Learning Journey 2015 – ‘City of Design’

The 2015 Learning Journey took place on Saturday 7th November and celebrated Dundee’s great achievement of UNESCO ‘City of Design’ status.  Dundee is the first city in the UK to be awarded City of Design status by the United Nations in recognition of the city’s contributions to diverse design fields including medical research, comics and video games.  Further information about ‘Dundee – City of Design’ is available here.

During the day we saw various examples of high quality design at the four host locations:

  • Dundee Waterfront – large scale engineering design (viewed from RRS Discovery) as part of a £1 billion redevelopment project
  • DC Thomson – publishing design at Kingsway East HQ covering a range of newspapers, magazines and comics
  • Verdant Works – design of a historic building renovation bringing a derelict structure back into use as a high quality museum gallery
  • Maggie’s Dundee – iconic Frank Gehry building design which houses and supports the cancer care work within the centre

You can watch a slideshow of the 2015 Learning Journey below.

This year we made a particular effort to encourage people from the city’s various communities to take part in the Learning Journey event and we were delighted to welcome representatives from all over the city including the Whitfield Community Choir which also kindly performed for us at lunch time.  Around two-thirds of this year’s participants came from community groups – though we still had space for our regular Learning Journey attendees!

Many thanks to Xplore Dundee (formally National Express Dundee) for generously agreeing to provide the bus and driver (Scott) for this event.
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