DOT TO DOT community framework [www.dots.scot] is an civic experiment in social innovation powered by a community consortium led by Studio Pop (lead), Clyde Electronics and Dunard Primary School. We have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and cooperation agreements, which set the terms and understanding between parties to develop new or enhanced community-led services in 636 Maryhill Road site including the Forth and Clyde Canal. 

DOT TO DOT Maryhill Station is an experimental civic project. It connects eco-design, waste reuse and societal challenges throughout a network of remarkers and active citizens in Glasgow city.

DOT TO DOT partners work with local fragile communities to improve the perception of citizens as active place-makers in the areas of Art, Waste, Design, Education, Science and Health through co-creation and circular economy. Our consortium connects eco-schools, social enterprises, immigrants, low-income young families, young graduates, professionals, university students, children, community gardens, municipality and local stakeholders to jointly create live projects and remake a derelict gap site into vibrant community place.

Currently DOT TO DOT community is leading multiple activities involving participatory design charrettes, social media interaction, hand-on volunteering work and creative entrepreneurship aligned with the socio-economic sectors prioritised by Scotland’s Economic Strategy that connects Creative Industries, Environment and ITC.

Community Consortium

The lead organisation is Studio Pop C.I.C., www.studiopop.net an innovative social enterprise that connects waste to design for society. Our experiments utilise research by design by testing/piloting real life projects. As learning methods, we implement a experiential learning model called THINK2PLAY4MAKE (TPM). Our social business is aligned with the socio-economic sectors prioritised by the Scotland’s Economic Strategy that connects Creative Industries (eco-design), Environment (waste reuse) and ITC (social technologies). We work in Glasgow, Scotland, Europe and worldwide throughout a network of ambassadors. STUDIO POP offers: 1. Ecological design (urban resilience, service design + waste remaking); 2. Community engagement; 3. Education, coaching and training; 4. Knowledge exchange and cooperation; 5. Co-designing, DIY and self-build solutions; 6. Testing and piloting live projects; 7. Research on community-led self-build and remaking techniques, eco-design, adaptive urbanism, agile landscape and public artistry; and 8. Bespoke consultancy in co- creation, circular economy, citizen science and urban reactivation.

Clyde Electronics C.I.C. [www.clydeelectronics.co.uk] acts as ICT design, training and bespoken consultancy firm in the area of electronic engineering and ICT. They are founding partner.

Dunard Primary School [http://www.dunard-pri.glasgow.sch.uk] seeks to foster in children a positive attitude to learning, citizenship and the environment. They are founding partner.

Our community consortium obtained the Stalled Spaces Award and European Social Fund Aspiring Community Fund (phase 1) to test/pilot social innovation and citizen science solutions in an experimental site in Maryhill Road, Glasgow. Partners regenerate a vacant site through hands-on projects, remaking, artistry and pop-up architecture. The aim is to support children, young people and families who are facing challenging circumstances tackling isolation and promoting social inclusion, with a particular focus on children, young people, people with disabilities, and under-represented groups including immigrants.

Our social business is aligned with the socio-economic sectors prioritised by Scotland’s Economic Strategy that connects Creative Industries, Environment and ITC (social technologies). We co-develop restorative/regenerative civic actions, build multicultural synergies and share creative learning capacities in ecological design, waste reuse and outdoor learning.