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.