Welcome to this rolling series of creative events led by Journeys in Design, exploring urban design for well-being, collaborating to develop and deliver new Walks, a series of Twilight Talks and an evolving Exhibition across art, design and industry. 

June 2021: a walk on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, collaborating with design experts and enthusiasts 

June 2023: a walk in Glasgow Green, developed and delivered by those with experience of homelessness   

and coming up next…

Concrete Designs to Thrive

12 to 28 June 2024

in and around The Briggait, Glasgow

  • – Material and Modernity Exhibition 
  • – Twilight Talk and ‘zine CDT workshops
  • – Glasgow Green and Grey Walk by Design,

How can we build in well-being so all of us can thrive?


Concrete is our material focus for this exploration of urban design and well-being. From the minute to the monumental, concrete is the basis for a huge array of urban interventions across art, design and industry, forming the structural warp to a cultural weft of people, places and activities. 

By Leaves we Live

CDT is underpinned by reflection on the work of pioneering Scottish botanist and town planner, Patrick Geddes.

As a generalist, Geddes worked ‘across silos’ to engage with Creative Allies from science and the arts; his Outlook Tower offered a culture hub for exploring ideas, his Summer Schools brought like minds together and his itinerant Cities and Town Planning Exhibition offered a means to disseminate his work.

In addition, four approaches adopted by Geddes find focus in our CDT programme:

  • civic co-design: understanding local landscape and culture through direct engagement with community
  • – ‘conservative surgery’: retrofit rather than the wrecking ball, a regenerative appraisal of what might work best
  • – the power of nature: biophiliic design, with provision of urban green space and in choice of materials 
  • – internationalism: an enthusiastic embrace of opportunities to debate and exchange beyond borders

Themes and Variations 

Bringing more manageable focus to the broad landscape of urban design, CDT draws on eight essential acts of life:

MEET, HEAL, PRAY, LEARN, NEST, VOTE, WORK and PLAY. As we tour on from Glasgow, we explore different urban landscapes and enable diverse creative energies, giving voice to the local en route. 

Is it a CON?

As evidence grows of the intimate link between individual, community and planetary health, there is a clear tension in referring to Concrete in relation to well-being. Across the globe, concrete is the most utilised material on the planet after water, contributing to 8% of global CO2 emissions; in Scotland, 40% of landfill derives from construction.

As law makers and regulators seek to guide and cajole, designers confront the heavy carbon footprint of this ubiquitous material with innovative approaches to method and material. 

Image Building

Scotland’s photo-maestros have created a stunning archive of the country’s urban landscapes, in particular through imaging the post-war rise (and fall) of archetypal concrete structures. CDT draws inspiration, collaborating with local photographers and creatives to build smartphone archives and a series of zine CDT’s on our Walks by Design.

City Linking

As the programme unfolds, we stretch our journeys beyond borders, inviting creatives from allied cities around the world to foster new international collaborations. We hope you enjoy this ambitious programme, and will journey with us as it unfolds.

Journeys in Design seeks to enable well-being through Design, engaging people at a local level with our walks and workshops and further at the national and international level with our exhibitions and talks.

Exhibition, Talk

Event Details

Date: June 12 - June 28

The Briggait
The Briggait
141 Bridgegate
G1 5HZ

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