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Journeys in Design

mindful design and materials: soil, sea and streets

Journeys in Design is a series of programmes exploring
where design meets well-being and sustainable futures,
engaging local communities, reaching out internationally,
and setting Scotland’s contemporary design talent in context.

Browse through our programmes and events
and sign up for our occasional newsletters below.
Book for our latest events via our dedicated Eventbrite pages. 

“It is a privilege to co-design our programmes in a country of such impressive creative talent, producing our events in diverse locations across Scotland and beyond.”  Dr John Ennis Curator


*Catch up with our latest Flax Futures

emerging from Our Linen Stories programme

These proposals aim to make new contributions to the shared material culture revealed by Our Linen Stories in collaboration with colleagues and organisations met en route 

Read about Flax and Linen Festivals Scotland,

Making Millie, our creative tribute to women in the textile industry

and our moves to create a Fibreshed regenerative textile network in Scotland, 

*Join our latest Walks by Design

introducing our Concrete Designs to Thrive programme


You can now watch all 7 videos from our Concrete Designs to Thrive programme of 'Walks by Design' which took place in June 2021. Click here for the Concrete Designs to Thrive home page.


1 Meet: We met with Emma Olver of Scottish Historic Buildings Trust to discuss Patrick Geddes legacy of social sustainability in and around the Lawnmarket. 


2 Learn: With Dr Francesca Baseby, Centre for Research Collections, we discuss Basil Spence's design for Edinburgh University Library in George Sqaure.

3 Nest: The walk continues down Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile, to meet design activists Ed and Paul, dipping in to discuss regenerative garden design in an inner city environment.

4 Pray: Discussing art in urban design and the spiritual with mosaic artist Joanna Kessel. We stop at Charteris Land, off the Canongate, to discuss a striking set of concrete relief sculptures.

5 Heal: Talking with Ruthanne Baxter about University of Edinburgh's Prescribe Culture programme which uses culture to help students facing mental health issues.

*Check out our COP26 contributions

across all our Journeys in Design

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