Manufacturing Workgroup: Can Britain (design and) make it?, 18/07/2013 (London)

Thursday 18 July, 2013
6:30 for a 7:00 pm start

De Santis
11-13 Old Street (near junction with Goswell Road)
London EC1V 9HL


We are convening these discussions as, having reached the limits of austerity, the debate about the economy is moving towards innovation and growth. The importance of manufacturing and the creation of real value is being recognised, as well as its role in facilitating progress and improving quality of life. New possibilities are presented by new materials, new processes, information technology, and the merging of services and products. The value of design and creativity is being recognised in all these areas.

This discussion following our Workgroup on 3D printing: neither gimmick nor revolution, and will inform a one-day event we are programming and producing for the London Design Festival on design, manufacturing and the economy, which will take place on 18 September at the V&A, and to which you will be invited.

There is no cost to take part in this discussion, but we do expect participants to do some preparation, and to actively engage in the discussion. Readings can be found on the Manufacturing Workgroup page. If you would like to take part please book via Eventbrite (where you can also add the event to your calendar and find a map locating the venue).

On the evening a short introduction on the subject will also be given, and this will be followed by a general discussion around the questions and themes noted (below).
Eventbrite - Manufacturing Workgroup: Can Britain (design and) make it?

Questions and themes to consider for the discussion

  • How and where can design better serve manufacturing? And how and where can manufacturing better serve design?
  • Can London and the UK again be centres of manufacturing and innovation? And/or might they flourish as a creative hub for global manufacturing?
  • And how might we better link R&D with design and manufacturing?

Initial Readings



Further readings can be found in the shared bookmarks @thebigpotatoes #design #manufacturing

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