Transformative Education – from design to the social sciences

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November 15, 2022
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Urban Design and Planning, Urban History / Studies

Transformative Education – from design to the social sciences

University of Dundee, UK | Routledge, UK | UCL Press, UK

Dates: 15-17 November 2022

Abstracts: 05 October 2022

Place: Virtual



As we face the challenges of rapid urbanization, social and economic inequalities and the climate emergency, our students need to be equipped to navigate a super-complex and uncertain world.

Understanding the complexity of place and societal issues, and our roles as designers, advisors or practitioners in various fields is essential. In shaping and re-shaping places, services and community practices of various sorts, students have the opportunity to look holistically at the inter-connection of society, structures, and space, but also to understand how they might contribute and be part of the problem they are addressing and its solution.

If it is said that “the people coming out of the world’s best colleges and universities are leading us down the current unhealthy, inequitable, and unsustainable path” how might design education change direction?

Asking this question with a particular interest in the built environment and design, the team at the University of Dundee welcome topics that include but are not limited to:

Civic mindedness  |  Critical practice  |  Transformative pedagogy  |  Transdisciplinary design  |  Community activism  |  ‘Live’ projects  |  Collaboration and co-design  |  Participatory practices and research.


Publications with Routledge and AMPS as part of its UCL Press open access journal.

Contact Info: 

Kirsty Macari, Cindee Hogan, Rachel Isaac-Menard, Joseph Reid