Archipelago 136
GSA Research

Event Type:

Research Week


Reid Auditorium, Reid Building, 164 Renfrew Street


18 Apr 2016
18:00 -



Archipelago 136
Innovation at the Edge

Archipelago 136

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Archipelago 136: Innovation at the Edge
Monday 18 April 2016

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Situated off the northwest coast of mainland Scotland, the Hebrides form an archipelago of over 100 islands. Celtic mythology, Viking settlement and land clearance feature prominently in the historical narrative. More contemporary concerns include depopulation, tourism dependency, and industrial decline. Responding to this complex context, InDI’s Archipelago 136 programme investigates the possible contributions of design innovation to the development and sustainability of the Hebrides’ fragile rural communities.

In this presentation we aim to share our progress to date. To this end, we will first discuss how we have positioned design innovation as a practice, which can transform and enrich the patterns of daily life on the islands. We shall then move on to outline our current work on three projects forming the programme’s core: Digital Makers, Digital Assets, and Songlines. Here, emphasis will be placed on how the interlinking processes of creativity, collaboration and craft form drivers which guide and underpin our research. Before concluding, we will offer a final elaboration on how the programme has established a number of strong research teaching links, which continue to both form and inform our work in the field.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session, where we invite the audience to respond to our themes, methods and future directions.


  • Dr. Paul Smith
  • Dr. George Jaramillo
  • Dr. Brian Dixon

The Institute of Design Innovation (InDI) is a research institute at The Glasgow School of Art. We are a distributed, creative collective of researchers, lecturers and students specialising in Design Innovation. Together, we address complex issues through new design practices and bespoke community engagement to co-create preferable futures. We are located in both Glasgow and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, which is home to our headquarters enabling us to teach and research in urban and geographically distributed contexts.

Research supported by the Institute of Design Innovation at The Glasgow School of Art and Highlands and Islands Enterprise


This event is part of GSA Research Week 2016. Running from 18th - 22nd April, the week comprises a range of talks and events showcasing research and researchers at The Glasgow School of Art - all welcome.