Tag: culture



For me, it was about the potentialities that we have like a conscious persons that we have  around our own environment. It´s related with the capacity to observe our “rubbish” in another way, seeing the same like a potential “seed” to built other things.

In reference to the exercise that we made, is made with rubber wheels, which could be mounted and fitted in the manner that you can built a chair, for example. But, this methodology applies to everything, the only barrier is our imagination and our creativity.

Rubber car wheels, hammer drills, screws, nuts, washers, etc.

Also we made an inflatable made with:

Plastic bags, tape, cutter...

I think this “tool” could be useful especially in spaces with a lot of access to recyclable materials, or in places where overshooting plastic and other materials exists.
I believe that the tool is very useful in raising awareness, which ultimately is what gets us to see the materials and consumption itself from other perspectives.

I learned about the importance of observing the materials, and the relationship between the structure of the material and content (level of industrial design) allows us to take advantage of the material itself other unexpected ways. You could say that it is a "redesign" open, so that you can give objects a second, third, fourth life etc.



Participatory Web Design

Participatory Web Design invites the community project members to use the existing tools, future tools and all the information gathered to understand how they would like to see them documented on a website. Participants would go through a variety of exercises in both groups and as individuals to come up with ideas, share inspiration and begin shaping and informing the website design.

What do we need:

 Two days

 Set up room with 4-5 tables (how many people are attending?)

 Print A3 Brainstorm notes from past session (4-5 copies)

Use case cards

 Vision Statement - What is the outcome we want to see? What purpose will it serve?

 Scissors

 Tape

 Bluetack

 Brown paper

 Post-its

 Markers

 Pens

 Blank A4 paper

Previous ideas printed on A4

Day One

 Introduction

 Plan of the workshop

 Review Brainstorm notes

 Use case cards - to understand who will use the website and why

 Review previous ideas

 Vision statement - to understand the purpose of the website and the overall project

Day Two - Prototyping! - sketch, brainstorm ideas

 Show inspiration on similar projects and using post-its, everyone writes down what they like from each site.

 Crazy 8 sketching - Fold A4 paper in half, then again in half two more times until you have 8 equally folded boxes when you open up the paper again.

(1) run an icebreaker where you give everyone 30 seconds to draw random things (i.e. cat, flower, garden, horse, community) starting from easy to more complex.

(2) run the activity again, but this time sketch ideas of how the homepage would look like. Everyone will get 1 minute per pox (8 minutes) to fill each box with a different idea. 

(3) everyone shares their ideas and discuss what people like. Repeat it again with the tools page. 

 Wireframes - Sketch ideas on single A4 sheets based on how you envision the main pages i.e. homepage, about, tools page, specific tool page.

 How do we categorise the content? Using A4 sheets with the title of existing/future tools (one per sheet), pass around post-its and pens.. Everyone can write what they feel are appropriate tags/categories for that tool. Pass each paper around until everyone has added their tag to it. This will inform the category/tag for that tool.

In a later session...

 Define roles for the website and project

 Walk-through and provide training to project members on updating the website

This website is the result of the collaborative nature of the participatory web design sessions. A spreadsheet was created to gather all the ideas from the workshops, which informed the design of the website.

Participatory web design ideas, use cases, vision statements, etc 



Guided Walking Tour

This tool is a guided walk around your community. This particular walk in Garnethill is lead by members of the Glasgow Women’s Library and by women and looks at the local history from the contemporary and historical perspective of the women of Garnethill. The idea is to give a tour around Garnethill open to everyone who wants know more about the local history and Glasgow. 

Materials needed:

  • A tour guide
  • Map of the area 
  • 60 minutes
  • Umbrellas in case of rain

How to use it:

  1. Fix date and meet up location
  2. Spread the word about the event
  3. Maybe have a sort of booking system so that you’d know how many people are coming
  4. Prepare the tour and exercise public speaking
  5. Inform attenders with restricted mobility of possible obstacles
  6. Meet and greet the people for the tour
  7. Start tour
  8. Walk around
  9. End tour bringing people back to the starting point

Something like: even in a relatively small area it’s possible to find a rich past and history of the women living the area and city? It must be like this everywhere. Perhaps more should be done by the local council to acknowledge this history (with signs and plaques?) or it may be a community’s initiative.

Perhaps it’d be good to update the tour with histories coming from migrants and others’ cultures of those living in Garnethill.




This tool brings people/the community together. The photo acts as a mediator in sharing stories, experiences, historical facts, concerns, hopes and dreams about the neighbourhood.

Original Proposal

  • photographs (old or new)
  • space to pin them up
  • printed map to show their location
  • portable scanner, printer and photo paper
  • free coffee for people to come share their photos and their stories about the area

Other materials:

Photocoffee Event Poster

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A beautiful session where people interacted, learned new things about their area and shared smiles. It would be interesting to try this sessions also in an open space, so that it becomes visible to even more people.

Photocoffee event photos


Photocoffee Garnethill photos

Charing Cross 1969
Charing Cross 1970
Cowcaddens Road at Cambridge Street 1978
Cowcaddens Street at Stow Street 1975
Sauchiehall Street (McLellan Galleries)
Sauchiehall Street 1960
Sauchiehall Street 1960s
Sauchiehall Street 1965
Sauchiehall Street 1975
Sauchiehall Street at Rose Street 1975
Glasgow Chinese Women's Group
GSA Demonition 2
GSA Demonition 3
GSA Demonition 4
GSA fire
GSA JD Kelly Building
Wing Hong Elderly Centre 1
Wing Hong Elderly Centre 2