and another link : ITS TIME TO THINK
Recent Research has enabled me to find this innovative initiative by Paul Twivy.
YOUR SQUARE MILE – a project for community based activities which has just been awarded a grant of £830,000 ( EIGHT HUNDRED and THIRTY THOUSAND POUNDS ) by the BIG LOTTERY FUND.
The design work for the project was designed by CONRAN SINGH as reported in DESIGNWEEK on Wed 18 May 2011.
This linked directly to the website http://thirdsector.co.uk
which then linked into the website for http://thebigsociety.co.uk
which then linked into the prime ministers http://www.number10.gov.uk
All of the initiatives are amazing and I rewalise that my MDES project is similar in content but that it needs to be more commercial and business-like in its organisation and it really requires a re-think on the content and tactics to get my ideas seen and then heard.
Finally, in this weekends FINANCIAL TIMES there is an article entitled ‘Future Plans’ by Simon Ricketts, which is all about LOCALISM…………which looks at how a ‘localism’ bill may be able to give new powers to residents and individuals in the planning and development of their local communities. It is all part of the BIG SOCIETY VISION.
U R B A N B A N K
MARY PORTAS has been appointed to lead an independent review of HIGH STREETS.
She is asking for contributions, information, thoughts and ideas about opinions on the current and future visions for improving and regenerating HIGH STREETS.
She only has until AUGUST 2011 to get this done…… tough call!
This is a sketch of how I have visualised my MDP presentation which will be delivered at 1300hrs on Tuesday 17 May 2011. The venue is the MASTERS of DESIGN STUDIO. I am last to go from all the other full tiome and part-time students – so no pressure then? The presentatioon is a strictly controlled 15 minutes, which based on tutorial advice, will use approx 15 slides at a delivery pace of one slide per minute. 100 words per minute is the average delivery for oral presentations. As I fine-tune my powerpoint for the presentation I realise that I have to be very organised but relaxed. I am used to makeing presentations to students in my job as an FE lecturer, but I am delivering to an academic and advisory panel of 3-4 people, who are assessing my project development work for MINDFUL DESIGN PRACTICE. I have checked my presentation against the assessment criteria and I look forward to delivering it confidently and succinctly tomorrow. Off to rehearse it again!
need to find a name to launch the BIG IDEA for establishing co-design hub workshops to enable participatory interaction to happen between stakeholder groups.
KIRKCALDY is on the map !
Political victors in national elections proclaimed ………..
“KIRKCALDY IS MY KINDA TOWN” -A.Salmond – Friday 6 may 2011
Inspiration comes from other developments that have been created in recent times:
CLAYSTATION PLAYING WITH THE CITY LIMINAL SPACES
FUTURE CITY I lOVE KIRKCALDY BIG THINGS ON THE BEACH
MY KINDA TOWN or ?
This is an interesting presentation of the methods and tools developed for SHEFFIELD.
The presentation methods are well designed and use a mix of drawing and photographic techniques to present their ideas and findings. It shows in a graphic visual way how the project developed and how the information data was gathered. I like this work.
Tutorial meetings with course advisers is always of great benefit to my design thinking. Presenting a clear definitive proposal for the MDes project is vital for successfully completing the MINDFUL DESIGN PRACTICE MODULE. Today was a refocus of my design activity for the research project and enables me to move on to develop a assessed presentation.
THE PROJECT HAS TO BE PRESENTED TO MEET THE FOLLOWING ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
RATIONALE AND CONTENT : how the project fits in the world and who will benefit ?
METHODS : which design methods have been selected or created ?
PRODUCTION : what prototypes have been produced + level of detail ?
PROJECT MANAGEMENT : how timeline of activity is mapped to meet endpoint?
A 15 minute POWERPOINT PRESENTATION is being developed to deliver to the assessment deadline for Tuesday 17 May 2011.