From 20-23 September, two Westminster projects were displayed at the London Design Fair as part of ‘Design Research for Change’, showcasing 67 Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Design research projects.

The projects were developed by Design researchers and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and demonstrated the impact they have had in challenging issues nationally and globally. ‘Design Research for Change’ is a showcase of how design research can help develop innovative solutions to complex issues around the world.

Taking place in the Old Truman Brewery, the showcase was selected by Design Week as one of the highlights of the event and featured the work of researchers from more than 40 UK universities and their collaborative partners, including two projects from the University of Westminster. They tackled issues around sustainability, ageing, health and wellbeing, and transforming public services, among others.

‘Picturing modern Ankara’, led by Dr Davide Deriu, from the School of Architecture and Cities, is a project focused on the making of modern Ankara in the 1920s-30s. The research draws from the unpredicted environment of encounters between East and West and the resulting cross-cultural perceptions the new capital provided. Dr Deriu was awarded an Early-Career Fellowship by the AHRC to develop his project in 2011.

Susannah Hagan
Credit: Susannah Hagan

Another Westminster-based project was ‘Public spaces and the role of the architect’, led by Susannah Hagan in 2016-17. Studying the legacy of architectural Modernism in both London and Sao Paulo, it examined the public spaces around examples of large scale Modernist architecture using analysis from the 1960s and 70s to contribute to the recent debate of ‘place-making’ from a historical angle. 

The showcase was organised by Professor Paul Rodgers, from Lancaster University. He said: “The projects illustrate wide-ranging social, cultural, and economic impact and highlight the significant roles that UK-based Design researchers play in some of the most complex and challenging issues we face both in the UK and globally, and the positive outcomes that are being designed and developed.”

Learn more about researches carried out in the University of Westminster.

Cover picture credit: Davide Deriu

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