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UnBox-ing Future Cities

DACRC’s Director Lorraine Gamman has been selected as one of eight UK researchers who have been awarded the opportunity to work with a team of creative practitioners, artists and mentors exploring the theme of ‘Future Cities’. Alongside Lorraine and the other researchers is fellow University of the Arts London researcher and the Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion, Dilys Williams.

The 10-day lab, starting 24th Feb, will see the group working together in small teams, along with local mentors and advisors on the topic of ‘Future Cities’. The eight researchers will work on research relevant challenges during the 10 day UnBox lab leading up to a presentation of their work at the UnBox festival, which takes place in October – November 2014.

This focus on ‘Future Cities’ is of major importance to many countries around the world; from 1991 to 2011 the urban population in India has increased from 100 million to 200 million and by 2041, 50-percent of India’s population is expected to live in cities. The issue is not only limited to India; UN estimates say that by 2050, 70 per cent of the world’s population will live in cities.

While an increase in urban populations puts increasing pressure on the infrastructure of our cities, it can also be an opportunity to re-imagine what future cities could be like. This 10 day lab time will explore how design, research and digital technologies can build communities of engaged responsible citizens.

The successful researchers investigating this challenge include:

  • Claire McAndrew, University College London
  • Dilys Williams, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London
  • Jo Briggs, Northumbria University
  • Lorraine Gamman, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
  • Michael Edwards, University of Edinburgh
  • Paul Sermon, University of Brighton
  • Tatjana Schneider, University of Sheffield
  • Tom Corby, University of Westminster

This unique opportunity is a partnership between the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the British Council, UnBox festival, UK’s Science and Innovation Network, supported by the REACT Creative Economy Hub and the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India.

For full details of the lab, please go to the UnBox Festival website

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