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What is the Future of Domestic Life?

What is the Future of Domestic Life?

21 October 2016
by Gwen Webber

6.30pm, 15 November, DCA, Dundee

The Architecture Fringe, Creative Dundee and the British Council are bringing together a cohort of veritable Dundee residents, commentators and designers to discuss the future of domestic life in the city. Debating ideas about shared space and common ground, the panellists, including author Gerry Hassan, curator Shumi Bose and film-maker Sam Goncalves, will explore notions of domestic life in a place where traditional boundaries between civic space and private life are increasingly blurred.

Prompted by the ideas behind at the Venice Architecture Biennale exhibition, Home Economics, which challenged preconceptions about contemporary life and proposed five new models for domestic living by a variety of people, including artists, architects and community house-builders, this discussion will focus on Dundee and take in the opinions of an equally diverse range of voices. In the context of this UNESCO City of Design's rising cultural quarter, site of the UK’s third largest redevelopment programme, and its home-grown innovators and design festival, it is timely to discuss what Dundee is like to live in now and in the future.

Join us on Tuesday, 15 November at 6.30pm at DCA, Dundee.

Tickets are free and include refreshments but space is limited so reserve your place here


Shumi Bose

Shumi is an editor, teacher and curator based in London. She teaches histories and theories of architecture at the Architectural Association and at Central Saint Martins, and has worked for several architectural institutions in London and New York. Shumi was a curatorial collaborator for the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture, where she edited Common Ground: A Critical Reader with Sir David Chipperfield. Recent publications include Real Estates: Life Without Debt (Bedford Press, 2014) and Places for Strangers (with mæ architects, Park Books, 2014). @tontita00

Gerry Hassan

Gerry is a writer, commentator and author of numerous, widely acclaimed books on Scotland, Britain and social change. His latest book is ‘Scotland the Bold’  looks at Scotland and the UK post-Brexit, political, social and cultural change, and the future shape of Scotland.

He has been called ‘a myth slayer’ (James Mitchell, Edinburgh University), writer of ‘the best post-indyref pieces I have read’ (Kenny Farquharson, The Times) and even ‘a latter day Daniel Defoe’ (Bella Caledonia comment). Recent books include ‘The Strange Death of Labour Scotland’ – the definitive account of Labour decline in Scotland and ‘Caledonian Dreaming: The Quest for a Different Scotland’ which was hailed across the political spectrum; Elaine C. Smith calling it ‘an intelligent, brave and much needed contribution to the debate’ and Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins saying ‘Hassan’s conclusions are fascinating.’ Most recently has been the collection, ‘Scottish National Party Leaders’ was lauded by Neal Ascherson as ‘a remarkable book’. Gerry is co-organiser of Imagination: Scotland’s Festival of Ideas and regularly appears in Scottish, UK and international media.@gerryhassan

Sam Gonçalves

Sam is a documentary filmmaker and a youth worker at Hot Chocolate Trust, a local youth charity. His work often focuses on the personal impact of larger political issues. Originally from Brazil, his films have offered discussions from the destructive ripples of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in São Paulo’s favelas to the ongoing urban development in Dundee.
His latest short film, ‘The Lifespan of Utopias’, was produced as a degree piece for the MFA in Arts & Humanities at Duncan of Jordanstone. It tells the story of the Alexander Street Multis, and the growing significance of their journey. @sidlingbears

Andy Milligan

Andy is a researcher and Programme Director of Interiors at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, University of Dundee. He’s taught at creative institutions in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Dundee and is an international coordinator for GIDE: Group for International Design Education and leads the Border Crossings collaboration. The term ‘Domestechtopias’ describes his research into the impacts and opportunities affecting our digital and domestic experiences. Previous AHRC / EPSRC funded research includes FLEX: Flexible Dwellings for Extended Living - exploring ageing and dwelling; Building Banter - workplace behaviour change, and SPARKS - urban green spaces. He co-edited ‘Interior Tools Interior Tactics’ and ‘Thinking Inside the Box’ and was a contributor to ‘Interiors Education Futures’ and to ‘The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design’. He is currently an external examiner in Singapore.

Chair - Penny Lewis

Penny is a lecturer in architectural theory and history at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture. Previously she was editor of Prospect, the Scottish architecture magazine from 2003-2008. She writes for a variety of publications on a range of cultural issues and is currently writing the text for the Phaidon World Atlas covering Spain and Switzerland. She is the founder of the St. Peters Preservation Trust and in 2011 co-founded the AE Foundation.

What does the future of the home look like to you? Join the discussion and reserve your place here