Stuart Walker in Dundee

Stuart  will be in  Dundee in March to connect with Master of Design Students. Stuart is Co-Director of ImaginationLancaster. His research focuses on design for sustainability; product aesthetics and meaning; and design-centred research. He is also Adjunct Professor Engineering at the University of Calgary, Canada and Visiting Professor of Sustainable Design at Kingston University, UK.

His writings on design and sustainability have been published internationally and his experimental designs have been exhibited across Canada, in Italy and at the Design Museum in London. Prior to joining Lancaster University he was Associate Dean Research at the University of Calgary, Canada. He studied design at Exeter College of Art and the Royal College of Art, and holds a PhD in Engineering (Leeds). For several years he was an engineer with Shell Internationale in The Netherlands, the Middle East and London. Stuart will be giving a talk on:

his current thinking about sustainability and design for sustainability (contemporary issues, what’s missing from the triple bottom line, the practice-based design research approach etc.) and showing a range of his propositional objects that exemplify different aspects of sustainability and design

Stuart will give a lecture and talk to the Master of Design students in the studio from 9.30am on Friday 11.03.11. Stuart is PhD supervisor to Brandi Richards, who recently graduated from the Master of Design’s sister Programme, MSc in Design Ethnography.

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Designing the transition to sustainability: resourcing community resilience

Forthcoming seminars organised by Hamid Van Koten and the Scottish Universities Insight Institute:

Sustainable communities should be at the heart of our shift to a more sustainable future. The UK and Scottish Governments have indicated that they will transition to a low carbon economy based on equitable, resilient and vibrant economic systems. To transform the UK’s infrastructure will require different investment sources and innovative financial mechanisms. Where projects are commercially viable, private financing is likely to be forthcoming. Large scale infrastructure projects may attract public spending support. These two sources of funding, however, will not be sufficient. There is also a need to look at how communities might resource their shift to sustainability and enhance their resilience. More info here.