Places of Potential: DUNDEE

The Steeple, Dundee City Centre, Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DG
WED 23rd & THURS 24th MAY 2018 – 10AM-6PM FREE

As part of the design month, Dundee will welcome the Districts of Creativity 2018 Places of Potential Summit. The DC Network brings together people from across the globe and from different sectors to harness the power of creativity to identify new ways of combining knowledge, technology and resources to impact on society for the better.

This two day symposium seeks to investigate how we as designers, architects, planners, and citizens can create the conditions for creativity to flourish. The event will actively encourage participants from different disciplines to explore best practice and open dialogue which investigates the benefits of insider knowledge and the reflections of outsider observations to stimulate co-creation.

Delegates are welcome to attend one or both days.



Places of Potential: DUNDEE is part of Dundee Design Month, a full programme of design activity taking place across the city. Delegates can browse the full programme online at and are encouraged to extend their stay in Dundee to take in some of the other activity.


With the city as a venue, this symposium will use workshops, case studies and conversations to explore best practice in Placemaking. Supported by Service Design specialists Open Change, in association with Dundee’s Place Partnership, this interactive, hands-on day will focus on physical spaces. The day will feature contributions and collaborations from architects, designers and engagement specialists from Norway, the Netherlands and Scotland.

At the start of the day, our facilitators will pose questions including:

  • Are we listening to seldom heard voices?
  • When we collaborate does the power shift?
  • How do we really work with each other?

These questions will underpin the discussions, explorations and presentations and are intended to support reflection on our own projects to apply learnings from the event in our own local contexts.


Welcome to DundeeHow can Dundee be an inclusive city?

Stewart Murdoch, Managing Director Leisure & Culture Dundee and Chair of UNESCO City of Design Dundee.

Morning Session – A City Tour.

On this city tour groups will visit four locations and explore

  • Hot Chocolate Trust: Young people being valued with Andy Robertson
  • Discovery Walk: Embedding the history of the cities people in its regeneration, with Illustrator Suzanne Scott
  • V&A Garden: Involving people in the design of the environment with Gary Kennedy & Lindsey McIntosh
  • Tay St Mews: Renewing the old, breathing new life into old spaces.

City regeneration – is it reaching all our citizens?  

Dundee Decides: Cllr John Alexander & Marie Dailly, Service Manager Communities
Dundee Recovery: Sharon Brand Co-Founder

Reflection Session, Chaired by Mike Press and posing the questions:

How do you include seldom heard voices?
How do you give a city creative confidence?
How can creativity and democracy work together?


Visit to DJCAD    

Visit to DJCAD Interior & Environmental Design Student Show and Presentation with discussion and reflection. Led by Gary Kennedy & Lindsey McIntosh

Afternoon Presentation Session                

Project Profiles – a series of short presentations highlighting active projects to share learning and inspire.
Grantown Regeneration, Edinburgh Scotland
West Ward Works, Dundee Scotland
Sibelius at the front door, Tilburg, Brabant
Year of Young People 2018, Scotland
Barnetraak, Planning Consultation tool, Norway

Afternoon Panel and discussion  

Panel session and discussion, chaired by Mike Press, Open Change Dundee with invited contributors from today’s programme discussing the questions:

How do you include seldom heard voices?
How do you give a city creative confidence?
How can creativity and democracy work together?

Evening Session

7 -10pm – Pecha Kucha Night, The Whitehall Theatre

Enjoy the super speedy 20 sec x 20 slide format hosted by Creative Dundee. Hear from a range of people speaking on topics entirely of their own choice. Talks can be entertaining, thought-provoking and are often inspiring. Pecha Kucha Night Vol 21 is part of Scotland’s Year of Young People. The night will be delivered and programmed with young people from across Dundee.


The second day of the symposium will explore of the principles of co-design, benefits of digital design and the engagement and rights of young people in an increasingly digital world. This event will be of interest to anyone who would like to explore further the role that digital technology plays in developing the spaces in which people create. In association with Dundee Design Festival.


Morning Session

Visit DJCAD – Social Digital DesignStudent Degree Show and Presentation with discussion and reflection.

Afternoon Presentation Session

Project Profiles – a series of short presentations highlighting active projects to share learning and inspire.
Wouter Sluis-Thiescheffer, Project Manager UX and Design Research, Fontys Hogeschool ICT

Afternoon Panel and discussion  

Chaired by Mal Abbas,Biome Collective with invited contributors from today’s programme.

Evening Session

6.30pm -10pm – Arcadia Night, Vision Building

Come and play games by Biome Collective and friends at this showcase of indie game design. Hear from local game designers about the making process and experience first hand new games including a two-headed dog and a mindful VR experience. This event is for anyone who plays games, wants to work in games or even if you are baffled by games!


Book tickets on our Eventbrite Page –


Places of Potential: DUNDEE will take place in The Steeple, a city centre venue. It will also make use of a variety of spaces in and around Dundee city centre. Delegates are encouraged to book accommodation in advance as May can be a busy time in Dundee. Hotels which are within a 10 minute walk of both the venue and our transport hubs are:

Malmasion Average price £85 pppn

APEX Hotels Average price £95 pppn

Premier Inn – Dundee Central Average price £60

Hampton by Hilton, Average price £75

Holiday Inn Express (Dock Street) Average price £66

Queens Hotel Average price £100


Dundee is situated on the east coast of Scotland and has excellent train and bus links to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as a daily flight to London, Stanstead airport.

If arriving into Edinburgh Airport, the easiest way to get to Dundee is to take the tram to either Edinburgh Gateway or Edinburgh Haymarket train stations. From there take a train to Dundee (the Aberdeen train stops in Dundee). The train takes approx. 90 minutes, and costs around £25.

Dundee Train station is located in the heart of the city, just 5 minute walk from our main venue.

More travel information can be found here: