Keynote Talk: Imagination's Promise: practice-based design research, Faculty of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, 24 March 2015. An audience of academics and students, ca. 150 people from METU and Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015
 
Description KEYNOTE - RMIT, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: Design for Sustainability 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited Talk: Design for Sustainability, RMIT, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 26 May 2015. An audience of academics and students, ca. 60 people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description KEYNOTE - Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan: Design for Sustainability 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Keynote Talk: Design for Sustainability, Technical University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan 26 Oct 2016

This talk to staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students introduced my research to a new audience. Approximately 80 attendees. The talk generated many questions from the audience and a lively discussion about how my approach - which prioritizes human values - offers an original insight into the nature of design for sustainability.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.geidai.ac.jp/english/
 
Description KEYNOTE - University of New South Wales: Designing Sustainability 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote Talk: Designing Sustainability, University of New South Wales, Australia, 5 Oct 2016

This talk was to academic staff at the university. It introduced them for the first time to the relationship between propositional design practice and theory development related to sustainability, values the the Quadruple Bottom Line of Design for Sustainability.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.artdesign.unsw.edu.au/future-students/undergraduate-degrees/design
 
Description KEYNOTE - University of South Australia, Adelaide, Unmaking Waste Conference Keynote 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote: Design Shift: the narrow path to holistic design, Unmaking Waste Conference, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, May 21-23, 2015. An audience of designers, academics and students, ca. 150 people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://unmakingwaste2015.org/stuart-walker-umw2015-keynote-speaker/
 
Description KEYNOTE - University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia: : Design Shift 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Invited Talk: Design Shift: the narrow path to holistic design, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 29 May 2015. An audience of academics and students, ca. 100 people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description KEYNOTE - Wollongong Uni., Australia: Design Practice for Sustainability 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote Talk: Design Practice for Sustainability, University of Wollongong, Australia, 6 Sept. 2016

This talk introduced new ideas about design and sustainability to audience members and a large number of questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://lha.uow.edu.au/taem/index.html
 
Description KEYNOTE - Wollongong University, NSW, Australia: Practice-based Design for Sustainability 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited Talk: Practice-based Design for Sustainability, Wollongong University, NSW, Australia, 11-15 May 2015. An audience of academics and students, ca. 50 people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description KEYNOTE: 4th World Conference on Design and Arts, Russia - Radical Change for Sustainable Futures 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote: Radical Change for Sustainable Futures: a practice-based design research approach, 4th World Conference on Design and Arts, The St. Petersburg Christian University, St. Petersburg, Russia, 26-28 June, 2015. An international audience of academics, >100 people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.worldeducationcenter.eu/new/index.php/DAE/WCDA2015
 
Description KEYNOTE: Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne: Words and Object 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Keynote: Words and Objects: A perspective on the Future Role of Museums, Designing Futures Debates, Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 3 November 2015.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008,2015
 
Description Living Design - Driving Innovation in Local Maker Enterprises, Kyung Hee University, South Korea, October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact 80 undergraduate and postgraduate students attended a public lecture exploring how design can drive innovation in local maker enterprises. Students were particularly interested in how a research approach was revealing new insights in maker enterprises in the UK and how this may be translated into a Korean context and in doing so, drive the sustainment of traditional making practices.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Living Design symposium, Lancaster University - a symposium to disseminate key results of the Living Design Project and introduce the Located Making Framework 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Living Design - a symposium to disseminate key results of the Living Design Project and introduce the Located Making Framework, Living Design Symposium, Lancaster University, 14 November, 2019, attended by ca.80 people from business, third sector and academia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Living Design: Sustainability of Small Maker Enterprises, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, 27 November 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Research seminar presentation exploring the role of design in sustainability in maker enterprises.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Located Making Film 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Located Making film shows the development of a practical framework for unlocking the potential of cultural heritage by design. It is based on our AHRC-supported research in the UK, China and the US.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://vimeo.com/670767102
 
Description Located Making: unlocking the potential of cultural heritage by design, invited talk for: Heritage For Global Challenges 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Walker, S., Evans, M., Mullagh, L. (2020) Located Making: unlocking the potential of cultural heritage by design, invited talk for: Heritage For Global Challenges, A Praxis /AHRC/GCRF, organized by University of Leads, West Bek'aa, Lebanon, 24-26 February 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Prof. S Walker on Design and Spirituality, New Books Network podcast, USA, Interviewed by Bryan Toepfer, 30 June 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Stuart Walker was interviewed by Bryan Toepfer about his book Design and Spirituality on the New Books Network in the USA. Interview date 30 June 2021. The book encompasses previous/ongoing work under Located Making and Living Design and the interview gave it a wider reach.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://open.spotify.com/episode/3Wu7ZvPr3CHhVIA1oHrPNW?si=t5DdQLuSQUSlhTfUDgm6Rg
 
Description Prof. S. Walker - Expert Interview on Sustainable Futures, FutureTense, Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), 6 August 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof. Stuart Walker gave an interview on Sustainable Futures on FutureTense, Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), broadcast on 6 August, allowing him engagement with a wide, international audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/futuretense/
 
Description Public Lecture - Design Routes: Revitalisation Through Design 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Over 80 people attend this professoriate public lecture titled "Design Routes:
Revitalisation Through Design" in the Manchester School of Art ASK: Art Seeks Knowledge lecture series at Manchester Metropolitan University on 18 May 2016. Audience engagement was significant and a number of the audience members requested additional information regarding the project. In addition, academics from other institutions attended which has led to emergent research collaborations. A key factor in the success of the events was the use of examples from fieldwork conducted in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA as this effectively illustrated the theoretical aspects of the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.art.mmu.ac.uk/events/2016/ask-martyn-evans/
 
Description Revitalisation Strategies Workshop, University of Helsinki, Finland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This workshop provided opportunities for participants to explore how design can revitalise culturally significant designs, products and practices. The workshop comprised 1) an overview of the Design Routes project including its aims and work to date, 2) group engagement with revitalisation strategies through worksheets and examples of strategies, and 3) a discussion and feedback session. Participants were encouraged to select culturally significant design, product and practice that was meaningful to them (often drawn from their own culture) and use this as a mechanism to explore the veracity of the revitalisation strategies. Hosted at the University of Helsinki, 17 undergraduate craft education students plus 3 staff members comprised eight groups who were each provided with strategies and examples from one of the eight revitalisation clusters. Participants applied these strategies to an example of a culturally significant design, product and practice example they were familiar with. Positive feedback was received from participants with results demonstrating how the strategies could be employed to generate novel outcomes that hitherto may not have been considered. Key insights identified the need to refine and simplify strategy descriptions and to provide a breadth of examples to best convey the possibilities of the revitalisation strategies. This workshop has led to an ongoing research network which it is intended will lead to a Horizon 2020 proposal to the forthcoming 'Societal Challenge 6: Europe in a Changing World - Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies' programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Revitalisation Strategies Workshop, Viljandi Culture Academy, University of Tartu, Estonia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This workshop provided opportunities for participants to explore how design can revitalise culturally significant designs, products and practices. The workshop comprised 1) an overview of the Design Routes project including its aims and work to date, 2) group engagement with revitalisation strategies through worksheets and examples of strategies, and 3) a discussion and feedback session. Participants were encouraged to select culturally significant design, product and practice that was meaningful to them (often drawn from their own culture) and use this as a mechanism to explore the veracity of the revitalisation strategies. The workshop in Estonia was hosted by the Estonian Native Crafts Department in the Viljandi Culture Academy at the University of Tartu. 18 students studying Estonian native crafts plus 4 member of staff comprised eight groups who were each provided with strategies and examples from one of each revitalisation cluster. Taking a culturally significant design, product and practice example they were familiar with, each group considered how they could use these strategies for revitalisation. Key insights included the value that the structure of the taxonomy of revitalisation clusters and strategies provided to the ongoing work of the Viljandi Culture Academy with participants, including staff, noting how this aligned with their approaches, and the potential to use these strategies to revisit many native Estonian crafts. Valuable feedback was gained from the participants across the workshops that helped to i) understand how to effectively articulate the overall concept of revitalisation, ii) refine how individual strategies were described, and iii) how best to collectively communicate these strategies as a prospective tool for revitalisation. This workshop has led to the development of an ongoing research network which it is intended will lead to a Horizon 2020 proposal to the forthcoming 'Societal Challenge 6: Europe in a Changing World - Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies' programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Revitalization Strategies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Stella Darby (RA in University of Leeds) and Amy Twigger Holroyd (Nottingham Trent University) present at Design Routes symposium, introducing taxonomy of revitalisation strategies developed from 400+ worldwide examples investigated within the project. A series of revitalisation strategies are shared with, and discusses amongst, symposium participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The Journey from Design Routes to Located Making 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 'The Journey from Design Routes to Located Making' was hosted by Helsinki University by the Department of Teacher Education. The presentation provided an overview of key research activities related to a series of linked projects that explore the revitalisation of traditional crafts and their relationship to place. A key aspect of the presentation and linked discussion considered the link between craft practitioner motivations and their values. The audience was particularly interested in how the research has been instrumentalised in a future viability tool and linked 'roundels'. These provide the ability to profile craft practitioners through impactful visualisations that support comparisons between different contexts and motivations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description The Third Exit (a keynote talk from Professor Stuart Walker to postgraduates at Kingston University) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Third Exit, Keynote talk from Professor Stuart Walker to Masters students, Kingston University, London, 27 February 2020, ca. 40 attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description The Third Exit (a webinar from Professor Stuart Walker hosted by ArchiNet, Riyadh) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Third Exit, Webinar from Professor Stuart Walker: Keynote talk to an international group of practitioners and academics hosted by ArchiNet, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 3 September 2020, ca. 40 attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description The Third Exit (a webinar from Professor Stuart Walker hosted by Bilgi University) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Third Exit, Webinar from Professor Stuart Walker: Keynote talk to a national group of academics hosted by Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey; 10 December 2020, ca. 40 attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description The Third Exit, keynote address by Prof. S. Walker at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 21 June 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A keynote speech from a series around Europe by Professor Stuart Walker, making links with other institutions/audiences and promoting the research of ImaginationLancaster in collaboration with others.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.metu.edu.tr/
 
Description Walker, S. (2015) Essence of Place: MA Masters Class, Middle East Technical University, Ankara (Turkey) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Essence of Place: MA Masters Class, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey - an Erasmus Funded Visit, March, 2015. Introduced prelilminary ideas about understanding the creative activities related to a particular location, which subsequently informed the development of of CREATIVE ECOLOGIES diagnostic research tools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Walker, S. , Collett, A. and Jung, J. (2016) Ecologies of Practice Symposium, University of Wollongong (Australia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Walker, S. , Collett, A. and Jung, J. (2016) Ecologies of Practice Symposium, University of Wollongong, Australia, 21 Oct 2016 - with academic and non-academic speakers and workshop using our unique diagnostic creative ecologies research to assess the design needs of the Illawara to enhance the creative industries.

This workshop introduced to a new audience - and informed participants - our newly developed CREATIVE ECOLOGIES diagnostic research tools. It enabled us to test these tools in a particular location with a highly active and well-informed audience. The benefit we found was that by engaging in the process, the participants revealed to themselves (for the first time) the richness and variety of creative activities that were occurring in their locale.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://designroutes.org/
 
Description Walker, S. keynote address on Design Criticism, Department of Design, Kingston University, London, 4th March 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Walker, S. (2022) Design Criticism, Department of Design, Kingston University, London, 4th March
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Walker, S. participation at Design, Technology and Finance Workshop, Sustainable Leadership MA Programme, Cambridge University, Friday 10 September 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Walker, S. (2021) Design, Technology and Finance Workshop, Sustainable Leadership MA Programme, Cambridge University, Friday 10 September.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Walker, S. participation at Fairphone Workshop, Department of Design, Kingston University, London, 26 February 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Walker, S. (2021) Fairphone Workshop, Department of Design, Kingston University, London, 26 February.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Walker, S. participation at Sustainability Workshop, Department of Design, Kingston University, London, 4 March 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Walker, S. (2022) Sustainability Workshop, Department of Design, Kingston University, London, 4 March.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Walker, S., Evans, M, and Jung, J. (2016) Design Ecologies Workshop, Design Research Society Conference 2016 (Brighton) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Walker, S., Evans, M, and Jung, J. (2016) Design Ecologies Workshop, Design Research Society Conference 2016, Faculty of Design, University of Brighton, 27 June 2016.

This workshop introduced to a new audience - and informed participants - our newly developed CREATIVE ECOLOGIES diagnostic research tools. It enabled us to test and develop these tools further.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/research/design-art-history/events2/drs2016
 
Description What if ? workshop at Eindhoven Design Academy, The Netherlands, 21-22 March 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Workshop entitled What if ? At Eindhoven Design Academy, The Netherlands, 21-22 March 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Workshop on the Project to Preserve the Historical and Cultural Heritage of the Furniture Industry in Damietta, Egypt, Furniture Technology Center, Damietta, October 24, 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop on the Project to Preserve the Historical and Cultural Heritage of the Furniture Industry in Damietta, Egypt, Furniture Technology Center, Damietta, October 24, 2021 in collaboration with Center For Environment & Development For The Arab Region & Europe (CEDARE), Cairo and Furniture Craft Enterprises in Damietta (Nile Delta) ca. 60 people in attendance. Co- Investigator, CRAFT: Conservation of Climate Change Endangered Cultural Furniture Industry Heritage in Damietta, Egypt, a collaboration with University of Salford and CEDARE, Cairo.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021