More used to wiping noses and tying shoe laces in a primary 1 classroom, it has been an exciting change and privilege to be seconded to work at V&A Museum of Design Dundee. As the current Schools Development Officer I have been working as part of the Learning and Innovation team for two terms now.
A spectacular and distinctive property in a sought-after area of Dundee has come on the market at a cool offers over £675,000.
Decaying high streets, depopulated and devoid of their original purpose, can be found in every town and city in the UK. Yet the death of the high street is not inevitable. To save ours we need a new way of thinking and to re-evaluate what we actually mean by ‘street’.
Ninety per cent of architecture writing and research is about cities. We’ve lost focus on the countryside and how we deal with rural hinterland.
As celebratory years go, 2016 was a perfect storm of design for Dundee. It was the first of our Dundee Design Festivals in West Ward Works, the Festival of Architecture with the finale in Dundee and lots of excellent new activity such as Make-Share from Creative Dundee - and it all fell under the unwieldy umbrella of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design
In 2017, The McManus celebrates its 150th anniversary. Opened in 1867 as the Albert Institute, it was designed by the renowned architect Sir George Gilbert Scott who today is best known for London’s St Pancras hotel.
Scotland’s railways are undergoing a radical reinvention and investment and Dundee railway station is part of that story – but it’s also a huge part of the reinvention of the city, of the whole Waterfront and of that central area.
Forty years ago, Gunpei Yokoi, a product engineer for Nintendo, sat on a commuter train in Kyoto and watched a fellow passenger idly while away the journey by playing with the buttons on a pocket calculator.
Forget the Tate Britain or the National Gallery – Dundee’s McManus is home to a nationally significant Scottish fine art collection, many of which are currently on display for visitors of all ages to enjoy.
The acknowledgement of Dundee as a UNESCO City of Design must now be seen within the context of a wider set of possibilities for the Tay region.