• Design in Action programme supports the Scottish Economy

    The University of Dundee’s Design in Action programme is helping to help grow the Scottish economy.

  • Music halls: Let’s get physical

    Live-music venues are making a comeback, but this time with greater emphasis on the physical presence of the space – inside and out – and more emphasis on enhancing the audience experience. We listen in!

  • A closer look

    Museums are getting smarter about bringing their audiences closer to the subject, and even closer to each other, finds Veronica Simpson.

  • Dare to dream

    The chance to dream – something designers are rarely offered in the name of productive work. Veronica Simpson uncovers some inspiring examples of schemes – even countries – that offer support for unfettered creativity.

  • Resilient cities: Bristol

    Bristol’s year as European Green Capital has seen this UK city deliver a raft of projects that demonstrate its commitment to sustainable transport, energy, food culture and urban design. But a greater force is being summoned to maximise the programme’s impact: the creativity and enthusiasm of its citizens

  • Bringing libraries back to life

    Rumours of the book’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, so Veronica Simpson takes a look at the latest library incarnations that prove it’s all in the media.

  • Daydream believer: Theaster Gates

    Theaster Gates, artist and activist, has demonstrated that grass-roots architecture and culture can be a powerful force for activating human capital in the city. Artists often like to dream the impossible — but few go out and make it happen

  • Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design

    Veronica Simpson visits the Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design, which busts stereotypes and prejudices through a focus of contemporary creativity and innovation.

  • The North is risen…

    This North West city is seeing regeneration that combines ambitious scale with high-quality civic projects and, in doing so, is bringing new life, new residents and new economic prosperity to Manchester.

  • Designing without boundaries with Alexander Calder

    Veronica Simpson takes a look at modern design icon, Alexander Calder, now on show at Tate Modern