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  • Dott 07

    Community, Environmental Design


    <a href="">Dott 07</a> (Designs of the time 2007) is a year of community projects, events and exhibitions based in North East England that explore what life in a sustainable region could be like – and how design can help us get there.

    An initiative of the Design Council and the regional development agency, One NorthEast, <a href="">Dott 07</a> enables communities and individuals in North East England to collaborate with designers in real-life situations. These projects are small but important examples of what life in a sustainable region might be like.

    The Community Projects:

    <a href="">Urban Farming</a>, which helps schools, communities and businesses grow their own fresh food in a variety of spaces in Middlesbrough, and help them make it into meals in special kitchens called Kitchen Playgrounds.

    <a href="">Low Carb Lane</a>, one street in Northumberland will look at a range of ways of making their homes more energy efficient, cutting their carbon emissions and reducing their demand on the National Grid by up to 60%.

    <a href="">DaSH (Design and Sexual Health) </a> seeks to improve screening and treatment provision for sexual health in Gateshead in consultation with service users. The aim is to develop a system where anyone contacting the service will be seen within 48 hours.

    <a href="">Move Me</a> in Scremerston, Northumberland looks for ways to improve transport provision within this small rural community. They’ll investigate how best to use public and private transport resources in a radically more efficient way, and thereby make it easier and more energy efficient for people to get around.

    <a href="">OurNewSchool</a> brings together a whole variety of people to learn, share thoughts, discover opportunities and come up with new ideas to improve people's experiences of being at school. OurNewSchool at Walker Technology College has the support of designers and other experts. Students, staff and people from the wider school community explore how to change the ways things work and collaborate to design and try out solutions.

    <a href="">Alzheimer 100</a> will look how design can improve the daily life of people with dementia and their carers. The project will look at practical issues and seek to design new products and services that tackle them.

    Dott 07 is led by programme director John Thackara and executive producer Robert O'Dowd.

  • For more comment on the urban agriculture strand of DOTT, see


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